Self Employed

The Tory Myth of 'Full Employment' and the Reality: Austerity, 'Self-Employment', Chronic Underemployment and Workfare

Christian Garland | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

The unexpected Tory election victory last month no one seriously expected - least of all the Tory party - broke with the horror of a nightmare become ...

Staying 'Normal' As an Entrepreneur

Jo Gifford | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK
Jo Gifford

Hiding and being a pre-tech and online version of me is certainly welcome from time to time - but I would certainly miss my support team and entrepreneur family and am glad of our mutual madness.

Mass Workfare, Mass Sanctioning, Food Banks and Pay Day Loans: Welcome to the Recovery

Christian Garland | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

The apparent 'economic recovery' of the UK of May 2015, can be seen in the extremely dubious terms set by the formerly incumbent Conservative-led coalition government, and none more so than in the widespread use of food banks and payday loans by the unemployed, and 'working poor' alike.

Debt: Are Self-Employed the Most Vulnerable?

Michael J MacMahon | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK
Michael J MacMahon

The UK's high level of personal indebtedness - our addiction to debt, as it's sometimes called - is a known phenomenon. If the upward trend continues, might self-employed people again be the most vulnerable, with their variable incomes?

A Look at the Working Landscape in 2035

Maite Baron | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

The future isn't set in stone, however it is clear that technology will highly impact the working population, in some cases for the better and in others for the worse, and the reality is that everyone is vulnerable to these changes.

Employee or Entrepreneur - It's a Matter of Choice

Maite Baron | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Fortunately, being an entrepreneur has now become much easier thanks to new technologies and the internet, which have reduced the risk of setting up in business significantly. Lack of job opportunities has also driven entrepreneurial change and so made starting up your own business a much more attractive alternative.

How to Be Self-employed Over School Holidays Without Going Insane

Jo Gifford | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Gifford

Wanna know how to be self employed as a parent over the hols without going la la? Here is my short and sweet lowdown on living, loving and working during what can be a challenging time for self employed parents.

It's Time to Stop Your Dream Shrinkation

Maite Baron | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

The reality is that today, anybody with ambition, determination and courage can start a successful business - whatever their age. And it's true for the over-50s too. In fact, 'baby boomer' businesses are booming, as more and more of them take the entrepreneurial plunge.

Thinking of Changing Your Career?

Pam Warren | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Pam Warren

You need the skills of a business owner, accountant, marketer, promoter, supplier, quality control, creative director and producer all rolled into one. You need a steely determination to succeed and the grim self-motivation to keep moving forward.

The Impact of 'Incompletes'

Erica Sosna | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK
Erica Sosna

Ah, it's that tax return time of year, rolling round once more. Hands up if you have been studiously avoiding completing your accounts and submitting your return?

From Work Disengagement to Soul Fulfillment

Maite Baron | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Even in our technological age, people are still the best asset of any business. Unfortunately, while employers may want the best from those they employ, not all are prepared to give it. And not all companies are willing to invest in their workforce to make sure that happens.

The Loneliness of the Self-Employed

Marina Gask | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK
Marina Gask

Talking to a friend at a networking event the other day, I asked what drove her to pay the hefty fee required to join the business group she belongs to. Referrals? Connections? Adding a few business cards to an already teetering pile? None of these.

Four Business Lessons From Ganache Macarons: The Sweet Taste of Success

Maite Baron | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

These guys should be an inspiration to anyone who has ever wanted to set up their own business doing something they love, but hasn't, maybe because they haven't wanted to borrow the funds to do it with or simply didn't know how to get sta

The Cure for Unhappiness

Maite Baron | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

It shouldn't come as any surprise to learn that children are for the most part pretty happy. After all, they have lots of play time, get everything done for them and don't have to worry about paying the bills.

Money Rich, Time Poor: How to Make Work a Labour of Love

Maite Baron | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

How much leisure time do we actually need? I ask the question because new research suggests that we are starting to think differently about our 'time off'.

The Great Mumpreneur Divide

Jo Gifford | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Gifford

They will be dealing with school letters, bake sales, dress up days, poorly small people sent home, packed lunches, homework and after school clubs as well as taxes, accounts, sales, marketing, outsourcers, coworkers - oh, and the actual work that you charge for.

10 Essential Tips for the Self-Employed

Liz Fraser | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Fraser

One of the weirdest things about self-employement, is that nobody teaches you how to be self-employed. You just....do it. And make a lot of mistakes along the way. Over the last 17 years at the Freelance Coalface, I've learned a few really valuable things that, had I known them at the start, might have saved me a grey hair or 50.

The Domino Effect of Self-Employment

Maite Baron | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

520,000 new businesses were created in the UK last year, with nearly 73,000 of them (14%) set up by former corporate employees - as a nation we're clearly becoming increasingly entrepreneurial and maybe even recapturing something of our "bulldog spirit" when it comes to trade and innovation.

Going It Alone - What Next for Self-Employment?

Duncan O'Leary | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK
Duncan O'Leary

The way we work in Britain is changing. One in seven of the UK workforce is now registered as self-employed - the highest figure on record. On current...

Harsh Realities of Growth in Self-Employment for Britain's Older Workers

Chris Ball | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK
Chris Ball

They are more likely to be following the maxim, "Live longer, work longer," but how much work do they actually do? Being "self-employed" may seem preferable to being "retired" and definitely better than "unemployed," even if many of the self-employed are in tiny jobs, working only a few hours a week. In truth, some may be happy with that, but not all are.

More Of You Are Working For Yourselves, But Still Worse Off

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK Politics

Most of the new jobs created in Britain since the financial crash have involved people becoming self-employed while average income for people working ...

'Worried About Self-Employed Brits? You're Doing Down The Recovery'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Politics

A Tory business minister has hit out at Labour, trade unions and economists for worrying about the rise of self-employed Britons, accusing them of "do...

An Authentic Life Without Fear

Robert Hutchinson | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Robert Hutchinson

It's easier to describe the presence of something than the absence of something but the feeling I had really was an absence; I noticed fear wasn't there. I listened for it, I tried to feel it, I waited for a fleeting thought to come and it simply didn't appear. It was the first time in years I was able to enjoy the moment without those nagging doubts in my head.

Huff Post How To: Make Money On YouTube

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Tech

YouTube has more than 1 billion unique visitors every month, it is, without doubt, the most popular video streaming site on the planet and the great t...

Pay and Self-Employment Crisis Impoverishes as Unemployment Falls

Nick Stephenson | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The rate of unemployment fell from 6.8% to 6.6% in the last three months, leading to government rejoicing. A rise too in the number of people in work - up 345,000 compared to the previous three months - looks good on the face of it...