Self Employed

Freelance Life (AKA Doing Everything)

Lisa Francesca Nand | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Francesca Nand

Working for yourself from home, in charge of your time, no daily commute, answering to no-one, jetting off abroad as often as possible... sounds good doesn't it? But what we don't advertise about freelance life is the amount of work that goes into, well, generating work in the first place.

I'm Self Employed But My Toddler Is The Boss!

Charlotte Wise | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK Parents
Charlotte Wise

Let's face it, being self employed and running your own business is hard work, building your own startup is even harder, but add being a parent to the equation and any fellow mum will tell you there can be days when you will feel everything is impossible!

As A Courier In The Gig-Economy I Feel Let Down By The Taylor Review

Jamie Zeus | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK
Jamie Zeus

As a Hermes courier, I find Taylor's suggestion ridiculous. It gives the likes of Hermes a legitimate excuse not to pay couriers correctly for the work they do - and may in fact allow such companies to reduce pay even more.

Collaboration No Longer A Dirty Word For The Self-Employed

Mike Cherry | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK
Mike Cherry

The launch of the new Parliament provides the perfect opportunity to think afresh about how the needs of the growing self-employed workforce might be met. One thing is certain though - collaboration amongst the self-employed is no longer a dirty word.

The Freelancers Guide To Getting Up

Lorna Harris | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK
Lorna Harris

It's been six months since I became fully freelance. As my own boss, I work from home. That, my friends is altogether a different ball game than doin...

Parents: Why You Need To Quit The Job You Hate

Lauren Marks-Clee | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Parents
Lauren Marks-Clee

I will never forget the day I realised I had to quit my well-paid job and set up my own business. I say had to, not because I was on the verge of being sacked or had an idiot of a boss, or even because I was bored. It was quite the opposite in fact.

So What Do You Do?

Emma Williamson | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Parents
Emma Williamson

Do I tell them how, every morning I get up, get ready, wake my partner and four children up and try and nag them out of bed to go to work/school, whilst making breakfast, emptying the dishwasher and respond to half a dozen of email before 8am?

Dreaming Of A Nomadic Lifestyle?

Alice Weightman | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Weightman

It's a dream job, right? Having the freedom to travel the world, while continuing your career and receiving a regular pay check at the same time. Simp...

Self-Employed? Work From Home? Family Suffering?

Shahilla Barok | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Parents
Shahilla Barok

I may be so much more conscious of this issue as a single parent, who is self-employed, runs a charity and has raised two kids 'single handedly'. My girls roll their eyes and mime at this line as it is much used, mainly in an aim to get people to see that if I can do it....anyone can, seriously, anyone can do this.

Our Uber Driver Victory Goes Straight To Heart Of The Gig Economy Epidemic

Tim Roache | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK
Tim Roache

This is not about arguing against change - we'd be completely swimming against the tide - this is about a decent standard of life for people who are working incredibly hard but not making much.

May The British Spirit Of Entrepreneurship Continue To Shine Bright

Emma L. Jones | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK
Emma L. Jones

As founder of the UK's most active small business network, I hear from and meet with small businesses every day. In the decade in which Enterprise Nation has been in business, we've reported that these small businesses feel confident and optimistic about the future. But I'm beginning to doubt that premise.

Linkedin Isn't For Freelancers...Or Is It?

Jo Rourke | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK Tech
Jo Rourke

Linkedin, when used correctly, can be an extension of your website, providing information you won't include there, and, contrary to popular belief, it can be customised considerably; giving it your personal touch. You'll notice I said it's an extension of your website, not an extension of your CV. After all, your Linkedin profile can have, among other things:

Five Reasons to Join a Mastermind Group

Chris Paradox | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Paradox

The people who you surround yourself with are the biggest influence on your life. They are either a negative influence holding you down, or a positive influence lifting you up.

Cameron and Osborne's First Defeat of this Parliament: Tax Credits are also the Basis for the Tory Bogus 'Self-Employment' Vehicle, and the Wheels are Coming Off

Christian Garland | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

George Osborne's defeat over proposed cuts to Tax Credits in the last week of October is the first major defeat for the Cameron government, and as such it is also a significant puncturing of its inflated hubris and wholly imaginary 'mandate'.

Working for Yourself

Furquan Akhtar | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK Comedy
Furquan Akhtar

Working for yourself is proper grown up stuff. It means taxes, which I have no clue about. Sometimes I have dreams that I'm bankrupt and talking to Piers Morgan; I tell him that "I should have read the small print". For some reason I'm famous enough to be on a talk show in said dream.

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

Christian Garland | Posted 29.06.2016 | 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 13.05.2016 | 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 06.05.2016 | 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 25.01.2016 | 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?