Self Employment

The Control Agenda

Ed Mayo | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Politics
Ed Mayo

Over the last few weeks one word has begun to feature more prominently in our political debate. Not referendum, not uncertainty, not leadership... but control.

Paid Writing: The Attrition Economy

Andrew Keith Walker | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Andrew Keith Walker

Five years ago I dumped the commute, sold out of my various business interests and became a full time freelance writer. It was in many respects the worst career decision I've ever made, but at the same time, also the best. It depends on which day you ask.

Now Is the Time for Freelancers to Work

Ed Mayo | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK
Ed Mayo

With more than a quarter of the UK workforce now self-employed, and new evidence showing this is set to grow this year, the rise of freelancing signals a fundamental shift in the nature of work.

Does Maternity Pay for the Self-Employed Need Reforming?

Mandy Garner | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Parents
Mandy Garner

Farida is one of the increasing number of mums who are setting up their own businesses. In fact, mums make up one of the fastest growing groups in all areas of self employment, from start-ups to contracting and freelancing.

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 01.12.2015 | 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 23.08.2015 | 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 ...

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?

1,000 Jobs Created Every Day - But What Kind of Jobs?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

1.8 million more people are in work since 2010, and that works out at roughly 1,000 per day. It is when you dig a bit deeper that things start to unravel. Only from the middle of 2013 were more employee jobs created than lost. Of the 1.1 million rise in the number in work between 2008 and 2014, 732,000 were actually in self-employment.

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.

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.

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.

Why Wearing Pyjamas All Day Is Fine...

Samantha Baines | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Comedy
Samantha Baines

Yes, it is alright for some (without going into the fact that being self-employed is actually quite challenging), it's alright for me Mr. Delivery Man because I proudly wear my pyjamas during the day and here is why: Pyjamas are comfy.

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

Stuck in a Job You Don't Like?

Louise Presley-Turner | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Presley-Turner

Are you fed up doing work you don't really care about? Are you looking to do something more meaningful but aren't sure where to start?

What Can Government do to Help the Self Employed?

Tim Farron | Posted 26.12.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

Unlike Ed Miliband, I won't sit around deriding improved employment figures. There are problems we must fix instead of running negative campaigns - for instance, ONS estimates suggest that the average (median) income of the self-employed has fallen by around 22% since 2008, at least in part because many of the self-employed are working fewer hours than they would like. As the economy improves in the years ahead, some may prefer to move back for the security of full-time employment - if so, they will take with them valuable experience of huge benefit to the organisations they join.

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.

Unemployment Down - But Quality Jobs Remain a Problem

Nick Stephenson | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

A job is better than no job, but an economy that creates more part-time work, fake self-employment and low value work, and which continually cuts the real wages of its workers, is not healthy.

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 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.

Have You Got What It Takes to Go It Alone?

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

Ensure you do have some financial cushion or savings, as it can all take much longer than you think to see a profit. Find a group of people in a similar situation to you (mastermind group, networking group) so you can learn from and support each other.

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...