Self Employment

From Work Disengagement to Soul Fulfillment

Maite Baron | Posted 03.12.2014 | 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 21.11.2014 | 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 19.11.2014 | 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 10.11.2014 | 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 26.10.2014 | 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...

Fake Recovery Continues - Two-Thirds of Jobs Created Since 2008 Are Self-Employed, and Earnings Fall Sharply

Nick Stephenson | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released information on changes in self-employment, and confirms what we have said for years: the increase is an issue more of desperation than any 'entrepreneurial spirit'.

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...

Flourishing in Freelance - How to Take The Plunge

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

Ever hated your boss? Plenty of us have. In fact I only lasted six months in employment before I worked out that being told what to do by someone else...

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...

More Than Half New 'Jobs' Are Self-Employment - And Most Earn Below Minimum Wage

Nick Stephenson | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today announced another fall in unemployment and rise in employment, but recent troubling patterns are continuing. In the three months to March 2014, unemployment fell 133,000 to 2.2 million people, or 6.8% of the working age population...

Shedding Money Worries and Unleashing Your Creative Beast

Martyn Sibley | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

Unless you don't follow me on social media or you live in a cave, you'll know that I'm staying in Spain for a few weeks. Beyond the sun, sea, culture, language and everything else I love about this country; it has also marked some very significant aspects of my life.

Self-Employed Struggling On 'Astonishing' Low Pay

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Politics

Nearly one in seven Britons are now self-employed and earn 40% less than a typical employee, a major new report has found. The Resolution Foundati...

The Battle to Secure Self-Employment Rights Concerns Us All

Mischa Wilmers | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Politics
Mischa Wilmers

A Mori poll published in April asked 985 self-employed people whether or not they would rather be an employee. A majority of 79% responded that they would rather be self-employed, with only 16% preferring the employee option. The survey also found that the longer workers had been self-employed, the less likely they were to desire a different employment status.

Pressure Group Makes the Case for the Self-Employed

Emma L. Jones | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK
Emma L. Jones

People are choosing to start a business - it is not because they can't find a job. They don't want a job! Over half a million people took the step to start their own business in 2013; a UK record which looks likely to be beaten this year. Figures from ONS show three quarters of the increase in employment over the past quarter came from people employing themselves.

How Leaving My Job Was Similar to Leaving My Husband

Soozi Baggs | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Soozi Baggs

This sounds like a flippant statement but it's not meant to be. Leaving my job to go self employed, and leaving my husband to go it alone as a single parent, were both incredibly important and emotional times in my life. Times filled with fear, doubt, uncertainty, and plenty of tears. And on recent reflection I realised that I'd gone through many of the same thoughts and feelings during each of them.

Finding Saviour in a Startup

Benedict Dellot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Benedict Dellot

Where are we now, and where are we going? Twenty or fifteen years ago we could rely on mainstream institutions to answer these questions for us. Westminster, Fleet Street, Big Business - they told us what the good life really meant, and how to live it. Yet fast forward to 2013 and these are no longer the bedrocks of society; their legitimacy sapping in the wake of perpetual scandals, their decline accelerated by the worst economic crash in a century.

The 'Shirley Valentine' Experience: Make Summer Your Catalyst for Change

Maite Baron | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

A few people really do have Shirley Valentine moments like this, but many more who should, never think of their holiday as potentially a powerful catalyst for change. So they go back home to live the life they've always lived, no matter how unrewarding or disappointing it is. But why do that?

Imagine a World Where Everyone Was Freelance...

Daniel Callaghan | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK
Daniel Callaghan

Imagine not being sure when you'll next be paid and how much, what company you'll be working for, or even what work you'll be doing. For those who don't mind unpredictability, and who are not up for the monotony of a traditional 9 to 5 working day, that might sound familiar.