Self Employment

Free To Roam - Which Cities Are Best Prepared To Offer Digital Nomads A Temporary Home?

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

Berlin's place at the top of the nomad tree will surprise nobody; as well as being incredibly popular with tourists, and home to a thriving cultural scene, Germany's capital has developed a commendable reputation for entrepreneurialism in recent years which has turned the city into something of a startup hub.

Five Reasons Why Self-Employment Is The Way Ahead

Alexandra Johnson | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Johnson

In these uncertain economic times, striking out on your own may not seem like the most sensible option. But what if you have a product that has to come to market, or an idea that is so innovative it has to be seen through to fruition? What if you're simply like my friend who started his own Indian takeaway because he was fed up of people not experiencing authentic Indian food?

Six Lessons On Self Care, Getting Things Done And The Art Of Not Doing 'Too Much'

Claire Sheehan | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Sheehan

Yet doing too much can be counter productive. Take the last few weeks. It's near the end of my twins' time at preschool, so we have all the associated things to do with wrapping up time at preschool, transition meetings to a new school and sports days etc.

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!

Taylor Is A First Step, Not Last Word

Simon Sapper | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK
Simon Sapper

It will not cure the ills of our gig economy. This is because power and choice will still be firmly distributed in favour of the employer or enterprise, rather than the newly established Dependent Contractor.

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.

How Your Working Schedule Changes When It Is Half-Term!

Emma Williamson | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Parents
Emma Williamson

I've sectioned a typical day as an example, showing your 'normal' working schedule (we will call this day 'relief') and how it compares to the 'children' working schedule when it is the holiday period (I've called this day 'demand').

Budget 17: Tax Is The Biggest Elephant In The Room

Simon Sapper | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Politics
Simon Sapper

But the bottom line is that the government needs money to run public services and things that the private sector either can't or doesn't want to do. That money comes predominantly from taxation in one form or another. To have turned taxation into the most sacred of all sacred cows is an act of supreme folly and self-delusion. We cheat ourselves by not talking about tax or condemning those who do.

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?

Is Self-Employment Becoming The New 'Nine To Five'?

Jackie Leiper | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jackie Leiper

With the flexibility of choosing your own hours, it's easy to see the attraction. But new insights from Scottish Widows' think tank, the Centre for the Modern Family, show it may be having a negative impact on family life in the UK.

Why Digital Training For Women Matters

Emma L. Jones | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Tech
Emma L. Jones

With almost one third of women saying practical support such as digital skills training would really help them when starting a business, delivering and creating a noise around our online and offline training programme will give women access to a wealth of free resources that they can use whenever it is convenient and digest at their own pace.

Change The Way You See Yourself, To Beat Creative Block

Leila Johnston | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Leila Johnston

The best thing when you're feeling creatively blocked, in my experience, is anything. Leave your immediate surroundings and make yourself act on an id...

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.

Could The Self-Employed Help The UK Economy Through The Stormy Brexit Waters?

Sophie Hurst | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK
Sophie Hurst

Self-employment is now at its highest ever - at 4.6 million in February 2016. It has been increasing since the year 2000 and there is a clear trend to...

Six Platforms That Empowered Me To Create My Online Presence Overnight

Sasha G Brown | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK Tech
Sasha G Brown

I'm pretty sure I went through three pots of coffee in the 72 hours it took me to completely launch my website. I was in the zone, and figuring out how to drag and drop site elements into a website was actually far simpler than I expected. Once everything was in place, using a custom domain name, I shifted my focus to building brand recognition.

Today Is A Happy Day For Uber Drivers Sick And Tired Of Losing Out On Basic Rights At Work

Asif Hanif | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Tech
Asif Hanif

Today, drivers won a pivotal victory in a case taken by my union, GMB against Uber that proved that they really are employees and not "partners" as the company always says... Up till now, Uber drivers have not been guaranteed a minimum wage - and as GMB, has shown, not every driver always makes the legal minimum. We're also not entitled to holiday pay and as a result, any time off means a loss of earnings, which can mean a lot when you have bills to pay. When Uber comes in and takes advantage of all the opportunities they have in Britain, they should also respect the law of the land and we have shown that today.

Quitting Work Without A Plan: The Highs and Lows

Moshe Braun | Posted 21.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Moshe Braun

At 34 years of age, with just three months to go before my second child was due to be born, I quit my job without a backup plan. I quit because I was unhappy. Simple as that. Being miserable no longer felt like an inevitable outcome of being a responsible adult: I became convinced there was another way.

The Control Agenda

Ed Mayo | Posted 14.07.2017 | 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 22.06.2017 | 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 05.04.2017 | 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 19.03.2017 | 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 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 ...

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.