Self Employment

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 21.09.2016 | 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 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 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.

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.