Self Employment

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

Nick Stephenson | Posted 22.08.2014 | 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 14.08.2014 | 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.

Essential Tools for the Freelance Writer

Daley James Francis | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK
Daley James Francis

Since becoming a full-time self-employed freelance writer four months ago, I've had a baptism of fire of sorts. I've had work rejected, made bad deals, been screwed over by being too naive and trusting and made some bad decisions with clients who have paid peanuts for work that I've since made significantly more money from later down the road.

Celebrating Women's Work

Kim Thorneywork | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kim Thorneywork

Since International Women's Day was first celebrated at the beginning of the last century it has grown to include businesses, communities, political parties and pressure groups as well as education providers. The world of further education (FE) is no exception in that it truly supports this important calendar date...

Ambition Has No Age Limit

Steven Fifer | Posted 22.04.2013 | UK Politics
Steven Fifer

There are more than 3.5 million people between the age of 50 and 64 who are workless in the UK and for many people in this age group, redundancy and unemployment is a significant problem.

What Do Cab Drivers, Carpenters And Farmers Have In Common? (VIDEO, INFOGRAPHIC)

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Thomas | Posted 06.02.2013 | UK

Figures from the Office of National Statistics have confirmed that more people are self employed today than at any time since the start of the recessi...

Charlie Thomas

Are Jobs Stats Masking The Poorly Treated Self-Employed?

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 23.01.2013 | UK

The government's employment figures, due to be published on Wednesday, have been skewed by a surge in self employment, according to Trade Unions Congr...

Is Underemployment the New Normal?

Giselle Cory | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Politics
Giselle Cory

There's a real policy challenge in how we support people who, despite being in work, aren't working enough hours. This is a notoriously tricky thing to get right.

Diary of a Freelancer: Week 1

Jayne Gorman | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Gorman

I've left my job as an in house social media manager to make it on my own. Expectation levels are high but the person putting the most pressure on me is me. To others what I have already achieved in these early days looks like success, to me it is just the start.

All Freelancers Are Crazy Workaholics With No Money

Daniel Johnson | Posted 08.01.2013 | UK Comedy
Daniel Johnson

Freelancers are always out of work. Even when they're in work, they're out of work. If you are not working, you have no money. And if you are working, you have no time to find more work. When the job ends, you have time, but no work. Whichever way you approach it, you always have no money.

The Entrepreneur Revolution

K. Day | Posted 19.12.2012 | UK
K. Day

Business is entering a new era. Gone (long gone) is the dominance of the job for life. With this demise comes a new breed of business owner. There have always been entrepreneurs of course, but now this is really time for the business owner to have a voice stronger than ever before.

A Star's Guide to Making Bigger Bucks

Jane Fae | Posted 17.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Fae

I have indeed discovered the secret to business success. And I owe it all to Starbucks.

Don't See Obstacles, See Opportunities

Richard Branson | Posted 31.05.2013 | UK
Richard Branson

One of the great myths of business (and cheesy old game shows) is that opportunity knocks. Opportunity does not knock on your door, you have to bang on the door yourself and keep knocking until you get in.