Sole Trader Training for BBC Leavers

We’ve been hearing from a number of BBC leavers asking about what’s happening to our rather well-known ‘setting up as a sole trader’ course. This is because the BBC Careerlink service, which has been buying in our courses, shut READ MORE >

Posted on 01 March 2017

Budget 2018 – what does it mean for freelancers and self-employed?

Tax buttons on calculatorI’m writing this just as the Chancellor sits down from delivering his 2018 budget. It was heavy going, mainly because his jokes were so awful.

What he covered in the speech is only the tip of the iceberg. More detail will drip out as we trawl through the big Budget Red Book.

What I can give you here is a quick run-down of bits that might affect freelancers and self-employed folk, as he mentioned them in the House. READ MORE >

Posted on 29 October 2018

How not to be skint when freelancing

coins and note

At a recent freelancing workshop someone asked a great question. “How can I avoid being skint in winter when there’s no work?”

This simple question goes to the heart of good financial management when you’re freelancing. READ MORE >

Posted on 01 October 2018

New simplified cash flow planner for freelancers

I’ve been going through cash flow planning with sole traders now for nearly 15 years, and it’s a great way to plan how to not run out of the money.

A cash flow sheet READ MORE >

Posted on 01 October 2018

Government abandons abolition of self-employed national insurance

Well. Would you Adam and Eve it.

After 2 years of toing and froing over Class 2 national insurance, the government has announced sole traders will continue to pay it after all.READ MORE >

Posted on 10 September 2018

Tools for managing your social media

If you’ve been on one of my networking for freelancers workshops, we probably discussed how to not waste time on social media.

Don’t get me wrong. Social media can be a very good way of keeping in the loop when you’re working for yourself.

But many people talk about getting sucked into social media. They intend to check their timelines for a couple of minutes, and two hours later they’re on their 20th cat video.READ MORE >

Posted on 01 August 2018