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

I’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


Posted on 29 October 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


Posted on 01 August 2018

Sole Traders will pay Class 2 NI for another year

Hot off the presses we hear that Class 2 National Insurance will NOT be abolished in April 2018 as planned, but will continue for


Posted on 03 November 2017

Humanising Wikileaks

How is the British media coping with Wikileaks? As a broadcaster, journalist and trainer it's a good question to ask at the end of another fascinating week. It's been difficult to remember at times that Wikileaks is not the same as Julian Assange. And as John Naughton says, the real story here is the former,


Posted on 09 December 2010

We’ve got the new politics. Now we need a new phrase book.

If the country said anything in last week’s extraordinary election it was that they want politicians to earn their right to positions of power.  Part of that test is to demonstrate the ability to cooperate across traditional boundaries. We’re not used to seeing this played out in Westminster politics, and certainly not in the papers.


Posted on 14 May 2010