Fiddling with your National Insurance

Figures below were correct as of 8 March 2024 More changes to National Insurance (NI) were announced by the Chancellor Jeremy Hunt on Wednesday (6 March 2024). As it happens, I was training at Channel 4 that day, so we were able to look at how NI was at the beginning of the day, and

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Posted on 08 March 2024

Networking skills for freelancers (ScreenSkills, 2-part course)

Organised by ScreenSkills. Please only book if you can attend both sessions. Both sessions start at 9:30am. Part 1: Wednesday 17 January 2024, 4pm – 5pm Part 2: Thursday 18 January 2024, 4pm – 5pm In these two 1-hour webinars we look at ways to engage with people who don’t know you, and how to

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Posted on 07 November 2023

New help sheets for freelancers – agreeing work and getting paid

Anyone who’s been on one of my courses will know that I have collected together a dozen ‘help sheets’ on different topics that are useful for freelancers.

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Posted on 03 November 2023

How much should you put aside for tax?

If you’re new to being a sole trader (ie registered as self-employed), it can be a bit daunting that people pay you without making any deductions for tax and National Insurance (NI). You know you need to pay tax later, but how much do you put aside?

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Posted on 02 October 2023

Networking skills for freelancers (ScreenSkills, 2-part course)

Organised by ScreenSkills. Please only book if you can attend both sessions. Both sessions start at 9:30am. Part 1: Thursday 19 October 2023, 9:30 – 10:30 Part 2: Friday 20 October 2023, 9:30 – 10:30 In these two 1-hour webinars we look at ways to engage with people who don’t know you, and how to

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Posted on 14 September 2023

Self-employed roles in production – updated ‘agreed list’

It can often be confusing trying to work out which jobs are likely to be paid as self-employed, and which as PAYE. Generally speaking it’s roles where people have their own tools, or where HMRC thinks you have to show “rare skill and judgement”, a jargon phrase that always brings a wry smile. A good

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Posted on 01 August 2023

Why freelancers are never unemployed

When I ask people on my courses what they think ‘freelance’ means there’s often some wag who shouts ‘unemployed’. It’s usually someone who’s just left employment and is getting their head around the freelance lifestyle. It’s also meant as a joke, but with a frisson of ‘it’s funny because it’s true’. The word ‘unemployed’ implies

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Posted on 01 August 2023

Networking skills for freelancers (ScreenSkills, 2-part course)

Organised by ScreenSkills. Please only book if you can attend both sessions. Part 1: Wednesday 19 July 2023, 1300 – 14:00 Part 2: Thursday 20 July 2023, 13:00 – 14:00 In these two 1-hour webinars we look at ways to engage with people who don’t know you, and how to plan your approach to meetings

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Posted on 25 May 2023

Networking skills for freelancers (ScreenSkills, 2-part course)

Organised by ScreenSkills. Please only book if you can attend both sessions. Part 1: Wednesday 12 July 2023, 12:00 – 13:00 Part 2: Friday 14 July 2023, 12:00 – 13:00 In these two 1-hour webinars we look at ways to engage with people who don’t know you, and how to plan your approach to meetings

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Posted on 20 December 2022

Networking skills for freelancers (ScreenSkills, 2-part course)

Organised by ScreenSkills. Please only book if you can attend both sessions. Part 1: Tuesday 19 July 2022, 11:00 – 11:15 Part 2: Thursday 21 July 2022, 10:00 – 11:15 In these two 75-minute webinars we look at ways to engage with people who don’t know you, and how to plan your approach to meetings

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Posted on 16 May 2022