Fighting late paying clients

Every few years there’s a new initiative to help freelancers get paid on time. Maybe I’m getting old, but it seems to me that if these initiatives were effective, there wouldn’t need to be any new ones! Nevertheless, it’s good to see that there’s now a Small Business Commissioner working to the BEISS (the business


Posted on 04 May 2021

Mortgages for self-employed people

I’ve had a flurry of questions recently about whether self-employed people or PAYE freelancers can get mortgages. The short answer is yes – but there aren’t so many options. Usually the deposit has to be bigger, and some lenders like to see the last two years worth of accounts so that they can work out


Posted on 26 April 2021

2020-21 in stats

The beginning of the end of lockdown has coincided with the end of the David Thomas Media tax year. So I’m crunching some stats from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.


Posted on 01 April 2021

Farewell FEU Training. Thanks for all the fun.

March/April marks a change of financial year for many, and with it the coming and going of various funds and budgets. It’s a time when posts are closed and people move through a redundancy process into the next stage of their careers. Hence our monthly Beyond Redundancy: Setting up as a Sole Trader courses. This


Posted on 01 April 2021

Tax changes announced in Budget: March 2021.

I always listen carefully to the changes announced in budget statements. It feels personal purely because I need to change all my training materials. So what was announced on 3 March 2021? Income tax This is how PAYE people get their income taxed, and it’s also how profits are taxed for sole traders. The personal


Posted on 03 March 2021

Brexit for freelancers

Now that the formalities of leaving the European Union are behind us it’s time to unpick the practical effects and what it means for people who freelance in the creative industries.


Posted on 07 January 2021

SEISS Grant 3 available – but you might want to wait

This grant covers three months and, like grant 1, is based on 80% of average monthly profits calculated on sole trader profits between 2016 and 2019. Much has been made of the fact that the eligibility criteria haven’t changed. If you were helped by the first two grants you’re probably eligible for this one too.


Posted on 30 November 2020

IR35 – new HMRC information and guidance

From April 2021 the decision on whether someone is truly working for themselves – or is simply an employee in disguise – shifts from the freelancer to the end client in some circumstances. If you run a limited company this could mean changes to the way tax is paid for some of the jobs you


Posted on 30 October 2020

Using a visualiser as a second camera for online training – video (captioned)

This is one for anyone who’s training online. I’m demo-ing how to use a USB visualiser, and how to turn your smart phone into a visualiser on the cheap. In the video I’m using: Hue HD Pro > EpocCam HD >


Posted on 17 July 2020

Support for theatre and the arts

First two bits of good news: The government has announced a large amount of money for the arts and theatre sector. The headline figure is £1.57bn.Investment in “cultural, arts and heritage institutions” ( > The theatre industry has launched a new support fund for individuals working in the theatre sector. The Theatre Artists Fund >


Posted on 06 July 2020

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