03
Apr

Starting up as a Sole Trader

Being your own boss is a freedom which leads many into the contracting business. With less legislative requirements then operating via a limited company, often being a sole trader is

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28
Oct

Income Protection

As a contractor, it’s likely that you have left a job where you were provided with a range of benefits from your employer – such as a company pension scheme,

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21
Jun

The risks and future of EBTs… Part 2

What are the risks? The participants of EBTs that have been highlighted in many reports, tend to have gone into the schemes in good faith, often as a result of

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19
Apr

Guest Post – Recruitment Agencies

I would like to write about something I overheard this week. A couple of contractors were talking about recruitment agencies. I was taken aback by the disregard and disrespect

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01
Mar

Using a specialised contractor accountant isn’t so much beneficial, it’s nigh on essential…

Accounting is an essential requirement for any Contractor, but it can be a complicated area. Not only does accounting require the careful management and lodging of financial records, but

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18
Jan

The difficulty of saying goodbye to a much loved Company…

This week we have seen some of our famous, most British of brands fall into administration. HMV was our first this week, with 230 stores shut, and the farewell to

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11
Jan

Were Umbrella Companies Ever Meant to be a Long Term Solution for Contractors?

In simple terms, No is the answer. A few months ago FW Accounting closed their Umbrella Solutions business stream. This was due to a number of reasons, with the main

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28
Dec

3 Great New Year Resolutions if you are a Contractor or Freelancer

Each New Year after the festivities we often sit and think about how we are going to better ourselves for the following year, what our New Year Resolutions will be.

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07
Dec

LinkedIn for Contractors – unlock the massive potential for YOU!

I was lucky enough last week to attend a fantastic lecture on how to get the most out of LinkedIn from a Business Development point of view, by Mister LinkedIn

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06
Dec

George Osborne’s Autumn Report – Affect on IR35 for Contractors?

An Update from FW Accounting on George Osborne’s Autumn Statement 2012 and how it affects Contractors’ IR35 status from Mervyn Stanley of FW Accounting. If you missed it, you might

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