Newly Self-employed? Thinking of going it alone?
Self-employment suits many people, their families and style of work. The longer they do it, the better it gets.
But starting up isn’t always easy. There are new problems to face without help from someone in charge.
Our stories are based on true experiences. We use and refer to official information sources.
Our profiles* of local traders reveal the most common rewards and worries of going self-employed. 1 Brian – Gardener Brian learned his business working for a gardening company. He went on his own because he wanted more freedom – to choose when he worked and who he worked for. He values more than anything not being […]
HMRC employment check. HMRC has published an online self-assessment tool (questionnaire) that allows anyone to check their employment status for tax purposes. It coincides with an important change in the rules affecting self-employed people who work in public sector organisations using a personal service contract. From this month the organisation, not as previously the worker, will decide the worker’s status – […]
In the Budget Chancellor Hammond announced increases to national insurance contributions for self-employed people. Within a few days the plan had been withdrawn. The episode led to hundreds of comments in mainstream news and a storm on social media. Much of this was hot air and disappeared overnight. In a few cases something worth noting was said. We picked out an item* in The Times. Janice Turner questioned the […]
Self-employed? Or status doubtful? Someone we heard from works for a school transport provider contracted to a local authority. During term time she puts in 20 hours a week as a school escort. Her role is to collect children with special needs from home and take responsibility for their safe journey to school or children’s centre […]
Pimlico Plumber shows why change is needed. The recently reported Pimlico Plumber’s case highlighted a form of exploitation that has become common in the catering and service sector, construction and many other areas using relatively low paid staff in a competitive economy. It’s been called Bogus-Self Employment. The Job Offer There is a job advertised. […]
Yes, in the round. Changes to self-employed NICs were always going to be controversial. As the dust settles ministers may be seen aiming in the right direction. That’s the view of the Citizens Advice advocacy and campaigns team. They’re pointing to policy work on parental leave, pensions, bogus self-employment and a review of modern employment practices (including a better definition of self-employment). Helping self-employed families: What […]
Is self-employment really for you? Jack was a plumber with a big UK energy company for 25 years. He left the company following an accident and has been out of work and living on savings for 6 months. He’s now thinking about setting up his own plumbing business. In addition to his trade he has […]
Serious about business. The business team at Reigate & Banstead Borough Council is committed to helping small firms and start-ups. And not just committed. They’re doing some good stuff to give local people the best chance of starting a successful firm. Have a look at their page on How we can support your business. They […]
Keep checking process and billing (and remember who’s paying). Robert had designed a universal device to help the mobility and safety of older or partly disabled people in their homes. He now needed advice about manufacturing and who could make a demonstration prototype he could use in obtaining start-up finance. He approached a local university […]
Look before you leap. I was working in a restaurant for about 5 years as the head chef when I saw a job advertised for a restaurant manager. The pay looked attractive and the restaurant itself meant I could get to work in under 20 minutes. I applied and got the job but the owner […]