Flexitime is all the rage, but when you’re a one-person or few-person team, how do you break the shackles of the 9 – 5 and create a working schedule that’s better suited to your lifestyle?
Cyber security, chances are, unless you’re a cyber security contractor, you’re unlikely to be taking all the necessary precautions. We’ve put together out top 7 tips to help keep your contracting business safe from the hackers, malware and ransomware.
Should I go freelance? It’s a question so many of us ask ourselves, especially when we’re feeling undervalued at our full time jobs. It’s hard to know if you’ll be well suited to freelancing, but we’ve developed a quiz that’ll hopefully help you decide.
A fine principle which most of us aspire to.
For Ian Spectre, however, it’s a tad inconvenient, and he attaches the same level of importance to that statement as he does to moral values. Spectre and his HMRC posse are only bound by law. This blog shines a light on HMRC’s tendency to say one thing then do another. The topic in this case is Contractor Loan Schemes.
Communication is the cornerstone of all great business relationships. However, communication as a skill has become increasingly difficult to master in the digital age. In this blog, we’re going to clue you in on 7 simple email writing hacks that can help you become a more effective communicator.
Ian Spectre came up with this idea while he was going through his old record collection. Back in the day he bore a striking resemblance to David Essex (as he repeatedly tells his colleagues and anyone else he corners), his fav track to air-guitar out to was always ‘Gonna Make You A Star’. That’s why he was so supportive of the HMRC’s STAR acronym.
Today’s blog is going to be focussed on visual presentation skills. Good public speaking skills are important if you plan to present in-person, but if you’re developing a visual or written aid to go along with your presentation there are a whole range of other considerations for you to make.
So you’re due to give a presentation, and even the most seasoned presenter will tell you, preparation is key. But in this blog we explore the public speaking tips and tricks from the pros that really work. Practicing these could help to boost your career.
Today (8th March 2017) Philip Hammond announced the Spring Budget at the House of Commons. This year’s Brexit-conscious budget will have a significant impact for SMEs, contractors, freelancers and the self-employed. In this blog we’ll be taking a closer look at 7 key points that your business needs to prepare for.
For most contractors, the VAT Flat Rate Scheme will be increasing to 16.5%. You need to consider de-registering from the VAT Flat Rate Scheme at the right time to minimise your losses, read on to find out how.