Tips for negotiating your first contract

Becoming a contractor: when should you give notice

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Giving notice to your employer is the moment when you fire the starting gun on your contracting career. So it’s important to consider both your preparation to become a contractor and when the best contract opportunities will come up.

Preparing to give notice

Preparation means exploring the market, assessing your skills and marketability, and polishing your offering until you have the best chance of success on your own.…

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A contractor’s guide to the April 6th legislation changes

Could Brexit lead to de-regulation?

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During the EU referendum campaign, some small business representatives argued that by leaving the European Union they would be able to disentangle themselves from Brussels’ red tape.

So after the vote to leave the EU, what sort of business de-regulation might happen, and how could it affect contractors?…

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Bookkeeping: should you keep it to yourself or hire a professional

Timesheets that avoid triggering IR35

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Contractors who reduce their tax liabilities by billing their clients via their own limited company will know that they should do everything they can to avoid falling into IR35 rules.

One mechanism for doing this is to keep detailed timesheets which will allow you to demonstrate to a HMRC investigator that you are in fact self-employed and not a ‘disguised employee’.…

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April Contractors Calendar 2017

What contractors need to know for April 2017

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The 2016 Budget delivered by George Osborne in March may seem a long time ago but there were several important changes that the former Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that will affect contractors. While it’s easy to forget about tax and political budgets until it’s time to file your tax return, there are often many opportunities for tax planning that will help you maximise your income as a contractor.…

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