Article archive on Small Business UK about becoming a freelancer and freelancing advice. Topics covered include how to start freelancing, getting paid, securing work, networking, contracts and related subjects.

Government Grants

MPs give taxman six weeks to sort out Covid payments for freelancers

Over 500,000 freelancers wait to see if they will be included in final round of self-employment Covid-19 grant

Accounts & Tax

1m self-employed face having to pay tax bill larger than what they earnt

First HMRC prepayment deadline for self-employed tax looms in January, based on what freelancers earned pre-Covid


How to start a freelance career in the UK – a beginner’s guide

Freelancing expert Dave Chaplin explains how to set your freelance rate, the importance of tailoring your CV and where to find your next project.

Government Grants

Self-Employed Income Support Scheme now open for applications

HMRC has opened the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, where freelancers and contractors can apply up to 80% of lost earnings in a £7,500 lump sum

Government Grants

HMRC opens self-employed income support early on May 13

Taxman to start accepting applications for Self-Employed Income Support Scheme on May 13, earlier than announced

Accounts & Tax

Taxman will not fine you for getting things wrong with IR35 within first year

But fines will be imposed on freelance contractors from April 2021 as Treasury cracks down on willful deception

Accounts & Tax

Rishi Sunak blinks, says HMRC will ‘go soft’ on IR35 changes in year one

Chancellor Rishi Sunak seeks to reassure freelancers that HMRC will not be “heavy handed” when new IR35 rules come into effect on 6 April

Employing & managing staff

One third of freelancers say IR35 changes affecting their mental health

53% of contractors plan to walk away from projects in April, when tax changes take hold, costing UK economy £2.2bn in lost productivity

Accounts & Tax

Labour pledges to scrap IR35 rollout to business … and then backtracks

Shadow small business minister Bill Esterson says Labour will review IR35 tax changes as they are rolled out to business, but backtracks on pledge to scrap

Accounts & Tax

How to wind up your personal service company ahead of IR35 legislation

Many freelance contractors will need to wind up their personal companies ahead of IR35 being rolled out to the private sector this April. John Bell offers a step-by-step guide as to what to do.

Accounts & Tax

How UK businesses should cope with incoming IR35 rules

Around 170,000 individuals are expected to be affected by IR35 being extended to the private sector next April. Chris Cook outlines how businesses in the UK should prepare, so they don’t fall foul of the rules

Legal advice

Businesses may need to pay casual workers who have cancelled shifts

As part of the government's Good Work Plan, casual workers may get compensation from employers if their shift is cancelled at short notice.

Partner content

Funding options for the water supply, sewerage and waste management sector

The guys over at Funding Options explain what finance is available to firms in the water supply, sewerage and waste management sector

Partner content

Can businesses save money on CBILS repayment costs by refinancing for a RLS loan?

Your business could save money on CBILS repayments by refinancing for an RLS loan – Funding Options tells us how

Partner content

What is professional indemnity insurance?

Professional indemnity insurance provides cover if somebody sues your business and they allege that your advice caused financial loss or damaged their brand. It’s not just for accountants and lawyers but for anyone offering a personal service, even web designers

Partner content

What is public liability insurance, and does it cover Covid-19 claims?

Public liability insurance can cover your small business if a third party has an accident or injury. But does public liability insurance cover claims made against your business arising from Covid-19?