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Freelancing

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.

Advice

A small business guide to going freelance

In this piece, we look at the main considerations when going freelance, from procedural advice to managing your work-life balance.

Taking payments as a small business

Best mobile phone payment for self-employed

Payment devices you carry around with you have revolutionised how customers pay. We look at six of the best mobile card readers

Employing & managing staff

Ensure your contract keeps you out of IR35

What can contractors and freelancers learn from HRMC’s win against Sky Sports presenter Alan Parry? Here are tips to make sure you stay out of IR35

Employing & managing staff

How small businesses should approach outsourcing and finding the right freelancer

Using a freelancer can be a boon for any small business struggling with a specific skill, whether it’s web design, SEO or social media. And best of all, you’ve got a global talent pool to draw on

Sole trader

Number of self-employed falls one fifth since Covid-19

IR35 taxation changes, Brexit and Covid-19 blamed for choking off rise in self-employment

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

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

Advice

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

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

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

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

Benefits of switching to the right business bank account

We've teamed up with the Current Account Switch Service to explain the benefits of switching your business bank account.

Partner content

Business Companion: a reliable voice in the misinformation age

Business Companion is a one-stop-shop for accurate and up-to-date legal guidance, whatever sector you’re in — and it’s all completely free

Finding and selling to customers

How Amazon Ads is supporting entrepreneurs

Digital ad campaigns aren't just for big businesses. Here's why you should be considering it...