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.


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.


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


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


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

Streamlining document management for your small business

David Malan, sales director of DocuWare for the UK and Ireland, explains how the platform can streamline your document management

Business Loans

A guide to getting a small business loan

Everything you need to know on what small business loans are and what types of loan are available for your business.

Partner content

Why you need a business bank account

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Partner content

5 things every small business owner needs to know before starting

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