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.

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


Freelancers call government 6-week review into IR35 ‘an insult’

Government confirms review into controversial IR35 tax changes, which will drag thousands of freelance contractors into PAYE


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


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.


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.

Employing & managing staff

7 tips on how to manage freelance workers remotely

Managing remote freelance workers is an increasing challenge for small business owners. Andrew Wray shares 7 tips to get the best out of freelance contractors


5 ways small businesses can keep on top of freelance payments

Freelancers have become increasingly important to even the smallest of businesses, says ETZ Payments CEO Nick Woodward. Here are 5 easy wins to ensure freelancers are paid

Sole trader

How to become freelance full time and what to consider for a successful transition

Individuals are increasingly considering giving up employed work positions and going freelance full time. Julia Kermode, chief executive of the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) offers some advice on the important things to consider before taking the plunge to set up on your own.

Employing & managing staff

Freelancers, Brexit and robots: prepare for a changing workforce in 2019

Adepto's Chris Milligan discusses the changes that business leaders can expect in their workforces in 2019 and how to prepare for them.

Employing & managing staff

Hiring freelancers: seven common mistakes to watch out for

It's imperative you hire the right freelancers for your business. Lucy Brem of Yellow Cat outlines seven mistakes you could be making in the process.

Business management

Freelancer confidence: tips to bolster your self-belief

Here, we team up with a therapist and three entrepreneurs to give you advice on building confidence as a freelancer.

Business Technology

How to keep your small business safe online

Here's how Security Service Edge from Vodafone can help to protect your SME from ever-increasing cyber threats

Business Technology

How to grow a global creative agency in record time

Find out how creative agency, Myth Studio, used technology to grow their business and quadruple their staff count in 18 months

Partner content

Attracting and keeping top talent through Total Reward

Employment benefits specialist, Drewberry, explain why you should base your benefits around a Total Reward Strategy

Partner content

5 things every small business owner needs to know before starting

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