6 ACTIONABLE STEPS TO EARN MORE THIS YEAR

We don’t need to tell you, but being freelance is great: the freedom it gives you, the control you have over your time and – hopefully – the money it brings in. But for those times when the cash isn’t forthcoming and you’re wondering how on earth you’re going to pay next month’s bills, here are some ways you can earn more in 2020.

THE NEW 'DIGITAL' TAX SYSTEM CAN'T BE ANY WORSE THAN IT ALREADY IS

Unfortunately, the tedious tax system that has taken many of us years to understand is now completely changing. You may or may not have heard that the way we calculate and file our taxes in the UK is transforming. Making Tax Digital (MTD) aims to make it a lot easier for individuals and businesses to keep track of their tax - and get it right!

CAN FREELANCERS BEAT IR35?

IR35. You might have heard it mentioned, you might have been warned about it; IR35 has become a four letter word lately. It sounds like a dry subject and a bit of a headache, but it’s really worth knowing your stuff around IR35 as it may impact your freelance business greatly. If you’re not sure what IR35 is, don’t worry – you’re not the only one. Let’s take a look at the IR35 essentials and what you need to be aware of.

DBS CHECKS FOR FREELANCERS

So, you’ve been told you need a DBS check for a job, or you know your ability to get work in your field relies on getting one. There are some important things to note about how this works for freelancers. Let’s look at DBS checks and the options for when you’re self-employed.

COMMON FREELANCE ADVICE TO AVOID - PART 1

Mary Schmich, a columnist for the Chicago Tribune once said "Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth." In other words, not all advice is worth taking. With over 20 years of experience in the freelance sector, we've been given a lot of 'advice' and dished out our fair share. Here are a few gems we urge you to avoid. 

HOW TO BECOME A FREELANCER (DOING WHAT YOU LOVE)

How to become a freelancer? You're talented at what you do but how to turn that into a business that gives you the income, flexibility and satisfaction that comes with the freelance lifestyle? We’ve all thought about pursuing our dreams only to dismiss the idea as fantasy and end up sticking with the 'safe' option. Rent, a mortgage, kids, bills... the list of reasons not to follow your ambitions are endless. Did you know that on average freelancers earn £52,000 per year? It's how you set up your freelance business that generally dictates your success and we've 3 key tips to get you thinking. 

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