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  • What business risks do the self-employed face

    What business risks do I need to be aware of if I am self-employed?

    Posted on 30th September 2021 by Phil Ainley MCIM, CMktr, Dip DigM - Marketing Manager

    To many, the lure of working for yourself is too great to ignore but before you take the plunge and go self-employed, it’s important to ensure you are fully aware of the risks you will be exposing y...

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  • Wet floor sign with a business person slipping

    What is the most common cause of accidents at work?

    Posted on 27th September 2021 by Phil Ainley MCIM, CMktr, Dip DigM - Marketing Manager

    It’s imperative that staff feel safe in the workplace but accidents do happen and sometimes, no matter what preventative measures are in place, they’re out of your control as a business owner. But...

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  • construction worker sat in a work van

    How to secure your work van

    Posted on 21st September 2021 by Phil Ainley MCIM, CMktr, Dip DigM - Marketing Manager

    Many workers rely on a van, from window cleaners and plumbers to construction contractors and delivery drivers. If you have a work van, you likely use this mode of transport to not just get from A to ...

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  • 4 step payment process for freelancers

    Why you should include milestone payments in your freelance contracts

    Posted on 14th September 2021 by Phil Ainley MCIM, CMktr, Dip DigM - Marketing Manager

    Anyone who has ever freelanced will have either heard the story below or been a victim of it at some point. The freelancer engages in work for a client for which payment has been promised, but paym...

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  • Contractor National Insurance Increase 2021

    The National Insurance (NI) increase will affect all contractors, some more than others

    Posted on 14th September 2021 by Paul Mason - Head of Tax Partnerships, Markel Tax

    The political fallout from the NI increase for the Health and Social Care Levy will continue for some time yet. From the fact the Conservatives broke a manifesto promise by introducing the levy, to ar...

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  • construction worker sitting on the ground holding arm following an injury

    Managing and reporting an accident when you’re self-employed

    Posted on 20th August 2021 by Phil Ainley MCIM, CMktr, Dip DigM - Marketing Manager

    Unfortunately, workplace accidents are not uncommon. According to the Labour Force Survey, 693,000 workers sustained an injury at work in Britain in 2019/20, and sadly, 142 workers lost their lives as...

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  • Guide to insurance for management consultants

    Guide to insurance for management consultants

    Posted on 11th August 2021 by Marketing Executive - Katherine Ducie

    For many management consultants, consulting is a natural progression in their career, having acquired in-depth experience in a specific industry, or a particular area of business. Whether you speci...

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  • Planning for your future as a freelancer

    Planning for your future as a freelancer

    Posted on 26th July 2021 by Marketing Executive - Katherine Ducie

    As a freelancer you’re fully responsible for planning your future and ensuring you don’t run into any financial difficulties – over the next coming years and further into the future, when you’...

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  • Cyber risk stalks ALL industries regardless of size

    Posted on 26th July 2021 by Phil Ainley MCIM, CMktr, Dip DigM

    Cyber – adjective Relating to or characteristic of the culture of computers, information technology, and virtual reality. Cyberattack – noun An attempt by hackers to damage or destroy a compu...

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  • a freelance photographer taking a photo of a cityscape on her camera

    How to keep your camera safe

    Posted on 20th July 2021 by Caunce O'Hara

    We often feel that our valuables are safest at home, tucked away behind locked doors and windows. But as a freelance photographer, this isn’t usually an option. Your camera is an essential part o...

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  • Life as a self-employed Project Manager with APM board member Yetunde Adeshile - close up shot of Yetunde

    Life as a self-employed Project Manager with APM board member Yetunde Adeshile

    Posted on 20th July 2021 by Marketing Executive - Katherine Ducie

    As part of our Meet the Freelancer series of blogs, we interview many freelance professionals from a range of industries. This month, we meet London based Project Manager, Yetunde Adeshile. Yetu...

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  • What insurance do you need to start a recruitment agency?

    What insurance do you need to start a recruitment agency?

    Posted on 15th July 2021 by Marketing Executive - Katherine Ducie

    When placing permanent and temporary staff into new roles, recruitment agencies and consultancies are exposed to many risks. This could include the negligent actions of a contract worker, a client ...

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  • contractors check your contracts carefully

    Key points contractors should look for in a contract

    Posted on 15th July 2021 by Phil Ainley MCIM CMktr Dip DigM - Marketing Manager

    The April 6th deadline has long since passed and the potential fallout from private sector IR35 is arguably yet to be fully realised by contractors and end-clients alike. One thing to take comfort ...

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  • freelance work from home jobs

    15 freelance professions you can do working from home

    Posted on 9th July 2021 by Phil Ainley MCIM CMktr Dip DigM - Marketing Manager

    Working from home during the Coronavirus pandemic will have given many professionals a taste of what it’s like to work as a freelancer. The flexible schedule and working in your casual clothes (some...

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  • Key points to consider if you're thinking of hiring your first employee

    Key points to consider if you’re thinking of hiring your first employee

    Posted on 14th June 2021 by Marketing Executive - Katherine Ducie

    Are you a self-employed freelancer, contractor or consultant who is ready to take their business to the next level? When you’re working on your own, often it gets to a point where you begin to th...

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