How The Freelance Community Can Save Your Business
How The Freelance Community Can Save Your Business

With COVID-19 having a massive impact on businesses, keeping your enterprise running to ensure your company survives the crisis means having the right skills available today. The freelance community is ready and waiting to help your business through the crisis and beyond.

As the world moves to remote working, many business owners are thinking about how to keep their enterprises running today and, how they will organise their workforces once the COVID-19 crisis has passed.

Freelancers, contractors and other forms of contingent workers have become a part of the business landscape. However, as the current crisis evolves, businesses have the…

April 2020 sees the expansion of IR35 from the public sector to all businesses. Does the regulation mean freelancing as we know it will come to an end?

Pay attention to IR35. Photo by bruce mars from Pexels.

According to new research from bedigitaluk, has revealed that as many as 41% of those surveyed will be reviewing their strategy around engaging off-payroll workers come April 2020.

Just under two thirds (65%) of business owners were aware of the new IR35 legislation and had a plan in place to deal with the changes. After being informed of precisely what IR35 is, 41% stated that they would look to review their strategy…

Our mobile world would be impossible without them, but the technology is flawed and battery tech is due for an upgrade

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The smartphone you are holding in your hand is more powerful than the entire NASA computing network used to put a human on the moon in 1969. It delivers instant, superfast connectivity to the largest mass communication network ever created, and can do it from almost anywhere in the world. And yet, all this would be useless if it wasn’t powered by another technological miracle — its powerful, chargeable and long-lived battery.

The first rechargeable lead-acid battery was developed in 1859 by the French physicist Gaston Planté. In 1980, John Goodenough, then a scientist at the University of Oxford, developed…

Becoming a micro business owner will often mean learning new skills. Whether you always planned to start your own business or fell into self-employment because of changes in your life, you suddenly find you are managing your own business with all that entails.

In 2011, research from CMI (Chartered Management Institute) identified what they called ‘accidental managers’ people that had no intention of managing a business but had to take on that role with varying degrees of success. …

The traditional way of working is dead. What has become clear to me over the last few years is that freelancing, self-employment, gig-working and portfolio careers are going to become the norm for many people.

If like me you’ve always wanted to work for yourself, these new ways of working are just an evolution of what self-employment means in the 21st Century. If you’re employed but have always had a burning ambition to have a more interesting working life, a side hustle could be just what you’ve been looking for.

Of course, having an ‘extra’ job is nothing new, it’s…

The latest employment figures from the ONS (Office of National Statistics) clearly illustrate that even in the face of uncertainty thanks to Brexit, the UK remains a hotbed of entrepreneurialism. In the last quarter of 2018, 63,000 new businesses were created, which equates to 14.8% of all people in work.

IPSE’s Economic Policy Adviser Ryan Barnett commented: “It’s excellent to see the rise in self-employment revealed in the data from the ONS. When the government celebrates the strength of the labour market, it must remember that a major part of that is down to the UK’s burgeoning self-employed sector. As…

Retirement today is either something that people welcome or dread. In the UK, the age to qualify for your pension seems to move further away with successive governments. And with no statutory retirement age in the UK, if you want to and your company agrees, you can keep working for as long as you like. Do you want to continue with your employment is the question many are asking. A realistic alternative is to start your own micro business.

As the cost of living continues to rise, many in the over 60 age group, in particular, are looking for alternative…

Dave Howell

David Howell is Nexus Publishing, a specialist technology and business journalist.

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