Help & guidance for professionals

  • What is professional indemnity insurance?

    What is professional indemnity insurance?

    If you are alleged to have provided inadequate advice, services or designs to a client, professional indemnity insurance provides cover for the legal costs and expenses in defending the claim, as well as compensation payable to your client to rectify the mistake.

  • What you need to have in a Contract for Services

    What you need to have in a Contract for Services

    As a self-employed freelancer or contractor working on projects for clients, it’s important to have a contract for services that covers all of the essential clauses needed to ensure you are protected from a legal and tax point of view.

  • The true extent of cybercrime on the UK's self-employed and SMEs, revealed!

    The True Extent of Cybercrime on the UK's Self-Employed and SMEs Revealed

    Cybercrime continues to rise across the globe, with the UK alone losing billions of pounds a year to fraud and online attacks.

  • IR35: The new challenges and how to handle them – part 2

    IR35 The new challenges and how to handle them – part 2

    In this guide from our IR35 expert, Paul Mason, we look at the new challenges self-employed contractors, end clients and fee payers are facing since the April 2021 changes to IR35 in the private sector, and how to navigate them.

  • IR35: The new challenges and how to handle them – part 1

    IR35 The new challenges and how to handle them – part 1

    In this guide from our IR35 expert, Paul Mason, we look at the new challenges self-employed contractors, end clients and fee payers are facing since April 2021’s changes to IR35 in the private sector and how to navigate these.

  • How will the National Insurance increase affect contractors?

    How will the National Insurance increase affect contractors?

    The political fallout from this NI increase will continue for a while: from breaking a Conservative manifesto pledge to disagreements over whether it adequately funds the country’s social care requirements, the PM is being challenged from all areas.

  • A young contractor reviewing his taxes.

    Who does IR35 apply to?

    Since its introduction into the public sector in 2017, the off-payroll working legislation previously known as the Intermediaries Legislation (better known IR35), has changed the way how many people in the UK work and how they are paid.

  • IR35 and Public Sector bodies - the expert’s opinion

    IR35 and Public Sector bodies: the expert’s opinion

    Following revelations two years ago that NHS Digital had been fined £4.3m by HMRC and more recently, that DWP was fined almost £88m for “historic errors” and the Home Office £33.5m (including penalties of £4m have been suspended), HMRC has been deemed “careless” in its implementation of off-payroll working rules.

  • a dance teacher coaching a young student.

    How to become a dance teacher

    If you have a passion for dancing and are yearning to turn your love into a viable career, teaching could be a great option for you.

  • A massage therapist performing a deep tissue massage on a client.

    How to become a massage therapist

    It is the job of a professional massage therapist to physically manipulate the soft tissues, muscles and joints of their patients and clients, with the ultimate purpose of relieving tension and pain in the body.

  • How to protect your intellectual property and copyright - woman's hand holding a picture of a magnifying glass to represent online searches.

    How to protect your intellectual property and copyright

    When you’re a self-employed freelancer or contractor, it’s important to understand what intellectual property is and how you can protect yours.