Start up tips

  • How to become a private tutor

    How to become a private tutor

    Registering as a private tutor can open the doors to new paid opportunities and help young learners develop new skills. Find out what you need to do to become a private tutor, including what insurance to take out, with this guide.

  • How to start a photography business

    How to start a photography business

    Turning your hobby into a profitable business venture is a dream for many. Luckily, for those with a passion for photography, there’s an industry out there that provides a fantastic opportunity to go it alone and set up their own company.

  • What's the difference between a freelancer, consultant and contractor?

    What's the difference between a freelancer, consultant and contractor?

    More than 4.8 million people in the UK are now enjoying the self-employed life. Many love the freedom of being able to make work revolve around their personal life. Others relish the opportunity to break free from the constraints of traditional office working.

  • Should I become a contractor?

    Should I become a contractor?

    If you have a skill or expertise it’s important to put it to good use. While you might well lead a long and fulfilling career in employment, you may also benefit from the rewards to be had by becoming a contractor.

  • The Rise of the Self-Employed

    The Rise of the Self-Employed - our survey's findings

    In an age of hot-desking, freelancing and contracting, we wanted to explore the differences between the lifestyles of the self-employed and those traditionally employed.

  • The Rise of the Self-Employed Infographic

    We surveyed 250 self-employed professionals to get an insight into their lifestyle and work habits. Here are the key findings from the survey!

  • 5 online accountants for contractors and freelancers

    5 online accountants for contractors and freelancers

    In recent years, there has been a surge of new generation web and desktop-based accounting software which has revolutionised the way contractors and freelancers manage their finances.

  • 6 ways to avoid start-up failure

    6 ways to avoid start-up failure

    Launching a start-up is not without its risks and new businesses are particularly susceptible to failure during the first few years of trading.

  • 7 tips to a great contractor CV

    7 tips for a great contractor CV

    If you have decided to embark on a rewarding career as a contractor, one of the first things you will need to do is sell yourself to potential clients. In this article, we look at how you can make the most of your CV to get your perfect contract.

  • Top 10 books for start up businesses

    Top 10 books for start up businesses

    If you have recently set up your own business, or if you are dreaming of doing so, it's a good idea to read the wise words of successful entrepreneurs who were once in your position.