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.

  • 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.

  • What is GDPR?

    GDPR: What is it and how will it affect small businesses and freelancers?

    Businesses collect and store an astronomical amount of data on their customers and clients in this digitally-driven age. However, the rules on how data is obtained and stored are about to change and it’s vital that everyone – including small businesses and freelancers – is aware of and takes notice of the changes, known as GDPR.

  • How to become a management consultant

    How to become a management consultant

    There’s a lot of variety in the role of management consultant. No two days are the same when working for companies across different sectors of all sizes.

  • Self assessment tax return for sole trader

    Self-assessment tax returns for sole traders

    There are many benefits to being self-employed; the autonomy, the freedom to pursue interesting projects and the ability to choose your own working hours to name just a few. However, with these advantages come a number of responsibilities - as a sole trader, completing your self-assessed tax return is one of the most important.

  • How to become a contractor

    How to become a contractor

    Modern workers are increasingly seeking out careers in contract work. With the freedom to set your own hours, pursue interesting opportunities and work with a diverse range of organisations, many talented workers are turning to the freelance lifestyle.

  • Secure IT system considerations for small businesses

    Secure IT system considerations for small businesses

    From the individual with personal data to protect, to the multi-national corporation with billions invested in its private operations, we all have to consider how to avoid an online threat.

  • How to protect valuable client data when travelling

    How to protect valuable client data when travelling

    As a self-employed individual, regular business travel is part and parcel of the job. In many professions, it may also mean taking responsibility for sensitive or private data.

  • How to protect valuable client data when travelling

    How to register with Companies House

    Choosing whether or not to register your business with Companies House and turn it into a limited company isn’t always a clear–cut decision. However, this important choice can profoundly affect your trading success. Read our guide below for an overview of the considerations you should be making when this question arises, as well as the steps you will need to take if you do want to register your business.

  • 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.