Help & guidance for tradespeople

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    What insurance do tradespeople need?

    Whether you're a carpenter, plumber, electrician or different kind of tradesperson, understanding which types of insurance are needed to protect your business can be difficult.

  • The owner of an online crafts business working on a laptop.

    Do I need insurance to sell crafts on Etsy and Amazon?

    Whether you’ve set up a small side hustle or you’ve launched your own full-time business, selling handmade crafts via online marketplaces can be a great way to boost your income.

  • A visual representation of crisis management.

    Crisis management guide: How to manage a PR crisis

    Many aspects of our lives are unpredictable. Unforeseen events are always just around the corner, from small waves that can be ridden with ease to seismic events that can flip everything upside down. The same is also true in the worlds of business and charity.

  • An interior designer looks at a concept design of a room and samples of wood.

    How to become an interior designer

    Interior design is an exciting profession ideal for those with a creative flair and a strategic mind. Whether you’re thinking of a career change or just starting out, becoming an interior designer can be a rewarding choice. As an interior designer, your work can be as varied as you like - where design is concerned, the sky’s the limit.

  • A male joiner in his workshop measuring wood.

    What is the difference between a joiner and a carpenter?

    The difference between joiners and carpenters is something that many people are unfamiliar with. The average person might not even realise there is a difference at all - after all, both professions work with wood. While there is a degree of overlap between the two career options, the terms aren’t interchangeable.

  • Smiling young female self-employed interior designer in her office.

    How to start an interior design business

    Interior design is a skilled trade that brings together the worlds of art and architecture to help make domestic and commercial interiors welcoming and beautiful. With a wealth of creativity and variety involved on a day-to-day basis, self-employed interior designers can enjoy an interesting, fulfilling workload with the financial benefits to match.

  • A male joinery business owner in overalls works on a laptop in his workshop.

    How to start a joinery business

    If you’re interested in woodworking and eager to make a career out of it, starting up your own joinery business and becoming a self-employed joiner could be right for you. It’s not a decision to take lightly though - running your own business takes hard graft and plenty of perseverance.

  • A painter and decorator uses a roller brush to paint a blue internal wall white.

    How to start up a painting and decorating business

    Working as a painter and decorator can mean a sustainable workload, as new businesses and homeowners often choose to bring someone in to redecorate rather than taking on the task themselves.

  • A female joiner marks a measurement on a batten of timber in a workshop.

    How to become a joiner

    As a vital part of the building industry, joinery is a highly skilled trade with plenty of work opportunities for a self-employed tradesperson. If you’re good at working with your hands and have an eye for detail, joinery could be a fulfilling career choice.

  • A carpenter fits timber boards onto a wooden deck outside a client’s property.

    How to become a carpenter

    Carpentry is a highly skilled trade that has a long history and is key to the building industry. Without the skills of carpenters, many essential parts of a building wouldn’t exist. If you have an eye for details and like to work with your hands, then it might be worth considering becoming a carpenter yourself.

  • Hands of a builder laying new paving stones carefully placing one in position on a levelled and raked soil base.

    How long is a builder liable for their work in the UK?

    Setting a liability period is a key part of drawing up a building contract, allowing both you and the client to have clarity on what is expected of you and your work going forward.

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