In The Know

Christmas allowance for UK freelancers and contractors – what’s that all about, Kenny?

Forgive us for doing this to you so early in the year. It’s barely October and we’re already wafting the mistletoe around (believe us – it’s all we could do to keep Kenny from donning his Santa beard). But it’s always worth planning ahead, isn’t it? And when there’s a nice bit of tax-friendly Christmas […]

Read More

Is the taxman becoming more vigilant? Here’s how to avoid suspicion

Recent reports suggest that HMRC may be increasing its activities in its enforcement of VAT rules. The suggestion seems to be that HMRC’s ‘HETs’ (Hidden Economy Teams – set up to look into people evading, among other things, value added tax) have become extra vigilant – the Freelance:UK website says that, “in the first half of this year, […]

Read More

Tips on getting your client to pay up

Forgive us if you feel you’ve heard this all before, but freelancers working unpaid is squarely back in the news. The Creative Industries Federation reports that 8 out of 10 freelancers admit that working for free is “the norm”, with many feeling they have to do it to bolster their reputation and their portfolio. The […]

Read More

Remaining tax deadlines 2017: stick them in the diary

With the summer slowly drawing to a close, we thought it’d be a good time to make sure you’re aware of all the important tax deadlines remaining between now and the end of January, 2018. MAF customers will, of course, be notified in good time and we’ll be helping you to fill out all the […]

Read More

Freelance insurance: all you need to know

Of the many things that new freelancers and contractors have to get their heads around, insurance is often very low on the list. It just seems so fiddly and expensive, doesn’t it? But imagine falling sick for any serious length of time and not having freelance insurance. Imagine being charged with negligence (it could happen!) or theft […]

Read More

Freelancer’s day rates peak, but outlook lacks confidence

The quarterly IPSE Confidence Index was published yesterday, and while glimpses of positivity shone through, the general feeling was one of unease. IPSE (Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed) compiled their report from the responses of 691 IPSE members, focusing on questions pertaining to business confidence, perceived demand for freelance work, and the factors […]

Read More

6 things NOT to do in your freelance quest for world domination

Week in, week out, we turn up in your inbox on a Friday morning offering you friendly advice on things you ought to do to be a successful, shining example of self-employedness. What we rarely do is give you guidance on what to avoid. So, this week, we sat down with My Accountant Friend main […]

Read More

Why hire an online accountant?

A few weeks ago we looked at the more basic questions: why hire an accountant? Why not do it yourself? This week we’re being a bit more future-facing and asking what the benefits are in hiring an online accountant. As you’ll see, they’re many and varied.  It’s personal… The first thing to say is that not […]

Read More

Student entrepreneurs redefine the meaning of “summer job”

Back in the days when this blogger attended university, typical student jobs were fairly restricted to bar-keeping, shelf stocking, envelope stuffing and occasional unpaid shifts at the student union (where you’d get in to events for free and they might let you snaffle a beer). Scroll forward a couple of decades and things have changed considerably. […]

Read More