The Independent Life

Finance fundamentals for complete beginners

There are two words guaranteed to bring any business owner out in cold sweats: Dragon’s Den. It’s the ultimate gamble – you could come away with the investment of a lifetime from people who’ve been there, done that and got the designer three-piece suit. But on the other hand, you could leave in tatters, your business plan in […]

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Hot-desking in London: 7 spots to get you started

Whether you’re starting up as a freelancer or a small business, the question of office space is bound to crop up sooner rather than later. While many single-person businesses operate a ‘have laptop will trade’ model, there are obvious benefits to working in an on-demand office set up – it solves the need for an official business address, […]

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Freelancing: 6 ways to keep the work coming

Freelancing can be tough on your fingernails. Just when it feels like everything’s going smoothly, a big project ends and you’re back to not knowing where the next job’s coming from. It can be pretty nerve-wracking, so here’s how to prepare for the lean times and maintain something resembling sanity. Show some love You’ll probably […]

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You’ve earned it! Tax-efficient luxuries for the self-employed

It’s the dream scenario; you’ve taken your salary, paid yourself dividends and there’s still a good wedge of cash in your business. Congratulations – you’re officially a success story! So what are you going to do with all that money? If you’re picturing a sunny beach and some kind of complicated fruity cocktail, we’re right there […]

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Freelance time management in 10 easy steps

When you’re freelance, your time is your own. But if you spend it hitting snooze, scrolling through cute kittens on Facebook and watching entire series of Breaking Bad in one go, it might be time to start setting yourself some limits. Follow these freelance time management tips to become the master of your own day. 1. […]

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Avoiding a summer holiday meltdown in 5 easy steps

One of the best things about being self-employed is that you’re not bound by the statutory ration of 28 days’ holiday per year. It means the kids can stay home with you in summer too, and you don’t need to be an accountant to know that’ll save you a fortune in childcare costs. Still, holidays […]

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Becoming self-employed: the 5 most commonly asked questions

Becoming self-employed: the 5 most commonly asked questions

Self-employment: it’s a scary business, isn’t it? Ask anyone who has taken the leap themselves, and they’ll tell you: the ‘should I, shouldn’t I?’ stage comes with long, sleepless nights, and – in some cases – a washing-machine’s-worth of soiled underpants. Unfortunately, this article isn’t about to offer up a magical remedy – we’re a website, […]

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Welcome to The Life Hub – Where work and life come together

Welcome to The Life Hub, a celebration of the independent life inspired by the start-up, freelance and contractor community. The Life Hub is brought to you by My Accountant Friend, the UK’s leading on-demand accountancy service. My Accountant Friend gives you the tools to be as involved as you want to be. If you want to […]

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