Month: December 2015

Eight simple ways for contractors to get the training they need

December 21, 2015 @ 10:23 am by Damian Broughton MBE

Training and continuing professional development are a critical part of working life. Every worker needs to continually update their skills, develop their expertise and broaden their horizons to remain up to date and effective in their role.

For self-employed workers, training is even more important. Training adds value to your commercial offering, opens up new contracts, ensures you deliver more value to clients and boosts your confidence. However, many freelance workers and contractors often struggle to build training and continuing professional development into their working life because of funding and time …Read More

10 golden rules for self-employed people

December 14, 2015 @ 10:00 am by Damian Broughton MBE

There are many benefits to being self-employed – as 1.6 million freelance workers around the UK will testify. From having the power to pick and choose your hours and workload to earning more money, working for yourself has few drawbacks.

But, how do you make a success of this career path and what are the key things you must consider before becoming self-employed?

Here we share our top ten tips for anybody considering becoming a contractor, freelance worker, sole trader or setting up a limited company.

Choose to work in a sector or …Read More

What does the Autumn Statement mean for freelance workers?

December 3, 2015 @ 10:05 am by Damian Broughton MBE

The Autumn Statement was an anti-climax, says Danbro managing director Damian Broughton, however, he warns it did raise some issues that those in the self-employment sector need to be aware of. Here he shares his thoughts on the Chancellor’s latest plans.

Chancellor George Osborne bellowed that this was a “budget for business”, but the reality was it was disappointing at best and a bit of a non-event at worse.

We, like the army of self-employed people around the UK, watched his lengthy performance with baited breath but were left none the wiser. …Read More

Why should I consider becoming self-employed?

December 1, 2015 @ 11:32 am by Damian Broughton MBE

Managing director of Danbro, Damian Broughton, worked as a contractor before founding the national umbrella and accountancy firm. Here he shares his thoughts on the pros and cons of joining the growing army of 1.8m self-employed professionals around the UK.

Hiring in freelance experts has become the modern way of working for British businesses. With skills shortages in most industries, temporary workers who provide experienced insights into key projects have become the lifeblood of UK PLC. It brings businesses a wealth of benefits, not least a cost effective solution that ensures …Read More