Taking the leap from secure, full time work to self-employment is one of the scariest things about being a contractor - indeed it is one of the reasons many would-be contractors put off the move for so long. However, with a little ambition and self-discipline, there is no reason why your contracting business should not succeed.
To help you put your best foot forward, we’ve come up with five top tips for first time contractors.
1. Work out a watertight applications process
The very nature Read more [...]
Since the Lehman Brothers debacle in 2008 and the resulting recession that hit the world’s economy, it has been difficult to contemplate doing anything but sit tight. If you have had a safe monthly salary coming into your bank account each month, there has been little reason to think about any change, particularly branching out on your own, no matter how much experience you may have.
Contacts are all well and good, but no one has had totally secure employment in recent years. Hence, relying Read more [...]
Traffic congestion worldwide fluctuates from year to year. In most countries it is a severe problem and can cause endless waits, particularly for commuters. The more diverse the transportation, the less traffic there will be one the road. Now, for someone who wants to start their own cab company, this is a real incentive.
Identifying Your Market
Getting from A to B is becoming more difficult. Rail networks are ailing, there are overcrowded underground trains, and bus lanes are continuously Read more [...]
Although the last thing you might want to be doing following a tragedy such as this is contesting a will, sometimes, it’s a necessary evil that you have to partake in. When you lose somebody you love, the last thing you want is to have their last wishes spoiled, so ensuring the contents of their last will and testament is split accurately is essential. Here’s why and how.
When to Contest a Will
There are a number of possible circumstances where you might feel like contesting Read more [...]
A company’s brand image is crucial to its success. Customers will witness the image of a brand before they try their service, and before they use a cab company, they will be enticed by the imagery on the cars as they drive around locally.
The History of Brand Image
Branding history delves far back into the past, with some of the first reasons for branding coming from the need to distinguish different farmer’s animals. As a way of standing out from the rest, farmers would mark their animals Read more [...]
Finding a perfect serviced office for your new business or temporary offices where you want to expand can be likened to finding real properties too. There are some things that you need to consider. The office, regardless if it is located near a Shanghai business centre or in Hong Kong will certainly be convenient and easy to find for yourself and clients. So before you start signing a contract, these questions will help you choose the right one for you and your organization.
Here are some of the Read more [...]
Today it appears almost a necessity for businesses to promote their brand, if not sell their services and products, online. As stark as this may sound, the threat of not doing so could quite easily render your business invisible to the vast majority of potential customers that are rapidly becoming more internet savvy and global in outreach.
The challenge is such that any business NOT operating online is limiting their chances of competing with others in a marketplace that has become incredibly Read more [...]
Both existing contractors and those looking to work on a freelance basis for the first time are increasingly investigating whether setting up a limited company and operating through this would be the most beneficial process for them.
However, it is important to remember that this option will not be open to you if HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) decides that you fall inside the IR35 legislation.
This ruling was designed to prevent the situation where salaried employees were being listed as company Read more [...]
Whisper quietly as some choose not to believe it just yet, but Christmas is relatively just around the corner and companies need to be ready for it. There may be the cantankerous souls among us that refuse to recognise that Christmas is upon us until the middle of December. However, for retailers and other businesses, Christmas starts in earnest months before the actual event.
The Christmas sales of a company can set it up for the rest of the year or, if they get it wrong, could mean they are Read more [...]
It's quite easy to think that attending a trade show is the perfect opportunity to get out of the office and relax. However, to take this view is to miss out on the chance to significantly promote your business, establish contacts and potentially generate custom.
According to research undertaken by the Association of Event Organisers' FaceTime magazine, using the latest available data, 1.75 million people attended UK trade shows in 2010. If you’re considering attending an industry event, you Read more [...]