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A guide on how to become a freelancer in the UK

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According to The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE), there were 2.2 million freelancers in the UK in 2020. If you’re thinking about joining their ranks, be sure to read this comprehensive guide on how to become a freelancer. Get your free guide to becoming a freelancer Download your free in-depth guide on how to become a freelancer in the UK. Get instant access to expert hints and tips in the click of a few buttons. Your email address will be used by Simply Business to keep you posted with the latest news, offers and tips. You can unsubscribe from these emails at any time. Simply Business Privacy policy. From tax and sourcing clients to insurance and structure, here’s our top advice. Becoming a freelancer (and having a successful first year) Whether you’re experienced in your field or a graduate fresh out of training, becoming a freelancer could be the most rewarding thing you’ll ever do. Hopefully, like so many of the small businesses we help to insure, you’re passionate about your craft. And if you understand how to market it, you can make a living from that passion. It’s getting paid to do what you love – who wouldn’t want that? The difficulty, of course, lies in how to make the decision, get the ball rolling and maintain that passion when you’re six months (or six years) in. Here’s our checklist for how to go freelance, focused on what UK businesses need to look out for at the moment. Use it to make becoming a freelancer a reality. Shift your perspective before becoming a freelancer If you’re leaving a job to start your own business, or you’re even a student mulling over next steps, you should prepare for a shift in perspective. Think about the responsibilities, commitments, and personal ‘non-negotiables’ that, when combined, map out your lifestyle and circumstances. The obvious things are family commitments and financial responsibilities. With a regular paycheque you have income, and often as a result of that secure income you start building up liabilities – things like rent or a mortgage, plus all those direct debits you know are going to go out each month, usually as soon as you’ve been paid. Some of these might be more trivial, for example a gym membership or Netflix account, but what would happen if you missed a utility bill? Are you in the middle of any building work? Paying childcare fees or getting a credit card under control? If you’re giving up a regular salary, make sure you have a complete picture of your income and outgoings, and minimise the risk of missed payments. Read our guide on how to become a freelancer: the costs to keep in mind to set you on the right track. Working freelance requires discipline Becoming your own boss literally means ‘being boss’. If you’re largely based from home, there’s no manager to report into, no sick leave record, and definitely no work dress code for your kitchen […]

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