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First Timer Guides

There is a lot to consider when making the leap into contracting. How do you find contract jobs? How much can you earn? How do you write your CV? What’s IR35? Do you use an umbrella company or start your own limited company? Do you need an accountant? Our first timer guides and resources will help you make sure you know everything you need to in order to get started.

Wading out into freelance waters is much more reassuring when you can see the following five over your shoulder.

Tips, tricks and heads-ups to ensure it won’t be your timesheets that slip you up.

An increasing number of graduates are choosing the contracting lifestyle over traditional grad jobs in the UK.

Overview to what’s needed to begin contracting, ranging from mindset and motivation, to understanding ‘Ltd’ and ‘PSL.’

How to succeed as a first-time contractor with technology skills.

Five steps to help keep the taxman off your back when filing your first tax return.

Don’t act in haste but do get clued up, whether the measures are personal or business.

Taxing and non-taxing ways to address the elephant in the room, which has been led out by the imminent IR35 changes.

IR35 is now even managing to complicate New Year’s resolutions.

Why public sector workers are choosing to work through brollies. 

It's important to consider both the benefits and the downsides when choosing your business structure. 

While these are not legally distinct roles there are some fundamental differences. 

In this guide we explore the advantages and disadvantages of contracting and give 10 qualities that make a successful contractor.

The advantages and disadvantages of hiring contractors from a client's perspective.

How to ascertain demand for your skills and sell your strengths.

Your prospective hirer will very likely be bombarded with CVs for any given vacancy. We tell you how to make the best of your CV.

There are several key ways to find your first contract role. This section helps you on your way if you're new to IT contracting.

"It's not what you know, it's who you know" and other ways to keep off the bench.

An overview of the different options available to you and advice on the best way forward.

An umbrella company and a limited company each represent two of the most common business structures that contractors use. But, which one is the best option for you?

Once you have secured your first contract role, agreed a rate and a start date, a contract needs to be signed...

Congratulations! You've done the hard bit. We now need to consider IR35. Click here for our guide, together with details of how to get your contract expertly reviewed.

2001 saw with the introduction of the now famous IR35, more politely called the "Intermediaries legislation."

A brief overview of how these laws affect you as a contractor.

To put it simply... If you are working through a limited company, you will pay yourself a monthly salary (many take a small salary). Those caught by IR35 will pay themselves a 'deemed salary'.

There are various insurances that you might need, but Professional Indemnity is the must have for most contractors these days.

If you have decided to trade through your own Limited Company then you really ought to have an accountant to help you with the various forms, obligations, taxes etc.

Owen spots the permies, discovers where not to log the vitals, and knuckles down to embrace IT contracting.

Owen settles in with a change of PM, a lack of interest from his colleagues but a gut feeling he's made the right decision.

The answer is yes, and sometimes with deals better than you could get as a permanent employee! Click here to find out more.

So, you've found your job, beaten IR35, got yourself an accountant and started trading. What else is there? Well, what about training to keep your skills up to date, what happens if you get sick etc. Click here for ways to mitigate these challenges.

Succeeding at contracting is far easier if you understand its risks and rewards.

First-timers can’t afford to flinch when a potential premium is on offer.

What agents, clients and HR will bug you about where your invoice leaves room for doubt.

Everything you need to know about finding the right accountant for your limited company.

Contracting expert helps a time-poor permie get his ducks in a row.

Adviser attests to the 'pros' of being self-employed, but finds it has more 'cons' than a PSC.

Resisting the urge to rush is key to getting right what's a daunting but lucrative decision.

Advice on how to work through a limited company in the education sector. 

Contractor accountants in Manchester can help manage the administration required to run a limited company.

If you want to work as a UK expat contractor, there are a few things you need to know.

Contractor accountants in London can help manage the large amounts of administration required to run a limited company.

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