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  1. The irony being clients probably get far more out...

    The irony being clients probably get far more out of me Tuesday - Thursday because I don't really mind staying late.

    I've personally never had this directly, and I deliberately don't put my...
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    Because, and I can't believe I'm having this...

    Because, and I can't believe I'm having this conversation *again* on this forum, it comes down to two things:

    1. What a company wants to pay in expenses. A company can have any expense policy it...
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    Firstly, the thread is discussing government...

    Firstly, the thread is discussing government policy and you seem to be dismissing peoples legitimate concerns (Predominantly through your "I'm alright, jack" attitude. And secondly, nope - they're...
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    Yes, and now the government are ruining some of...

    Yes, and now the government are ruining some of our choices by moving the goalposts. Previously I could choose to travel, because the hit on my bottom line was reasonable and doable. Wihin IR35, it...
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    Oh sorry, there's the answer than - everybody...

    Oh sorry, there's the answer than - everybody should move to London. Did you claim travel expenses?



    So you accept that travel is a part of consultancy? I mean, you can accept your jobs, but...
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    I think he's talking about couchsurfing instead...

    I think he's talking about couchsurfing instead of getting a hotel. Your response is, frankly, naive, insulting and ignorant.

    It's entirely possible to be a sought after, busy, contractor who...
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    Yep. Business travel has been a staple of my life...

    Yep. Business travel has been a staple of my life for nearly a decade now since becoming a permie consultant back around 2010. Now I feel like I'm pretty much ****ed, unless I go back permie.
    ...
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    First rule of Anti-Virus - only ever have one...

    First rule of Anti-Virus - only ever have one running at any one time. They intefere with each other and will cause you all kinds of grief.
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    What complete, unadulterated nonsense. Most...

    What complete, unadulterated nonsense. Most businesses couldn't survive without tax deductible expenses.
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    Poll: Nah, I didn't realise the 9am bit either. Can't...

    Nah, I didn't realise the 9am bit either. Can't even remember when I walked in to be honest - I wasn't feeling my most productive that day
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    I don't think it's possible to troll and a troll...

    I don't think it's possible to troll and a troll thread.
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    Poll: Didn't I tell everybody this before! Anyway,...

    Didn't I tell everybody this before! Anyway, can't guarantee, but at the one in London I pretty just walked in - I can't imagine for a minute you'll be made to hold until 0900
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    Poll: It's not, that would've been ideal but my...

    It's not, that would've been ideal but my laziness has paid a price and all the nice close ones are full. I'll keep an eye out, though - that happened to me for Manchester Airport previously and I...
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    You wouldn't be the first to say either. ...

    You wouldn't be the first to say either.



    Not this time. It's just dull all the way through.
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    Oh please do - I only came to the end of this...

    Oh please do - I only came to the end of this thread to ask somebody to put it out of its misery. It's dull as ****, and clogging up the place.
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    Poll: I've booked a hotel! Hoping to get one nearer...

    I've booked a hotel! Hoping to get one nearer when I've got chance to look properly, but it's a very cheap Premier Inn so I may just put up with it!
  17. Well, that's the endgame isn't. Move us from...

    Well, that's the endgame isn't. Move us from being a quick and easy resource to engage with, that works just like their other suppliers into being something they have to suddenly worry about
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    Poll: Lib Dem - I'm definitely a swing voter, and I've...

    Lib Dem - I'm definitely a swing voter, and I've voted for all three major parties. But I absolutely refuse to go near Tory or Labour, predominantly because of IR35 but also due to a raft of other...
  19. Something else to look forward to when my...

    Something else to look forward to when my contract ends, then. Why do I get the distinct impression next year is gonna suck.
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    This is thoroughly disingenuous, because they are...

    This is thoroughly disingenuous, because they are specifically changing the rules to stop us from acting like employers. How do you give an employee perk when all your money has already been taxed?...
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    Anyone got an SPV (Non-Property Related)

    Just a musing at this stage, but I'm considering spinning my Plan B into a separate company as I'd like to push it a bit more and I think it being associated with my personal consultancy isn't ideal....
  22. Thread: Afghanistan

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    My brother quite enjoyed it out there, but he did...

    My brother quite enjoyed it out there, but he did have a lot of weapons at his disposal...
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    PERMANENT place of work. And that has a...

    PERMANENT place of work. And that has a definition. Even HMRC's own examples don't support your view - this isn't contentious.
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    I can't believe nobody has picked up on this -...

    I can't believe nobody has picked up on this - firstly, travel and subsistence are pretty well understood rules nowadays, with the 24 month rule being the key. Secondly, lots of permie consultants...
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    Poll: I need to double check I can do this twice, but...

    I need to double check I can do this twice, but last time I signed up to a monthly subscription which also gave me the equivalent of one day in credits. I just cancelled the subscription straight...
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    Poll: I'm probably going to go with WeWork again -...

    I'm probably going to go with WeWork again - enjoyed them last time. Not that I intend to be doing overly stressful amounts of work, to be frank.
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    You can even top that: Amber Guyger: US ex-cop...

    You can even top that:

    Amber Guyger: US ex-cop sentenced to 10 years for murder - BBC News
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    Poll: Where's everybody staying? Think I'll be heading...

    Where's everybody staying? Think I'll be heading up Thursday evening and working somewhere on the Friday
  29. Thread: Weekend Thread

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    Same as every weekend - build a bit more of my...

    Same as every weekend - build a bit more of my extension.

    Got a nice family meal on Sunday, though - rather looking forward to that
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    Absolutely expected and understandable. And...

    Absolutely expected and understandable. And y'know what, I'll even take your call in 6 months time when they've fluffed it right up.



    I've met some great ones too, the problem is those people...
  31. I'm contracted to a large multi-national and I've...

    I'm contracted to a large multi-national and I've had the dreaded invite to the "IR35 Discussion". I don't imagine it's going to be great news, though it's an interesting one because they recently...
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    Haha, I have to confess I'm with D00hg. Used to...

    Haha, I have to confess I'm with D00hg. Used to watch it loads, but don't really watch normal TV now and can't remember the last time I saw it pop up
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    Cheers Spoiler, just popped it on Upwork. I...

    Cheers Spoiler, just popped it on Upwork. I rather like how they approach it
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    Plan B'ers - Web Design Agencies?

    Given what's coming next year, I want to have another push at my Plan B and #1 on the Agenda is getting the website up to scratch. I don't have oodles of money to burn on it, but I'm happy to spend...
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    Sticky: I'm rather bored of Autumn already

    I'm rather bored of Autumn already
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    Cheers, but it's about as straight forward as an...

    Cheers, but it's about as straight forward as an extension can be (not that it stops it being a real challenge for me). We're sand after a few hundred mm, and the old one managed without any...
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    No, I used engineering bricks as I had some...

    No, I used engineering bricks as I had some lintels for drainage to deal with, and a sloping garden so I didn't want to risk exposing the blocks later.

    But the rest is block and render, so it was...
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    You're not wrong! I'll be honest, I'm about to...

    You're not wrong! I'll be honest, I'm about to start the superstructure and the novelty of doing it all myself has worn off a little. Just hope I can get the walls up at a decent pace now
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    TFA Getting a large order of blocks delivered...

    TFA

    Getting a large order of blocks delivered for my house extension, so got some logistical faffing to try and get them near-ish the actual build. Also got a grab wagon coming at some point, so...
  40. I have a vague memory of doing this back in...

    I have a vague memory of doing this back in ~2006, but certainly not recently. As a contractor I really wouldn't want to be touching those buttons, to be honest.
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    Sticky: Afternoon - thought I'd stop in too. Mostly...

    Afternoon - thought I'd stop in too. Mostly alive, randomly started acquiring migraines so I'm officially medically unfit and can't fly at the minute.

    Other than that, I'm mostly pretending to be...
  42. Thread: Go live week!

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    Relax, nobody is going to die. Unless, well,...

    Relax, nobody is going to die.

    Unless, well, they might.
  43. They're crap

    They're crap
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    I think my longest permie job was 3 years :D

    I think my longest permie job was 3 years :D
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    Yeah, but a real contractor can blag the...

    Yeah, but a real contractor can blag the interview and learn on the job.
  46. Thread: Greta Thunberg

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    Maybe she will, but I think "Sit down, shut up...

    Maybe she will, but I think "Sit down, shut up and carry on as normal" is definitely not a strategy that can work. Something has to change.
  47. Thread: Greta Thunberg

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    I'm actually becoming quite intrigued by the...

    I'm actually becoming quite intrigued by the amount of posts on social media that are outright blaming the kids - "They're the ones who want air conditioning in every classroom", "When I was a kid,...
  48. Thread: Greta Thunberg

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    Relative to that, there isn't a fat lot of...

    Relative to that, there isn't a fat lot of anything that isn't short term - which is why it's such a completely useless comparator when discussing humankind.



    Interesting take - I thought you...
  49. Thread: Greta Thunberg

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    Wait, are you really considering 4.5 BILLION...

    Wait, are you really considering 4.5 BILLION years to be "short term"? A time period many times the period of time that anything resembling humanity has been around, and something like 100,000x of...
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    Right! Imagine being so painfully upset over a 16...

    Right! Imagine being so painfully upset over a 16 year old girl campaigning over climate change
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