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    To be honest getting phone calls and landing an...

    To be honest getting phone calls and landing an actual gig are 2 different things. just because you were getting more calls then doesn't mean you would've gotten any more work then you would now....
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    @Scruff Enjoy the £20 voucher assuming your URL...

    @Scruff Enjoy the £20 voucher assuming your URL is correct.
  3. I am considering this. How do you manage the...

    I am considering this. How do you manage the payments to the accountants, do you keep them on for the whole year as a full-time service or do you pay one off for individual services?
  4. I know this may not be helpful right now, but my...

    I know this may not be helpful right now, but my accountant told me that HMRC pulls this sort of a stunt all the time when it comes to company closures. I was so shocked. Regardless, I hope you get...
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    Interesting, is there an easy to follow reference...

    Interesting, is there an easy to follow reference somewhere that I can go and read, or would a general google query suffice?

    On a side note: The thread title would probably not hint at a valuable...
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    That is a fair statement however, my question is...

    That is a fair statement however, my question is if there is somebody else who is even attempting to represent the contracting and freelancing community at the same level as IPSE? Is there an option,...
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    Exactly! So in theory they might be the same but...

    Exactly! So in theory they might be the same but perhaps not in practice.
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    Oh, I knew there was some relation, but I never...

    Oh, I knew there was some relation, but I never thought that they're treated as the same entity. So if I have a Natwest account and I walk into an RBS branch they'll serve me as normal?
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    Is there something (out there) better than IPSE?

    Is there something (out there) better than IPSE?
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    Yes! QDOS for PI/PL and offers TCL35 which is...

    Yes!

    QDOS for PI/PL and offers TCL35 which is £199 (which I am not gonna take).
    IPSE offers legal fees and assistance in case of HMRC investigation but there are numerous benefits, rewards PLUS...
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    I would prefer that if QDOS doesn't offer...

    I would prefer that if QDOS doesn't offer discounts that somebody else here on this forum gets a voucher out of it. Is Scruff a major contributor or better yet, creator of this forum?
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    Wanted vouchers for IPSE and QDOS

    Any latest and functional vouchers available for use for ipse and qdos? Thanks in advance.
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    Also free if you have RBS.

    Also free if you have RBS.
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    All the best! That is indeed, true freedom....

    All the best! That is indeed, true freedom. Hopefully it kicks off.
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    I guess it may vary based on the industry, but my...

    I guess it may vary based on the industry, but my experience and assessment is 100% the same. In fact I even met a couple of clients in London (but only if they were considering part remote), but in...
  16. Did you mean the OP? I am not on FRS. I think the...

    Did you mean the OP? I am not on FRS. I think the OP is considering FRS if at all.
  17. Apologies, yes you are right, I forgot that for...

    Apologies, yes you are right, I forgot that for FRS you apply the VAT percent on total income. Also I used 14.5% for FRS as indicated by the OP.
  18. In my experience, registering for VAT is...

    In my experience, registering for VAT is beneficial if you have costs. You can offset part of your expense in most cases so that it comes out of VAT, so you save more. The is no longer any great...
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    In my experience most of these middle-man indian...

    In my experience most of these middle-man indian consultancies are the culprits. I used to roll over quite easily for testing requests in the past and most of these were probably more than just a...
  20. Regardless, thanks for your take on this!

    Regardless, thanks for your take on this!
  21. Interesting! So in retrospect, majority of the...

    Interesting! So in retrospect, majority of the contracts I have been approached for were like this as well, and these are all standard contracts advertised on JobServe. So why or how can businesses...
  22. Hi NothernLadUK, yep that is exactly what I am...

    Hi NothernLadUK, yep that is exactly what I am trying to do and this post is part of the learning process. So does this mean that the agency is talking nonsense when they say it is outside IR35? And...
  23. Advice Needed: Contract to help out without concrete milestone

    Hello,

    Just needing some advice here regarding a potential contract via an agency. The nature of work is described as "helping out the team." I am expected to be rotated around within the company...
  24. It is up to you, whether you think it is...

    It is up to you, whether you think it is reasonable. Contracting income is usually good what you really need to look out for are the risks. Specifically in your case, you are going to move a country,...
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    I have been on the bench since November and I...

    I have been on the bench since November and I concur. It doesn't look pretty. Having said that I only started last year so don't have much experience to be able to detect patterns. Because I am new,...
  26. Exactly my perspective! I operate a business,...

    Exactly my perspective! I operate a business, agency operates a business and the client operates a business. The lady on the phone had a really bad attitude after that, kept saying its our...
  27. You are absolutely right northernladuk. Should've...

    You are absolutely right northernladuk. Should've checked.
  28. I am aware that one could choose to do this, but...

    I am aware that one could choose to do this, but why should you have to lie because of someone else's lack of etiquette.
  29. Agencies asking for previous contracting rates. What is your view?

    Hello,

    I would occasionally get contacted by an agency (this time it was Parallel Consulting) who is adamant that I disclose my past rates. I find it quite sneaky. I think the only reason they...
  30. Wow, this thread had all of em! Thanks for...

    Wow, this thread had all of em! Thanks for sharing.
  31. How is it that some agencies are established outside UK yet placing resource within?

    I am sometimes approached by agencies operating out of India who are trying to put me forward for contracts within UK. Although I am personally not comfortable with this has anybody had any...
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    I do not know what sort of a contractor you are...

    I do not know what sort of a contractor you are but if you are in the IT sector, you should know that there is a market of fake votes, reviews, friends etc. on the internet. Not to say that these...
  33. Regardless or what is happening with Brexit. For...

    Regardless or what is happening with Brexit. For my area, I think the property market is unaffected. People are going about their business and nobody is too fussed.
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    Life experience spans beyond the criteria of just...

    Life experience spans beyond the criteria of just pay or the greatness of a developer or a tester. Everybody's situation is different and such is my case. I think my question was fairly objective...
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    Thanks, I think you understood what I was trying...

    Thanks, I think you understood what I was trying to say and thank you for sharing your perspective.
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    Developer looking at a Tester contract

    Hello,

    I am developer by trait. I am considering a contract as a tester, something that would exercise my skill as it deals partly with automated testing. Just wanted to get an idea whether this...
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    I am occasionally dropping over at SimplyHired,...

    I am occasionally dropping over at SimplyHired, used it a bit and looks nice. To be honest, we all know there is no magic here. The same agents push to multiple websites so you'll pretty much see the...
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    Any tips on making that distinction or are there...

    Any tips on making that distinction or are there techniques contractors use to protect themselves like getting it in writing that the code will not be reused or something along those line?
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    Contractor Interviews and Testing?

    Any thoughts on this guys. While permanent, I used to sit thought technical tests (online and offline) 3-4 screenings with various people etc. Unfortunately, I think, the IT industry is probably one...
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    Wow! Flying into work sounds incredible. The...

    Wow! Flying into work sounds incredible. The question is mainly from the point of view of understanding the best practice rather a specific instance. I am mentally preparing myself to work away so...
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    Residence while working away

    Hello,

    In your experience, while working away from home (full time on site 5 days a week), what do you think is the most financially optimal way of residence? Just simply go for a short term rent...
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    Well to be honest the whole work culture has gone...

    Well to be honest the whole work culture has gone to a tulip-stool. Games of pretense and keeping up appearances. Contracting, I believe, is the most honest way of now doing my job, although HMRC is...
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    That is curl on the shell/command line. Making a...

    That is curl on the shell/command line. Making a json post request to api.worldpay....
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    Likewise...

    Likewise...
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    Basically this .... ... AND this ... ...

    Basically this ....


    ... AND this ...



    I feel kind of unfortunate that I started perhaps late in contracting. Up here in Edinburgh the market is really dry and has been for a few months. My...
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    Inside IR35 vs Permanent Income

    Hello,

    Wondering if anybody could shed some light on this. If you had to choose between an inside ir35 contract and a permanent position, what would you choose? I mean is it even worth considering...
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    Office politics was the number one factor that...

    Office politics was the number one factor that pushed me into contracting. I am interested in getting the job done for a fair days pay. Although I do not have a lot of experience yet, I make this...
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    Haha! I bet. To be honest, this is exactly what I...

    Haha! I bet. To be honest, this is exactly what I wanted to expedite. I can't really say I am contracting unless I have experienced and gotten used to switching contracts. I know people who stay with...
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    Thanks a lot. That is very helpful to know.

    Thanks a lot. That is very helpful to know.
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    Thanks for the response. That is quite...

    Thanks for the response. That is quite surprising.

    So for somebody who is new, how do I find out what I should be quoting, I am trying to get going so I have a pool of clients, so don't want to...
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