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    Hays not changing contract

    Morning All,

    I am in discussions with Hays at the moment regarding a contract and put the contract though QDos. The contract failed pretty badly (Right to Substitute, permission for time off etc....
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    This now scares me... as I have been wondering...

    This now scares me... as I have been wondering how my tax bill next year is going to screw me over.

    Basically, the last two years I have been pretty giddy with the dividends I have taken out...
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    I have recently had a situation like this, where...

    I have recently had a situation like this, where it was in my contract saying 'provide an up to date CV for any consultant providing services'... this failed with QDOS. So it was changed to a...
  4. Thread: Serco

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    Im currently on a gig with Serco Europe over in...

    Im currently on a gig with Serco Europe over in Italy... so far so good! Although I haven't put in my first invoice yet... so lets hope :)
  5. Thread: NDA and IR35

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    Hi All, Thanks for all the responses. I was...

    Hi All,

    Thanks for all the responses. I was thinking exactly the same thing. QDOS have come back with a fail on a number of points aswell... so lets see whether they are willing to change things. ...
  6. Thread: NDA and IR35

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    NDA and IR35

    Morning All,

    I have a strange question regarding IR35. I am passing it over to QDOS, but as there is a 5 day turnaround, I wondered if anyone on here knows the answer.

    Basically, I am being...
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    Thanks Dave, I have dropped an email over to my...

    Thanks Dave, I have dropped an email over to my accountant for advice aswell.



    Thanks BlasterBlates. That makes sense, but my confusion is who do I declare as my end client? My contract would...
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    Contracting in Italy

    Morning All,

    I have been giving some serious consideration into going over to Europe to contract for a while. Mostly because I'm sick of the weather in the UK, and would just like another...
  9. Wonga are also strict on their own borrowing! ...

    Wonga are also strict on their own borrowing!

    Wonga declares £37.3m loss after accidentally borrowing a fiver from itself
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    Contractor Financial - A Review!

    Hello All,

    I thought I would drop a quick message to really give a recommendation over regarding Contract Financials. There have been various posts of the past few months about who is best to use...
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    Netmeg.com - Investment Options

    Hi All,

    Has anyone had any experience with Nutmeg.com for investments? I have finally paid off all my debts, and am now wanting to get investing and thought I would have a go at some self...
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    450 to 500 a day is not a bad day rate, from what...

    450 to 500 a day is not a bad day rate, from what I have seen recently, all the FS roles are less than that!

    I would personally recommend getting through the door by going to other FSCS regulated...
  13. Thread: FreeAgent

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    I've been using FreeAgent for around 2 years now...

    I've been using FreeAgent for around 2 years now and LOVE IT. I would struggle to move away from it now.

    I have been on the lookout for a new accountant, and a major decision point for me was...
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    Completly agree... air some caution as if you...

    Completly agree... air some caution as if you don't deliver it looks bad and you will be out of work.

    I have oversold myself in interviews in the past, and luckily I was able to deliver.
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    I've found the move fairly easy, mostly because I...

    I've found the move fairly easy, mostly because I specialise in Infrastructure and spent many years in the Channel as a PS Consultant, so regularly worked on many projects between many clients. I...
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    My agreement in principle offered me the...

    My agreement in principle offered me the following formula:

    (Day Rate * 5)* 46 Weeks * 4 Years... So a pretty decent amount. Make sure you go to a broker who specialises in Contractor Mortgages....
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    How about Data/Solution Architecture? If you...

    How about Data/Solution Architecture?

    If you have a good understanding of the BI/MI world, and have some good business knowledge, then architecture is a good path to go down. Although as NLUK has...
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    Thanks. I was thinking about getting a personal...

    Thanks. I was thinking about getting a personal one. Mostly for the benefits you recieve such as airmiles/concierge/insurance etc



    That makes sense. I suppose it depends on what the question...
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    American Express

    Hi All,

    Has anyone got any experience with an Amercian Express Card? How do they go about validating you if you are paid Wage/Dividend like so many of us are?

    Thanks

    Paul
  20. Thanks for the replies. some interesting thoughts...

    Thanks for the replies. some interesting thoughts on things :)

    I like the idea of a big divi at the beginning of the year. I typically take a divi once every few months.

    Taking it at the...
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    I had a contract once where contractors weren't...

    I had a contract once where contractors weren't allowed in the car park. The nearest was a park and ride 10 miles away. I parked anyway. THUG LIFE!
  22. - Either the new range rover, bmw M6 or the i8...

    - Either the new range rover, bmw M6 or the i8 (need to somehow convince the misses that is makes more sense than towels, kitchens and potential weddings!)

    That's about it really!
  23. Higher Rate and Take Home - What do you prefer?

    Morning All,

    I was just wondering, what do you guys typically do with your take home pay? For the last few years contracting, I have pretty much stuck to the lower rate threshold and built up a...
  24. Sounds to me like they have some form of...

    Sounds to me like they have some form of security, where as you need to have an account within their network. So, open to the big wide world might not be the case.

    However, if you can view...
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    Wow, thanks for all the responses (although I...

    Wow, thanks for all the responses (although I feel I have started some kind of accountancy war!).

    I have to say I love FreeAgent, it does everything I want, its fast, accessible from any device...
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    Thanks TheFaQQer, I have signed up for a demo of...

    Thanks TheFaQQer, I have signed up for a demo of the software. So am just wondering how well the accounting side of things are.



    Thanks. Sounds good :)
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    Crunch Online Accounting

    Hello All,

    Has anyone on here had experience with Crunch?

    I am currently using FreeAgent and a friend to do my accounts, but have been considering trying either SJD, Nixon Williams or Crunch....
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    For stuff like this, I typically write a...

    For stuff like this, I typically write a Statement of Work that outlines I will be completing a Technical Design Document that will include x,y and z. Once they have signed that, I create the...
  29. I would personally recommend something like...

    I would personally recommend something like Ansible or Puppet. If you are wanting it free, then the open source versions will work.

    Puppet is a steep learning curve for Windows Administrators, as...
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    I have a couple around the house. One is running...

    I have a couple around the house. One is running OpenElec as a media player and the other is running as an OpenHab home automation server. Great for media, although it can struggle a little for home...
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    I have used Plex for a few years and love it! My...

    I have used Plex for a few years and love it! My only real issue is choosing a decent player, but since there is now an app for the xbox one, I don't really have to worry.

    I am also hearding some...
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    Hi Oliverson, I am currently in a hybrid...

    Hi Oliverson,

    I am currently in a hybrid between the two, and have found it to cause a few stressful days, but I am sure it will pay off in the end.

    It has typically started by my contracts...
  33. Hi Brian, Sorry to hear about your loss. I...

    Hi Brian,

    Sorry to hear about your loss.

    I would highly recommend you get in touch with a Solicitor who specialises in Wills and Probate. From my personal experience (I was the executor to my...
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    I regularly subcontract out work as I have a fair...

    I regularly subcontract out work as I have a fair bit of stuff coming in. It makes sense as I am building a business, but haven't quite got enough work in to justify hiring someone full time to cover...
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    I completly agree with NLUK. What is the point in...

    I completly agree with NLUK. What is the point in working as hard as we do with the risks involved and not enjoy the extra money it attracts?

    Whenever I have wanted to have time off, I simply let...
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    I use DueDil which is pretty awesome! (I haven't...

    I use DueDil which is pretty awesome! (I haven't had to pay yet, as everything I need to know is in there).
  37. Thread: Overtime

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    It really depends on what you agree from the...

    It really depends on what you agree from the outset and have in your contract.

    I had a very interesting contract with a Service Provider where I had set a 'typical day' that say they would pay my...
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    I usually give a range on my day rate, and...

    I usually give a range on my day rate, and explain that it depends on the scope of work. Then when you get the role, you are in a better position to bargain.

    Bizarrely, my current gig worked out...
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    Some good answers :) I got into contracting by...

    Some good answers :)

    I got into contracting by becoming disillusioned with the channel. Most of my career was as a consultant delivering to my employers customers. Many projects were highly...
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    2.99% fixed for 5 years is amazing in comparison!...

    2.99% fixed for 5 years is amazing in comparison!

    I have been going through the process via a contractor mortgage broker that is coming in at 4.49% for two years.. Thats for a 275k house with 30k...
  41. Thread: Retainers

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    Retainers

    Morning All,

    I was wondering how you guys deal/build up retainer deals with some of your clients? A past client of mine has asked for me to offer some form of retainer, and my inital thoughts...
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    There are a few places you can stay not too far....

    There are a few places you can stay not too far. It is between Holmes Chapel & Knutsford. There are a few pubs in Holmes chapel that might do B&B... then you could always cycle there.

    The Kilton...
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    Thanks NLUK, I have fired the question over to my...

    Thanks NLUK, I have fired the question over to my accountant to see what options are available, so once I hear, I shall post what he says :)




    Yeah good point. From my *limited* knowledge on...
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    Thanks FAQQER, I will have a look at their site...

    Thanks FAQQER, I will have a look at their site and see what they offer :)



    It is all in the business account.
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    IFA Recommendations - Manchester

    Hello All,

    I am wanting to get in touch with a decent Financial Advisor to help me make the most out of my war chest and my account balance. Can any one recommend a decent firm?

    Thanks

    Paul
  46. I stand corrected :), I am sure I read somewhere...

    I stand corrected :), I am sure I read somewhere you need to have a solicitor represent a LTD company, and you cannot do it yourself. No idea where.

    Thanks
  47. Am I right in thinking a LTD company can't go...

    Am I right in thinking a LTD company can't go through the small claims court? Due to it being a legal entity, you need someone to represent the company?

    As most people are saying on here, it...
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    Alphabet Shares - Confused

    Afternoon All,

    Before I delve into my rather complicated question, I think a brief history would help set the scene. Back in 2013 I decided I want to start building up a company that would offer...
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    Ok, I think I have sussed this now. If anyone...

    Ok, I think I have sussed this now. If anyone else is interested :)

    The best way would be to go over on a 457 visa (giving you up to 4 years based on circumstance) and get a 'casual/contract' job...
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    Thanks for the replies. The 457 visa seems to...

    Thanks for the replies.

    The 457 visa seems to be the way forward. The tax aspect would make sense as I would get a wage and taxes will be covered under PAYG. The only thing I need to get my head...
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