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    I think that you can only charge interest if...

    I think that you can only charge interest if you've alerted the client to that fact. So if your invoice doesn't mention anything about interest you can't charge it until you have written to the...
  2. Although I'm a contractor, I tend to evaluate a...

    Although I'm a contractor, I tend to evaluate a lot of the technical CVs for my current client. Definitely put links to other work - particularly portfolios - but only if it's relevant. I had one CV...
  3. Thread: advise please!

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    Yeah, it definitely sounds like this is one of...

    Yeah, it definitely sounds like this is one of your first contracts.

    Don't confuse being a contractor with being an employee. There is no obligation for you to work extra hours, and unless you're...
  4. Thread: Software costs

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    I'm sorry, but this simply isn't true. One of...

    I'm sorry, but this simply isn't true.

    One of the main distinctions between a contractor and an employee is the provision of equipment. Read this:

    HM Revenue & Customs: Employment status

    ...
  5. Thread: Opt in or out?

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    WTS, don't opt out. You gain nothing. Plus, if...

    WTS, don't opt out. You gain nothing.

    Plus, if you're about to sign the opt-out having won the contract, you may have already interviewed or met with the client - in which case, you can't opt-out...
  6. If it's a 24 month contract, why wouldn't it be...

    If it's a 24 month contract, why wouldn't it be reasonable? What's reasonable and what's unenforceable depends upon the contract as a whole. If the role is only 3 months long it's another story. If...
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    Most people who need help with legal documents...

    Most people who need help with legal documents would go to a solicitor...

    If you're a member of the PCG you can download sample contract documents, or you could buy a ready-made contract from one...
  8. I'm not sure it even counts as a restraint of...

    I'm not sure it even counts as a restraint of trade, because it's not preventing you from taking other contracts. It's merely the terms of business you must accept to work with this agency.
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    There are also some complications at the end of...

    There are also some complications at the end of the period - you are not paying for the bike out of your salary, you are loaning it from your limited company for a fee. At the end of the rental...
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    ^ Talk to you accountant Hey, me too :) ...

    ^ Talk to you accountant



    Hey, me too :)

    Although no VAT back on mine, since I brought it in the USA. Still get some expenses benefits on it though, so all good.
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    I think the point Bolshie is making is that it...

    I think the point Bolshie is making is that it sounds like you didn't negotiate when you were offered the rate. It sounds like the agency offered you £250, and you accepted.

    If you're working for...
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    And what happens when you go to work for a big...

    And what happens when you go to work for a big company that meets all of your bullet points for a small company? I think you've got a terribly simplistic view, and you probably just haven't worked...
  13. You're correct - the exact bit you're referring...

    You're correct - the exact bit you're referring to is the VAT Act 1994, Sch.5, Paragraph 3. You don't have to charge VAT.

    For the most part, you shouldn't have to worry about anything in the USA,...
  14. Thread: My Daily Rate?

    by lxt04
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    Seems like a good one to me - and it's what I...

    Seems like a good one to me - and it's what I did. You can get started straight away without delay, and then have all the requisite paperwork (business bank account, VAT registration number, etc) all...
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    Flat-rating and pricey laptops

    I need to buy a new laptop, for various reasons it's quite an expensive one (I'm a mac developer and deal with graphics, so it's a Macbook Pro - no choice in the matter). The laptop is £1650...
  16. Talk to an immigration lawyer, and then talk to...

    Talk to an immigration lawyer, and then talk to an accountant.

    If you're asking complex questions relation to immigration here, you're setting yourself up for disaster. A lot of the assumptions...
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    In the UK, there's a residency test. It used to...

    In the UK, there's a residency test. It used to be simple enough, and now it's a little more complicated - but it is possible to become a non-resident and pay no UK income tax on your overseas...
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    There's a link between passport number and US...

    There's a link between passport number and US social security number. Because to get an SSN, you have to provide either proof of citizenship (which you don't have, because then you wouldn't be asking...
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    That is somewhat dodgy. Most substitution clauses...

    That is somewhat dodgy. Most substitution clauses require the client to not unreasonably withhold consent.

    That said, it would be unusual for 'unreasonable consent' to be explicitly defined in a...
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    Actually, I contract as an iPhone developer. It's...

    Actually, I contract as an iPhone developer. It's a reasonable day rate - nothing special, but better than what a lot of people with my experience and CV without the iPhone work are getting right now...
  21. Presumably the 4K includes National Insurance on...

    Presumably the 4K includes National Insurance on top of income tax...
  22. When I worked on-behalf of a big/the biggest...

    When I worked on-behalf of a big/the biggest state oil company in the gulf, I wasn't asked for any additional references other than what was on my CV, and I don't even think they took it.

    On the...
  23. Thread: agency question

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    On a similar note - I've got an offer through an...

    On a similar note - I've got an offer through an agency I've never heard of / dealt with before. It seems fairly small. The client is a big, respectable company, but the agency is pretty set on...
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