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Freelance Advice

It can be daunting flying solo. So, it's a good job we're here with plenty of useful advice plus stories straight from the horse's mouth.

You'll find helpful info on what insurance freelancers need, the pros and cons of being your own boss, and self-employed rules and regs.

#FreelanceFriday interview

As part of our support for National Freelancers Day (23 November 2011), we're running interviews every Friday with some lovely freelancers.

Is short-term professional indemnity insurance worth it?

Can you get away with short-term professional indemnity insurance? Not if you want to sleep easy. It's cheaper but it's much riskier. Here's the low-down.

6 things to consider before going freelance

A freelancing dream is coming closer! But before you actually write down your notice letter, spend some time considering these 6 points for taking the leap…

7 ways to combat rising insurance premiums

So, every penny counts then? You bet it does (tell us something we don’t already know) and if you’re anything like us, you’ve tightened your belt so much that you’re having trouble breathing.

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Why you should keep your insurance broker updated

Changing address, increasing turnover, new business activities, a new company name and increasing your level of cover all have ramifications.

HMRC hardens up

Being self-employed can be incredibly daunting and demanding. But in light of the HMRC crackdown, and with the case of the plumbers, it’s vital that you remember that being self employed, whatever you are doing, means being professional.

Freelancer problems: the big five

As a freelancer, you face a different set of problems to employees. And many of them you'll have to deal with on your own. Here are five biggies.

Balancing Google ranking with a great service

Google consider plenty of ranking factors and, thankfully, none mean we have to change who we are. But we do have to pay more attention to these factors, and work a bit harder. Here’s what we’ve learnt:

Small business and social media

Thanks to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, news travels fast. Is your business making the most of it? Here's how to get started.

How to deal with late payment

Recent research by the FSB revealed that almost three-quarters of small firms were paid late last year. Not good enough is it? Here's how to deal with it.

The danger of recommending materials

Nothing wrong with recommending materials as part of your service, is there? Not unless it all goes horribly wrong and you're held liable. Here's why.

Risk tips for marketing consultants

Want to reduce your risk? Then the security that comes with knowing you've got the might of an insurer behind you is not to be sniffed at.