IPSE Awards – Calling all Freelancers!

Win up to £5,000 towards your business

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) are hosting a competition to crown the UK’s best independent professional. There are two categories for the award – Aspire for those under 23 years of age and Inspire for those over the age of 24.

Fifteen finalists will be invited to London to pitch themselves and their business to a panel before returning as guests to the IPSE Awards ceremony in June, where the winners will be announced. The winner of the Aspire group with be awarded £3,000 to help their business and the overall winner of the Inspire group, £5,000. There are also additional prizes and business support for runners up.

So whether you are a designer, a writer, a developer, an architect or an inventor… why not put in an application!

Deadline for applications: Friday 17th March 2017

For further information visit the IPSE website. 

HMRC Self Assessment Help Sessions

Questions about your tax return?

Join one of HMRC’s live Self Assessment Help and Support sessions. Although nothing confidential can be discussed, the sessions will try to help in answering general questions such as those related to business expenses.

There are sessions running on the following dates:

Just click on the date to register for that particular session. There will be an on-screen textbox which can be used to ask questions during the sessions.

It is also worth taking a look at some of the free e-learning resources offered by HMRC including their: Tax Guide for the self-employed and Self-employed business expenses.

Tax Help for the Self-employed

Useful set of webinars to help you to fill in your tax returns and budget ahead of payment deadlines.

HMRC are running a useful set of webinars throughout July to to help self-employed people to plan ahead for the January deadline.

There will be two sessions on the 5th of July:

There are also a number of further webinars running from the 7th-13th of July on keeping records and what to claim:

All you have to do is follow the links to receive an invitation.

Click here for more details, and to read the full bulletin from HMRC.

Insurance for the Self-employed

Avoid any costly mistakes with the right insurance to cover your business – all you need to know!

It’s a topic which is often overlooked but is a very important element of self-employment. Nick Breton, head of small business insurer Direct Line for Business runs through the basis of contactors’ insurance in a blog for Enterprise Nation. It’s a very worthwhile and informative read – straightforwardly outlining everything you need to know on the topic.

Read it here