The freelancer’s guide to business receipts

Business receipts have a complicated place in the hearts of most people new to self-employment. That moment when you first register your company, head into a shop and put something ‘through the business’ – it’s an exciting time for everyone. It makes you feel proud of yourself, not to mention a little as though you’re […]

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The freelance life in numbers – what freelancers worry about before taking the leap

As you’ll see if you take a look around our website, we’re fairly passionate about the freelance lifestyle. Whether you’re a creative freelancer, a project manager, a contractor or a small business owner, we love keeping you well-informed on ways to make the most of your chosen way to make a living. 

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That iPhone X looks pretty sweet – can I put it through my company?

It’s that time of the year when the shops start flooding with new gadgets in time for the Christmas market. Tempting, aren’t they? But before you go rushing off and buying one on your company’s accounts, it’s worth knowing a little about what you can and can’t set against your taxes. Once again, we asked […]

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Christmas allowance for UK freelancers and contractors – what’s that all about, Kenny?

Forgive us for doing this to you so early in the year. It’s barely October and we’re already wafting the mistletoe around (believe us – it’s all we could do to keep Kenny from donning his Santa beard). But it’s always worth planning ahead, isn’t it? And when there’s a nice bit of tax-friendly Christmas […]

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Is the taxman becoming more vigilant? Here’s how to avoid suspicion

Recent reports suggest that HMRC may be increasing its activities in its enforcement of VAT rules. The suggestion seems to be that HMRC’s ‘HETs’ (Hidden Economy Teams – set up to look into people evading, among other things, value added tax) have become extra vigilant – the Freelance:UK website says that, “in the first half of this year, […]

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Tips on getting your client to pay up

Forgive us if you feel you’ve heard this all before, but freelancers working unpaid is squarely back in the news. The Creative Industries Federation reports that 8 out of 10 freelancers admit that working for free is “the norm”, with many feeling they have to do it to bolster their reputation and their portfolio. 

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Remaining tax deadlines 2017: stick them in the diary

With the summer slowly drawing to a close, we thought it’d be a good time to make sure you’re aware of all the important tax deadlines remaining between now and the end of January, 2018. MAF customers will, of course, be notified in good time and we’ll be helping you to fill out all the […]

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Freelance insurance: all you need to know

Of the many things that new freelancers and contractors have to get their heads around, insurance is often very low on the list. It just seems so fiddly and expensive, doesn’t it? But imagine falling sick for any serious length of time and not having freelance insurance. Imagine being charged with negligence (it could happen!) or theft […]

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Startup Stories: Thriving Ventures

In this week’s Startup Stories interview, we chat with a young Birmingham-based entrepreneur (and fellow MAFster) who aims to take on two strands of the computing world at the same time. Here, Erik Gustaf Akerman talks to us about launched Thriving Ventures during his years as a student at Aston University. In an in-depth discussion, […]

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Freelancer’s day rates peak, but outlook lacks confidence

The quarterly IPSE Confidence Index was published yesterday, and while glimpses of positivity shone through, the general feeling was one of unease. IPSE (Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed) compiled their report from the responses of 691 IPSE members, focusing on questions pertaining to business confidence, perceived demand for freelance work, and the factors […]

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