If you’re the director of a limited company, you could be missing out on vital tax relief. Here we explain some of the different allowances available to you, and how you can take advantage of them to reduce your tax bill.
Does the thought of claiming a tax refund feel similar to slamming a mallet down onto the tenderest part of your thumb? It really doesn’t have to be that way, especially if you’re contracting in the UK’s construction sector.
Football players might have a flair for the melodramatic, but there’s nothing wrong with the game itself. We’ve unpacked five unexpected life lessons from the beautiful game, and show you how they’ll help you as a contractor.
So you’ve got your visa and a seat on a plane to the UK, congratulations! You’re about to embark on an exciting adventure. At this point, you’re probably feeling some anxiety at the thought of moving to a foreign country and starting a new life. Fear not. Here are our ten tips for finding your feet […]
Starting a limited company in the UK has never been this easy. 1st Contact Accounting now offers an entirely three-step service for setting up your limited company. It’s quick, it’s easy, and best of all – it’s free.
If you’re new to the UK or planning to move there, chances are you’re going to need a job – and soon. Here are five steps to find the perfect job using 1st Contact.
We look at Payscale, Market Week, Marketing Week and Michael Page salary surveys to investigate the top six factors that that influence salaries in the UK.
Many expats find umbrella companies appealing because they offer a fixed-fee service that’s payable only when used. But employment like this is not without contention. 1st Contact dispels five myths surrounding umbrella companies.
Over the past twelve months, half a million new businesses were established in the UK alone. If you’re thinking of setting up a limited company, the following list of dos and don’ts will help you avoid the common mistakes that many startups make.
It’s easy to get caught up in your work-from-home world. If you’re a freelancer falling prey to cabin fever, strip off that onesie, comb your hair and get out there! There are plenty of coffee shops and collaborative spaces in London that will see you getting your work done in no time.
So you’re bored with your job, tired of working for someone else, and thinking about riding solo as a full-time contractor? Here are three questions to ask before taking the plunge and choosing a freelance lifestyle.
Small businesses often regard marketing as an unnecessary expense, but there are dozens of cost-effective techniques that startups and SMEs can use to promote themselves. Here are eight smart ways to market your business on a shoestring budget.
The UK is lacking a number of skilled people in various industries. Could your skill set be in demand without you even knowing it?
Today is the fifth National Freelancers Day, celebrating the great role that freelancers play within the economy. The day aims to bring together “business leaders, political heavyweights and independent professionals to reflect on the power of the freelance model.”
Considering giving up permanent employment to become a contractor? Before you hand in your resignation letter and print those business cards, it’s vital that you have looked at every aspect of your decision.
In an attempt to boost job creation, George Osborne announced in the most recent budget speech that every UK employer will receive a £2,000 cut from their National Insurance Contributions (NICs).
The 2014 Commonwealth Games are fast approaching, with just more than a year to go. There are a number of employment opportunities currently available for various positions.
If you’re an independent contractor or the owner of a limited company in the UK, you already have an accountant, right?
If you’re a contractor in the UK, and you are not ready to start a limited company, you should seriously consider joining a reputable umbrella company.