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It is likely you will need funding to start your business unless you have your own money. Discover some of the main sources of start up funding.

Businesses and individuals must account for and pay various taxes. Understand your tax obligations and how to file, account and pay any taxes you owe.

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Learn why business planning is an essential exercise if your business is to start and grow successfully, attract funding or target new markets.

Marketing matters. It drives sales and helps promote your brand and products. Discover how to market your business and reach your target customers.

Some businesses need a high street location whilst others can be run from home. Understand the key factors from cost to location, size to security.

Your employees can your biggest asset. They can also be your biggest challenge. We explain how to recruitment and manage staff successfully.

It is likely your business could not function without some form of IT. Learn how to specify, buy, maintain and secure your business IT.

Few businesses manage the leap from start up to high-growth business. Learn what it takes to scale up and take your business to the next level.

The changing face of the freelancer

29 January 2019

The changing face of the freelancerNew analysis of the self-employed sector has found that job flexibility is the key attraction for today's freelancers.

A study by Instant Offices has found that millennials and UK workers facing significant lifestyle changes, such as motherhood or impending retirement, are looking for more flexible ways to work.

According to IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed, the self-employed sector includes 4.8 million people, with freelancers comprising 42% of that population and 6% of the UK workforce as a whole.

IPSE data also shows that the number of female freelancers has grown by 55% since 2008. The number of new mothers choosing to take up freelance work rather than return to full-time office employment post-baby has shot up by 79%. Comparatively, the number of men freelancing has grown by 36% in the same time frame.

Millennials are also driving growth, with the number of freelancers aged 26-29 rising by 66% since 2008. However, baby boomers and Generation X make up almost half of the freelancer population, with 48% in the 40-59 age range.

Freelancers contributed £119 billion to the UK economy in 2016, up from £109 billion in 2015. The best-paying roles for freelancers are in finance and IT. The fastest-growing freelance occupations in the past ten years have been:

  • Healthcare (191% growth);
  • Artistic, literary and media roles (103% growth);
  • Sports and fitness (103% growth).

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