If you're self-employed and told to self-isolate, this guide will run you through everything you need to know about the rules and financial support if you cannot work from home.
IPSE is the UK's only not-for-profit membership organisation for the self-employed.
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self-employed, all in one place
No two days are the same when you're self-employed, and with that comes excitement and opportunity, but also risk. It's important to ensure you're prepared for the worst, so that you can enjoy doing what you do best. With an IPSE membership you get access to all the right tools to help protect and empower your business, all in one place.Join now Compare memberships
Don’t lose valuable income when you’re ill or a client doesn’t pay. Get a suite of essential insurances, so you have peace of mind knowing you are covered by IPSE.
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Whether you identify as being self-employed or as a freelancer, a contractor or a business owner, a founder or an entrepreneur or a gig worker, we are the one voice to represent all.
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The complete step-by-step guide to easily and quickly claim the fifth round of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, with questions answered by the self-employment trade body IPSE.
IPSE: warning as Universal Credit changes set to hit hundreds of thousands of self-employed from Sunday
IPSE warns that at least 200,000 self-employed could be affected by changes to Universal Credit, ahead of the government's reinstatement of the Minimum Income Floor (MIF) this Sunday.
Got something on your mind and need advice?
Our Advice section has hints and tips across the many topics of self-employment. From pandemics to professional indemnity insurance; IR35 changes, to choosing the right company structure; or even developing the right tools to help you win work.Check out IPSE Advice
Our recent policy work has been some of the most significant in IPSE’s history, with regular talks with the Chancellor and across government and national campaigns to support the self-employed through the coronavirus crisis. We're currently campaigning to review and reform the tax system and ensure the government is ready to support more of the self-employed if it comes to a second lockdown. Our members are what enables us to be a force with government and industry, the more of us, the louder our voice.Get involved Compare memberships
IPSE successfully campaigned for the extension of the Universal Credit minimum income floor suspension, keeping a lifeline open for hundreds of thousands of self-employed people.
IPSE successfully lobbied for small clients to be exempt from new IR35 rules.
IPSE successfully campaigned for the introduction of financial support for the self-employed during the pandemic.
IPSE successfully campaigned for the newly self-employed to be included in the latest SEISS grants.
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IPSE gives freelancers the support they need to thrive in today's market. For me, the best part of IPSE membership is attending the organised events as I always learn something new and make useful connections.
Improve Your Accent, Founder
Being a member of IPSE has plugged me into a fantastic array of resources that I just wouldn't be able to access otherwise. I've also been given access to really useful perks that are normally only available to full-time employees.
The Young Money Blog, Founder
As an IPSE Plus member I rest easy knowing that support is just a phone call away. The tax and legal helplines have solved quite a few issues for me over the years. They have saved me a lot of pain and even got me a VAT refund!
Blue Cricket, Founder
We empower you
IPSE membership offers you tax and legal helplines for advice and peace of mind, mental health and wellbeing support, guides and advice, as well as meet-ups and other events so you can get practical tips and support from the freelance community.
We protect you and your business
We want to see your business succeed. An IPSE membership offers you up to £10,000* in cover if a client, umbrella company or agency goes into administration. You also get vital tax investigation insurance, sickness and injury cover and much more.
We connect the self-employed
Being part of the UK’s largest community of freelancers and self-employed professionals gives you the safety net, support and inspiration you need to thrive, wherever you are in your self-employed journey.
Can you afford to not work?
Losing one or more days of payment without cover could cost you much more than a year of IPSE membership. Cover your self-employed income with a small monthly payment for peace of mind.Find out more
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