Get self-employed ready

If you're thinking about becoming self-employed IPSE can help you to get off on the right start

Migrating from student to self-employed can be a daunting prospect. But with IPSE's Student membership, we provide a wealth of resources, networking and training opportunities to steer you through the transition period to realising your dream of working for yourself!

Annual membership for only £35 or FREE with your University*

There's no time like the present, join IPSE today and become part of the largest membership for the self-employed in the UK. As a Student member you'll have access to a suite of benefits to get you ready for the world of self-employment.

*Check to see if your University is on our list of Partners, and they'll cover the membership fee, so you get all of this, for FREE.


✓ Comprehensive guide to freelancing

✓ IPSE Business Guides 

✓ IPSE Events and Networking 

✓ IPSE Partner Discounts 

✓ IPSE Templates 

✓ Full membership discount


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Our most popular membership benefits

Protection benefits

Guide to Freelancing

Our 80 page guide will introduce you to the world of freelancing with tips about setting up, launching, and sustaining a self-employed career.

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IR35 - are you in or out? IPSE provides contract templates for you to use to help run, manage and protect your business.

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National Freelancers Day 2020

National Freelancers Day

Our annual flagship event is a packed day full of inspirational speakers, interactive sessions, informative workshops and so much more.

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Newsletter and Magazine

Stay ahead of the game with news from industry leading experts, plus valuable insights from the self-employed community.

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Included in your membership

IPSE's Guide to Freelancing

IPSE's Guide to Freelancing is aimed at independent professionals, such as freelancers, contractors and consultants who sell services to companies.

If you’re just starting out, it will show you what to do, all the way from launch to running a successful business a few years down the line. And if you’re already established, it’s a great way to check that you’re on top of the latest rules, regulations and ideas for improvement.

Whatever your profession, whether you’re a creative, developer, business consultant or expert in a very specific niche, this guide will help you make a living from your knowledge.

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IPSE Business Guides

IPSE provides guides, tips, tools and templates for you to use to help run, manage and protect your business. We add to these daily and update them on a regular basis.

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IPSE Events and networking

IPSE runs and supports around 100 events annually, such as our flagship event - National Freelancers Day, regular webinars from a range of specialists, and smaller events around the UK. All of the events are designed with our members in mind, to expand their network and share ideas with other self-employed individuals from all industries.

IPSE's online events and webinars allow members to connect and discuss topics directly with specialists for a range of topics, including finance, social media, wellbeing, winning work and much more.

Have a look at IPSE's upcoming events to see what you could get involved in.

Event listings


IPSE Partner discounts

Whether you are starting out or an experienced business owner, new challenges constantly arise when you are trying to grow your self-employed business, but don't worry IPSE is here to navigate you through it.

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IPSE Templates

Contract templates

The correct contract is an essential part of every freelancer's toolkit.  Not only do they outline the wants, needs and expectations of the parties, but they also provide a legal framework within which these will be achieved; and a back up should legal intervention be required. Contracts provide a formal definition of the business relationship between the freelancer and agency or direct client.


Our guides cover everything from setting up a company, ways to win work and, importantly, how to ensure you get paid; packed with real-life case studies from those who know what you're going through. We areconstantly creating member-only guides to help you flourish in your self-employed business.

Have a look around our IPSE Library to see our guides, templates and reports.

IPSE membership plan discounts

After you complete your studies and decide that self-employment is right for you, we've designed three membership plans that offer varying levels of business protection, so that you can focus on what you do best. 

Take a look at our three plans or speak with an IPSE rep to discuss your exclusive discount as a former Student member.

IPSE Academy

It’s essential to you as an independent professional to keep your skills and knowledge up to date.  We understand the importance of flexibility and cost when it comes to training - which is why we have worked with leading training providers to offer a combination of discounted training, in-classroom and online learning.

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Get ready to freelance

Do you qualify?

To qualify for IPSE Student membership you must be:

  • A current student at a University, Higher Education College, Further Education College, or have graduated within the past 12 months

  • Enrolled on a qualification at level 4 or above (e.g. BA, BSc, HNC, HND, FdSc, BEng, MA, MSc, MBA, PhD)
  • Aged 18 and over

Join today

No time like the present, join IPSE today and become part of the largest membership for the self-employed in the UK.

Become a member