The self-employed are stronger together

One community, one voice. 

If you work for yourself – whether you call yourself a freelancer, contractor, self-employed, sole trader or side hustler – IPSE exists to fight your corner.  

As the UK’s only not-for-profit trade association dedicated exclusively to the self-employed, IPSE brings self-employed individuals from a wide range of industries together to speak with one united voice. 

Campaigning in the heart of Westminster and beyond, IPSE protects the self-employed from harmful legislation and works across the political spectrum to secure a fairer and more prosperous environment for the future of self-employment. 

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We build relationships with industry partners to ensure self-employed voices are heard with key players outside of government, pushing for higher standards and better treatment of self-employed suppliers. 

And we are one of the UK’s leading sources of research into self-employment, landing headlines and shaping policy by offering some of the most authoritative and up-to-date insight into today’s self-employed landscape. 

Our vision for the future of self-employment is one where you get paid on time; where you get a fair deal on tax and finance; and where your status and rights as a self-employed individual are respected and protected. 

Help us make it happen by becoming a member – we may work alone, but our voices are stronger together. 

Find out more about the work we are doing in our policy team >

IPSE's Policy and Research Committee

IPSE’s Policy and Research Committee (PRC) was set up to enable members to feed in directly to our policy work and help us design our research projects. The PRC remains an integral link between IPSE’s membership and the work of the team to deliver research-backed policy recommendations that benefit UK freelancers.

Learn more about the PRC >


Join a community that supports you on your self-employed journey

From starting up your business to winding it down, IPSE's range of member benefits provide expert guidance, vital protection, and real connections, so that you're never in doubt.

While you focus on what you do best, we'll take care of the rest.

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Events, networking and training

IPSE holds a diverse range of events every year, both online and in-person, to help you expand your skills and knowledge and make connections

Advice and guidance

Guides, advice, tips, tools and templates created by experts to help you run, manage and protect your business.

IPSE Tax, Contract and Legal helplines

Our tax and legal helplines are provided by a team of impartial experts, who can provide you with guidance for all your queries through your self-employed journey.

Our memberships

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With an IPSE Community membership, you'll gain access to vital benefits that help you simplify self-employment and grow your network.

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IPSE Umbrella members have access to vital protections to help them minimise risk and protect their income whilst working via an umbrella company.

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IPSE Freelancer membership is the ultimate toolkit for freelancers to minimise risk, protect their income, and access expert resources.

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IPSE's full suite of benefits for limited company directors, featuring vital protection and access to expert resources.

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