Issue 49

A word from the Editor 

The run up to the 2015 general election is well under way.

We now sit just a few weeks away from the UK's most critical political period for the past five years, yet none of us can be entirely sure which party - or should I say, parties - might form a government come 8th May.

So tighten your seatbelts, clue yourself up and prepare for a period of political slanging matches, personality and popularity contents, media frenzy and downright scandal, because this general election in particular looks set to be a belter.

And for the 4.5million or so people working for themselves in the UK, this election promises to be an important one. Heads removed resolutely from the sand, the party leaders now realise how important these young and experienced men and women are to economic prosperity and long-term growth.

Inside this issue - which, dare I say it, is probably the most prestigious IPSE Magazine yet - we gave each political leader the opportunity to present themselves to you as the best party for the self-employed.

I'm sure you'll find what they had to say just as interesting as I did.

Enjoy the magazine.

Benedict Smith


Magazine Articles

The IPSE Mag team review two of their favourite coffee-spots.

Editor Benedict Smith spends a day at one of the capital’s up-and-coming co-working spaces.

Stu Heritage faces up to the difficulties of saving for his future.

Jamie McDermott crosses the Channel and heads to Paris, where he explores all the French capital has on offer for freelancers.

Daniel Farey-Jones asks whether building a personal brand as a freelancer is really that important after all. 

When it comes to computers, the word on everyone’s lips is still ‘tablet’, but gadget lovers shouldn’t be turning their backs on the humble laptop just yet.

Tony Harris of Contractor Financials explains how the general election might impact on the housing market.


Having nurtured some of the greatest political, scientific and literary minds in times gone by, it’s no wonder the city of dreaming spires has earned a reputation as one of the world’s

Ben Wright looks at the European Commission’s latest plan and what it means for Europe’s smallest businesses.

Political commentator Hamish Macdonell weighs up the Scottish National Party’s general election chances as they prepare for battle on 7th May.

Game of Thrones is a dark, brutal tale of tribes fighting for supremacy in a medieval and far-away fantasy land, writes Editor, Benedict Smith.

Maternity payments, better internet and the right work/life balance.

European exit and late payment legislation would help freelancers argues Nigel Farage.

SNP pledge their support to independent professionals.

A new tax system to boost the talented people that make-up IPSE. 

Prime Minister David Cameron tells IPSE’s media adviser Jim Cassidy about his respect for the growing army of go-getters.

With IPSE Futures now available to all members, Chris Bryce explains how one of IPSE’s biggest benefits came about.

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A word from the Editor 

The run up to the 2015 general election is well under way.

A Word From The Editor 
Firstly I'd like to congratulate you all for making it through January, which I always find to be a long, arduous slog.

In this National Freelancers Day special of IPSE Magazine, we reveal the winner of Fifteen for 2015.

Welcome to the new-look, IPSE Magazine. Our new name means we can reach out to new groups of self-employed people who share our issues, challenges, strengths and passions.

In Issue 45 of Freelancing Matters we ask whether knowledge-based sectors are overtaking Britain's traditional industries, with Britain's booming technology industry and declining manufacturing ind

As Scotland's day of destiny draws nearer, leading political journalist Hamish MacDonell gives insight into the mood in camp in Issue 44 - our packed out Scottis

In Issue 43, our European special, we take look at how the voting will play out in May’s Euro elections.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson is interviewed by Jim Cassidy, who discusses the importance of freelancers and small businesses to the UK economy.

Firstly, a warm welcome to the 41st edition of Freelancing Matters and a Happy National Freelancers Day for the 21st November!

First things first, welcome to your new look FM. I hope you like what we’ve done with the place.