Issue 48

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.
But the point is, we’ve made it to February – a month which I think it’s fair to say we all approach with a bit more energy and optimism. And for the 48th issue of IPSE Magazine, we’ve put together a magazine which encapsulates just how much freelancers, contractors and independent professionals have to look forward to in 2015.
We spoke with David Morris MP, the UK’s first ever self-employed ambassador and the man handed the responsibility of taking our special sector forward. Head across to page 8 where our very own Jim Cassidy chatted to him at length about working for yourself and why he’s the right person for the job.
We’ve also touched on the successes we’ve had here at IPSE following the launch of our manifesto, which the policy team have been thrusting into the hands of the decision makers in Parliament. Signs are encouraging, Politicians are listening and we’re confident IPSE will be part of the debate come May. Turn to page 6 for an update.
On top of all the rest, we’ve brightened the place up with a little more colour and a lot more content from people working right at the heart of UK self-employment. I hope you enjoy it, and don’t be afraid to get in touch.
Ben Smith

Magazine Articles

Simon McVicker casts his eye over the political climate at the parties ready themselves for May's general election. 

Press and PR Officer Ben Wright takes a look at the year ahead in Europe.


No. 10’s man is singing the praises of the self-employed. IPSE’s Media Consultant Jim Cassidy meets the Government’s first Freelance Ambassador, David Morris MP.

IPSE's very own coffee enthusiast, Ben Wright, searches out his favourite coffee shops in the capital. 

Gary Sharp spends an evening at one of Glasgow's newest and best diners. 

IPSE's social media expert, Jamie McDermott outlines his top tips to maximise your social media presence this year. 

Guardian, VICE, and Radio Times writer Stuart Heritage gives us an insight into his life as a freelance journalist. 

IPSE Magazine Editor, Benedict Smith casts the spotlight on the role of self-employment in schools and universities.

15 for 2015 winner, Rebecca Shipham, on entering the competition, being crowned the UK's best freelancer and life after it.

Collaborative working spaces have taken the self-employed world by storm – and here are the stats to tell us why.

All Publications

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.