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Where do I start with branding?

If you have little experience in shaping a brand, this may feel a little daunting – but thankfully, it doesn’t need to be. We've put together these 6 tips on branding to get you started.

IPSE Membership, have your say

Complete the IPSE membership survey and share your experiences of IPSE, what you value and what you feel could be improved. It’s the members that make IPSE, so we want to make sure your views are at the centre of all of our decisions.

IPSE AGM 2021: play your part in your membership organisation

IPSE’s 2021 AGM will be held on 5th May at 5pm – and we are urging all members to get involved. If you have been an IPSE member since before 20th April 2021, you can attend the AGM virtually. The other key way you can get involved is by voting via proxy for the resolutions: this just takes 5 minutes, but makes a big difference for your membership organisation.

10 best things to buy with your IPSE £50 Amazon voucher

When you refer a friend to IPSE, you will receive a £50 Amazon voucher when they sign up for a plus membership. Amazon offers a range of gadgets and accessories perfect for those who are self-employed and working at home. Here are ten of the best finds.

Alternatives to public transport in London

As we get closer to some normality, you may venture into the capital to work on a project or meet a client. IPSE’s partner, Zipcar, explains the safest ways to travel into London during the Coronavirus pandemic.

How to become self-employed

Thinking about becoming self-employed? Before becoming your own boss, you might want to think about drawing up a business plan, saving for an emergency fund and opening a separate bank account. We speak to three experts to find out more.

Making self-employment work for disabled people

Last week, IPSE released a report which found that over 50,000 disabled self-employed workers in the UK have missed out on government support. IPSE’s senior researcher, Inna Yordanova, explains what the report found and how IPSE will use these findings.

Tips for getting a mortgage as a freelancer

We asked CMME for their help in demystifying the mortgage market and helping Freelancers get in tip top shape to secure a mortgage. Here is what Simon Butler, Head of Mortgages & Protection at CMME had to say…

Taking your offline business online

You may find that your business is among those that can benefit from making the move online or increasing your focus on the e-commerce side. This article will talk you through the basics of getting started.

Working from home for the first time

It can be challenging to transition from working in an office or coworking environment to working from home. Naomi Joseph provides some practical suggestions on how you can adjust to your new way of working.

How do I become a freelancer?

A new year means new beginnings for some, and maybe for you that means jumping into the world of self-employment. If you’re thinking of going freelance, or get asked about making the decision, this blog is for you.

What are the parties saying on self-employment at this election?

For freelancers and contractors, this has been one of the most interesting elections in years. In this blog post, Simon McVicker outlines what each of the parties are saying on self-employment at this election. Plus, we've created an IPSE policy manifesto tracker to show how each party stacks up against our manifesto, #5millionvotes.

My Money, the Journey in a nutshell

Thank you to all of you who attended our event My Money, the Journey. For those of you couldn’t make it to our Manchester or London event, we have got a quick little round-up!

Homeworking v. Coworking: which works best for you?

Are you better off working from home or setting up shop in a coworking space? This guest blog from marketing consultant and copywriter, Emma Saldanha explores the pros and cons of each option to help you decide what's best for your freelance business.

How to deal with a data breach

The chances are that up to 9 in every 10 businesses will have a data breach in the next 12 months. Given it’s not if but when, how will you deal with your data breach?

Do I need to pay a fee to the ICO?

Businesses from sole traders and independent practitioners up to multinational companies and global charities are required to pay this fee unless, under certain circumstances, they are exempt. So how can you tell whether you need to pay a fee?

IPSE drives late payment changes

Following consistent lobbying from IPSE, the Government has announced a series of proposals and measures on late payment. The proposals include more powers for the Small Business Commissioner, who was first suggested by IPSE and more.

Shifting your money mindset

Today, more people than ever before are turning to the freedom and flexibility of self-employment. In fact, there are over two million highly skilled freelancers in the UK today. But that doesn’t mean freelancing is easy.

How to handle multiple deadlines

Managing multiple deadlines is an essential skill for the busy freelancer. Naomi Joseph outlines some practical tips for freelancers to consider when facing multiple projects, clients and deadlines.

How to combat loneliness as a freelancer

Going it on your own can sometimes be a lonely business. In this latest guest blog theatre-maker and writer, Naomi Joseph, discusses her experience when dealing with loneliness as a freelancer and the different approaches that can be taken to alleviate loneliness.