External Resources

At IPSE, we have your best interests at heart and we are not selfish or unnecessarily competitive when it comes to providing you with value. This is why we are happy to recommend other resources that would be valuable to you when setting up and running your freelance business.

Here is a list of free resources outside of IPSE that you can take advantage of:

Guide to protecting your business by Close Brothers

Close Brothers has a resource which you can download to help you protect your business especially if it is at risk. This guide will teach you how to effectively plan for worst case scenarios and generally help you learn more about protecting your business.

CMME Information Centre

Find out everything you need to know about getting a mortgage as a contractor at the Information Centre on CMME’s website. You can get access to different guides and resources providing you with top mortgage tips and advice that is tailored to independent professionals.

Experian Business Hub

Experian has a resource hub that provides you with access to expert resources and tools for small businesses. This includes practical articles to help you on your journey to starting your business, useful information and tips on how to grow your business, as well as best practice advice on managing the everyday running of your business. You can also visit the hub for business calculators, white papers and more.

Business Cost Calculator by PeoplePerHour

If you are planning to start a business or a new project but have no clue how much capital you need, then you should probably try the Business Cost Calculator by PeopleperHour. This tool on PeoplePerHour’s website is designed to help freelancers estimate the costs of starting a business, get ideas for every stage of the journey and find out how much you can save.

IP Tutor online course by Intellectual Property Office

IP Tutor is an online training course delivered by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) which teaches the basics of Intellectual Property (IP). Through the training, you will be able to identify different forms of IP, understand the role of IP in freelancing as well as in your chosen subject area and know how to use IP to protect your work. This course is accredited by IPO and only deals with IP in the UK.