IPSE Incubator

Knowledge, support and protection you need to get going


IPSE’s Incubator is for anyone within the early stages of their self-employed career or for those seriously considering self-employment as their next move.

This 12-month programme provides you with the knowledge, support and protection you need to get going – knowing you have dedicated helplines and IPSE staff to turn to if you have any questions.

To celebrate the launch of the Incubator, we’re including it for free within our membership for a limited time.
Simply enter the promo code: INC-IPSE into your chosen membership grade to be enrolled.

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Self-employment is confusing enough, but through the Incubator journey we will provide you with all you need to make self-employment a sustainable and lucrative career move for you.

IPSE is a not-for-profit that has been running for over 21 years, so we are well aware of the challenges you face. Independent working doesn’t mean being alone, through the Incubator and IPSE membership you are connected with thousands of likeminded self-employed workers.

We have structured the content so you’ll receive monthly templates, guides, and advice to strengthen your business, sales, marketing and financial knowledge. As well as this, there is a whole host of other information and opportunities that will be relevant throughout the year such as tips for your mental health, cyber crime advice, events, webinars and networking, plus much more.

As well as the Incubator, you will have access to an account manager who will send you monthly emails to keep you motivated and access to all the benefits IPSE has to offer.

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Snapshot of the programme:


Contract templates: contractor, sole trader, IR35 compliant contracts, confidentiality agreements and more


Business plan, cashflow template, project planner, invoice template, statement of work


Podcasts, blogs and video content on winning work, negotiating rates, marketing yourself and more


Advice on areas including pensions, insurance, mortgages, savings, tax, expenses


Free tax and legal helplines


Personalised introductions to our banking, mortgage and accountancy partners


Free webinars with industry leading experts


Invites to our events, including National Freelances Day where there will be a dedicated Incubator networking session, our financial advice event My Money, and the IPSE Awards


Case studies of people working within self-employment, discussing how they started and what learnings they have to share


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Price: £95.00 (inc VAT)

To benefit from 12 months of support to help grow your business, simply enter the promo code: INC-IPSE into our Essentials membership grade to be enrolled.

For those of you new to IPSE, we have three membership grades which offer an increasing number of benefits and protection. If you would like either Standard of Plus membership as part of the Incubator, enter the promo code into those options. If you have any questions at all please email or call our membership team, 020 8897 9970.

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What members say


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With a solid foundation, your business will flourish, 'Incubator' has helped my core business stability.”


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I am enjoying the Incubator, as an 'old timer' I thought it would be good to refresh my skills, and it really has been useful. It’s really encouraged me to network more and try new things.”


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I’ve joined the IPSE Incubator to enable me to learn these important processes for running a successful contracting business whilst hopefully bringing me into contact with other local contractors for community support and shared learning.”


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IPSE’s Incubator has helped me to have a rounded understanding of my business needs, giving me the hand I needed to get going.”



Do I need to have IPSE membership with the Incubator?

Yes, we are providing the Incubator free of charge for a limited time as part of our membership to celebrate its launch! We have three grades available for you to pick from. If you’re brand new to self-employment our Essentials membership could be a good starting point. For those of you looking for comprehensive protection as well as sickness and jury cover our Plus membership could be quite appealing.

I’m already an IPSE member can I enrol?

Yes of course, just email or call our membership team, 020 8897 9970, and they will add you into the programme.

I’m an IPSE member, I want to join the Incubator but I have less than 12 months left of my membership, how would that work?

You can enrol on the incubator at any point during your membership but you would need to renew your membership on any one of our three packages to receive the full 12 months support of the Incubator.

I’ve started the Incubator on Essentials but want to upgrade to Standard or Plus, can I do this and stay on the Incubator?

Yes, you will need to pay the difference in the membership package for the upgrade. Just email or call our membership team, 020 8897 9970, and they will sort it for you, it will not affect your place on the Incubator.

Will there be any face to face contact?

Yes we hope so, with COVID it’s tricky right now but if all goes well towards the end of the year we’d like to build some face to face opportunities in.

I’ve signed up but not received any communication yet

Please email us at [email protected] and we’ll look into this for you

I’m thinking of signing up but have a few questions before I do, who can I speak to?

Please email us at [email protected] with your questions and we’ll answer them, or send us your phone number if you’d like to speak to us in person.