Martin Baxter

I’ve just started freelancing, how do I pay income tax?

Freelancing is becoming increasingly popular as a form of employment in the UK. One in seven people in Britain are now self-employed, and this trend is driven mainly by an increase in the number of skilled freelancers. According to stats from the Association for Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE), the number of freelancers in professional, managerial and technical occupations has

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The honest risks of self-employment (and why it’s worth it anyway)

Being your own boss is a dream for many. No more being micromanaged, no more office politics, no more clocking in on someone else’s schedule. You have the freedom to pick your own hours, your own projects and your own clients, and all your hard work lines your own pockets – not someone else’s.  But there’s no denying that self-employment comes with

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How to lead a greener life

Whether we intended it or not, lockdown made us all greener. During early April, UK emissions were down 31% on the same period in 2019. The country also achieved a record-breaking coal free period of 67 days, 22 hours and 55 minutes between April and June. There is hope that the rise of remote working could lead to a greener way of living

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How to pick up new freelance clients despite COVID

Lockdown has been, and continues to be, hard on freelancers. Empty inboxes, cancelled gigs and being ghosted by clients were as much a part of the pandemic experience as binge-watching Tiger King and family pub-quizzes on Zoom. But with an uncertain economic climate and a full return to “business as usual” looking still some way off, many companies are looking towards freelancers to

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How to win freelancing clients post-lockdown

It’s been a tough time for freelancers since coronavirus more-or-less put a halt to work earlier this year. While some have been able to continue working normally, others have seen clients drop away, leaving them reliant on government support if they were eligible for it.  However, we’re now seeing lockdown ease and a ‘new normal’ come into play, meaning opportunities for freelancers

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Why aren’t freelancers taking any time off?

When I started as a freelancer I had grand plans for my future. I pictured myself taking a midweek city break in Paris, spending months in Australia and plenty of long weekends catching up with friends in luxurious hot tubs across the country. The reality has been less globetrotter and more desk-squatter, and the best view I’ve had in recent weeks is

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Cyber attacks on the rise during lockdown

The sudden move to working from home for many workers back in March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed vulnerabilities that have led to a huge rise in cyber attacks. Cyber security experts Barracuda Networks reported on their survey which revealed that a massive 46% of organisations across the UK, USA, France and Germany have suffered at least one cyber

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How cyber-crime can affect the self-employed (and how you can protect yourself)

Cyber-criminals are increasingly targeting freelancers, seeing them as a “weak link” in terms of security. If you’re accessing client systems, software, data, or other operational tech through your own device then you pose what is perceived to be an easy target. Why waste time hacking into a secure system when they could get to it from your laptop which you regularly use

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What is cyber liability insurance and do I need it?

Cyber liability insurance is one of those things that just didn’t need to exist a few years ago. But as our reliance on the internet and digital technologies in business has grown, it’s a type of cover that’s become necessary. “Yeah,” you’re thinking. “For big online retailers. Not for me. I’m a freelance graphic designer/copywriter/influencer.” Well, we can see why you’d think that and, not long ago, you may

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