Lack of security most difficult aspect of freelancing and contracting

New research suggests that 47 per cent of freelancers and contractors have revealed that ‘lack of security’ is the most difficult aspect of self-employment, research by leading contractor tax adviser, Qdos Contractor of The Qdos Group suggests. Research into 714 UK freelancers and contractors, highlights – 47 per cent believe lack of security is the

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New research reveals the power of persuasive labels

A unique psychological study from Avery UK has revealed just how much labels really matter when it comes to consumer decisions and customer loyalty. The in-depth research centres on small businesses and the power and influence of their own shipping and product labelling. Working with an established behavioural psychologist, Avery UK tested consumer response to

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Introducing Small Business Grants: £5,000 up for grabs every month!

Here at SmallBusiness.co.uk, we are excited to announce the launch of Small Business Grants – our new, free-to-enter competition awarding a £5,000 grant to a leading small business every month. Applying for this exciting new initiative is easy. If you run a small business that was incorporated at least one year ago, are actively trading,

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Why don't universities prepare students for self-employment?

There’s a steep rise in the number of young people going freelance, yet many universities still don’t educate them about self-employment

Entrepreneurship is a hot topic within universities, and there are innovative programmes helping guide the next generation of business founders. But many students are still not accessing the support needed to go it alone.

The student population has the potential to drive the UK’s boom in self-employment – since 2008 there has been a 66% increase in the number of 16- to 29-year-olds going freelance. But just 1% of freelancers learnt about self-employment in school or college and 2% in university, according to ComRes research last year. More must be done so that young people recognise self-employment as a viable career path.

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