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Umbrella Company vs. Pay As Your Earn (PAYE)

Tuesday 6th December, 2016
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Umbrella Company vs Pay as You Earn (PAYE) – as a contractor it's important to understand the benefits of using an umbrella service over Pay As You Earn.

3 contracting lessons learnt in 2016

Friday 25th November, 2016
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What are the three biggest lessons 2016 has taught contractors and freelancers in the UK?

Don’t fall victim to online banking fraud! Here are our top tips…

Thursday 24th November, 2016
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Online banking fraud is at an all-time high and there have been more examples in the news this week. There are some really basic steps everyone can take to prevent this from happening to them.

How to avoid a limited company nightmare

Thursday 3rd November, 2016
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How limited company contractors can ensure a peaceful night’s sleep by avoiding limited company nightmares.

Could becoming a contractor eliminate your work-related stress?

Saturday 29th October, 2016
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How becoming a limited company contractor could help to reduce your work-related stress levels.

5 tips for becoming a trusted contractor

Tuesday 18th October, 2016
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How can contractors gain trust among their clients?

How to promote your services as a limited company contractor

Thursday 13th October, 2016
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Read our tips on how to market your limited company effectively.

How to get your limited company off the ground

Thursday 13th October, 2016
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Starting a limited company can be daunting, so here are some tips to help you get going.

Guest Blog - Need help securing a mortgage?

Thursday 13th October, 2016
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Posted by Mark Tarry, Director at HGSL
It can be difficult enough for a first time buyer to get on to the property ladder but when you’re new to contracting it can unfortunately make the process even more complex, which is why it’s important to seek specialist advice from financial advisors that know and understand your industry in order to avoid disappointment.

National minimum wage – What does the increase mean for you?

Thursday 29th September, 2016
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Posted by Tony Hodkinson
As everyone will be aware the National living wage came into effect this April for those over the age of 25 and is not due for another increase until April 2017. However, the national minimum wage for those under 25 is due to increase on the 1st October 2016. We’ve highlighted the new rates.

Did you know that HMRC now have Online Personal Tax Accounts (PTA)?

Thursday 29th September, 2016
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Posted by Remy Van De Perre
Did you know that HMRC now have Online Personal Tax Accounts (PTA)? There are over 3 million customers using their PTA, which allows individuals to view what income and tax contributions HMRC currently have on record.

Dividend tax planning for PSCs

Thursday 29th September, 2016
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Posted by Arif Patel
As you will recall HMRC radically changed the tax rates around dividend income for the 2016/17 tax year. Being six months into the new world is the perfect time for you to catch up with your accounts team to fully consider all the tax planning options available to you.

Umbrella Company Vs. Limited Company - Infographic

Monday 19th September, 2016
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Umbrella Company Vs. Limited Company? What's the difference? Our infographic explains...

5 Top tips to build your Twitter profile in order to win contracts

Monday 5th September, 2016
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We've provided 5 top tips to improve your Twitter profile in order to win more contracts.

Clients increasingly checking contractors' social media - Infographic

Friday 2nd September, 2016
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It has become essential for contractors to ensure they have a strong, professional social media presence in order to paint themselves in the best possible light.

Contractors: Is your CV up to scratch?

Friday 2nd September, 2016
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Is your CV up to scratch when compared to your competitors?

Why contractors should check out clients on social media

Wednesday 24th August, 2016
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How can social media be a useful tool for contractors wanting to check out prospective clients?

6 things contractors can do each day to boost their productivity

Friday 19th August, 2016
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How can contractors receive a mini-motivational boost each day?

5 mistakes to avoid when looking for your next contract

Friday 19th August, 2016
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What common mistakes do contractors need to avoid when searching for their next role?

How you spend your free time could make you a more successful contractor

Monday 8th August, 2016
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How should contractors spend their free time to make sure their limited company is as successful as possible?

Umbrella Expenses – A whole new world

Wednesday 27th July, 2016
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We look at what you can claim as an umbrella contractor following the T&S changes.

Are you up to date with your Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?

Wednesday 27th July, 2016
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Pretty much every profession now insists on members completing some form of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to develop and enhance their abilities.

Tech tips for limited company contractors

Wednesday 6th July, 2016
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What's the best technology available for limited company contractors right now?

Fancy contracting after retirement? How to plan your post-retirement career

Thursday 30th June, 2016
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With the vast majority of individuals wanting to continue working well into their retirement years, contracting, with its many benefits, offers the perfect post-career solution.

5 office stereotypes you won't miss when working as a contractor

Wednesday 22nd June, 2016
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Working from home means you'll never have to deal with these office stereotypes again.

Why do people choose to become contractors?

Monday 6th June, 2016
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With an increasing number of people becoming contractors, what are their reasons for working in this way?

How have things changed since T&S?

Friday 27th May, 2016
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Posted by Tony Hodkinson
It's been a busy few months at PayStream with some big changes in legislation. As you will probably be aware the new rules around T&S came into play on the 6th April. The great news for our contractors is that even without tax relief on your travel and subsistence expenses, there are still many benefits in our umbrella service.

How to convince your loved ones that you are actually 'working' from home

Tuesday 31st May, 2016
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How can limited company contractors make their loved ones see contracting in a favourable light?

How to create a productive home office environment

Friday 27th May, 2016
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How to ensure optimum productivity levels when working from home.

Key calendar dates for limited company contractors

Wednesday 18th May, 2016
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We've compiled a guide of key dates that are worth contractors jotting in their diaries.

Common pitfalls contractors face

Friday 13th May, 2016
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Here we take a look at difficulties contractors face.

Supervision, Direction or Control – What is it and what does it mean for you? - Infographic

Wednesday 4th May, 2016
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Travel & Subsistence expense rules for agency and umbrella workers have changed. Our infographic explains...

Why networking is crucial for contractors

Friday 22nd April, 2016
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Posted by Kerry Hull
Networking is often regarded as something that we know we should be doing, but find it hard to fit into our busy schedules. Many contractors and other professionals feel as though networking requires a lot of time and effort, but has no guaranteed reward.

Could social media be affecting your professional image?

Thursday 21st April, 2016
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Posted by Kerry Hull
In today's society, social media is consumed on a scale that has never been seen before. Worldwide, it is estimated that there are 2.2 billion social media users, with this number rapidly continuing to grow each year.

Contractor checklist: Things to remember when contracting

Friday 15th April, 2016
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Posted by Kerry Hull
When working for yourself as a contractor, there are many things that you need to remember. Although the skills and expertise used during a contract are highly important, there are also many other elements to remember that may have slipped the mind.

A beginner's guide to working as a limited company contractor

Thursday 14th April, 2016
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Here, we take a look at the most important things to remember for those who are new to the contracting profession.

Simple study tips

Thursday 24th March, 2016
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It's revision season across the UK and at PayStream, our accountants are gearing up for their professional exams. As a Chartered Management Accountant I thought I'd share a few of my study tips for helping getting through the next few weeks (as a student and a parent!).

Supervision, Direction or Control - What is it and what does it mean for you?

Thursday 24th March, 2016
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Changes to the Travel & Subsistence expense rules for agency and umbrella workers. What is it and what does it mean for you?

Could working as a contractor be good for your health?

Tuesday 1st March, 2016
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Could working as a contractor be good for your health?

The benefits of flexible working

Monday 22nd February, 2016
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Posted by Kerry Hull
Work-life balance in 2016 is a far cry from what it has been in the past couple of years. Flexible working is becoming an increasingly admirable option for many workers across the UK, as it allows a person to work as and when is best for them.

Fancy a career change? Why working as a contractor could be the job for you

Friday 19th February, 2016
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Posted by Kerry Hull
Our career is an integral part of our life. It is what we immerse ourselves in every single weekday for the majority of our adulthood. It is perhaps not so surprising then, that the most successful professionals in the world excel at what they do because they enjoy what their job entails and are able to give it their best with passion and enthusiasm.

Why now is the right time to organise your business

Sunday 15th February, 2015
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And even though contractors can't predict what will occur in the coming year, it's always helpful to be organised.

Key points to bear in mind before accepting a new contract

Thursday 14th January, 2016
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Choosing to work under an umbrella company or as a limited company contractor means that you will be responsible for seeking and securing your next contract. However, it's important to consider if your new contract is the right choice for you. Therefore, we've outlined a few factors to bear in mind.

Essential skills every contractor requires - Infographic

Tuesday 12th January, 2016
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Our infographic highlights the type of skills you need to become a successful contractor.

Start the New Year as you mean to go on

Monday 11th January, 2016
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Posted by Kerry Hull
This time of year is a great time to ensure that you have everything in order to make sure you start off the New Year with your best foot forward.

Are contractors happier because they don’t deal with office politics?

Thursday 3rd December, 2015
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For contractors, dealing with office politics very rarely happens and here are some of the reasons why.

Contractors, how to avoid gaps in between contracts – Infographic

Tuesday 24th November, 2015
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Working as a contractor means that occasionally you will experience gaps in between each assignment.With this in mind, we have outlined some top tips in our infographic to help you avoid those unwanted gaps.

How effectively do you manage your time as a limited company contractor?

Friday 6th November, 2015
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We outline how limited company contractors can manage their time effectively.

Contracting as a teaching assistant: What you need to know

Thursday 5th November, 2015
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When contracting as a teaching assistant, personal finances should retain importance, but knowing how to organise them can quickly become complicated. We outline what you need to know...

Customer Care provide some top umbrella tips

Thursday 22nd October, 2015
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Posted by Remy Van De Perre
Our Customer Care Team are always here to help with any and all of your queries. As such, our experienced team have come up with some "Top Tips" that you may like to know.

What are the pros and cons of working through an umbrella company?

Monday 26th October, 2015
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Deciding whether to work through an umbrella company or a limited company can be confusing, however finding the right option for you is not just about what you want to do but it is also dependent upon your circumstances.

Contractors, how to avoid gaps in between contracts

Tuesday 20th October, 2015
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Working as an umbrella or limited company contractor can sometimes mean that you have gaps in between contracts. That is why we at PayStream have outlined some top tips on how to avoid those unwanted gaps in between contracts.

10 top tips to give your limited company a professional image

Tuesday 13th October, 2015
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Creating a professional image for your limited company can help you as a contractor stand out from the crowd and potentially win new contracts. And here we outline 10 top tips that can help you build a professional image for your limited company.

Why building up your skills set as a contractor is crucial

Thursday 24th September, 2015
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As an umbrella or limited company contractor, building up your skills set is important if you want to continually secure contracts, because the harsh reality is, if you don’t someone else is likely to be chosen over you.

Can I reclaim expenses from before my limited company was set up?

Tuesday 22nd September, 2015
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You may have incurred pre-trading business expenses before you set yourself up as a limited company contractor. The question is, can you reclaim these expenses even after you have set yourself up?

4 Signs you're ready to make the move into the world of contracting

Friday 4th September, 2015
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Making the transition from permanent to temporary work can be an intimidating prospect, however with its numerous advantages and benefits, you'll soon see why contracting might be perfect for you.

Managing the move into a new area of contracting

Thursday 3rd September, 2015
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We have outlined some top tips when it comes to transitioning careers as a contractor.

How can becoming a contractor make work seem more meaningful?

Tuesday 1st September, 2015
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Could becoming a contractor make you feel happier at work?

North versus south: Where's best to be a contractor?

Friday 28th August, 2015
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Is it better to be a limited company contractor in the north or the south of the UK?

How to switch off from your limited company while you're on holiday

Thursday 27th August, 2015
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Leave your limited company behind while you're on holiday with these top tips.

Contractors, what features can influence your pay rate?

Friday 14th August, 2015
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Contractors, here are some of the biggest things that can influence your earning potential.

Your guide to freelancing in the arts

Thursday 16th July, 2015
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A guide to becoming a successful creative freelancer.

How can new technologies benefit contractors?

Thursday 4th June, 2015
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It seems that pretty much every day, there is some form of new gizmo or gadget released onto the market, but which new technologies can provide the greatest benefits to the UK's contractor workforce?

How to keep your contractor carbon footprint to a minimum

Tuesday 2nd June, 2015
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How exactly can contractors keep their emissions to the lowest level possible?

Essential skills every contractor requires

Friday 22nd May, 2015
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We have highlighted the type of skills you need to become a successful contractor.

Advice for new limited company contractors

Thursday 21st May, 2015
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A guide for limited company contractors who are just starting out on their own.

How can contractors benefit from the skills shortage?

Wednesday 20th May, 2015
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With skills shortages continuing to blight many of the UK's industries, highly-skilled contractors and freelancers are in an advantageous position to benefit from these unfilled positions.

What are the most important skills for contractors to have?

Tuesday 21st April, 2015
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With the skills shortage affecting industries throughout the UK, what do contractors need to be doing to benefit from the situation?

A contractors guide on dealing with planned and unplanned absences

Tuesday 17th March, 2015
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Here at PayStream, we have created a useful guide on planning for absence.

Protection against unplanned time off

Tuesday 17th March, 2015
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There are a number of things a contractor can consider to protect against this potential risk of unplanned time off...

Use social media to your advantage... - Infographic

Monday 16th March, 2015
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Social media has now become an ideal way for freelancers to source new contracts. Here are a few of PayStream's top tips when it comes to the wide world of social media...

Personal statement: do’s and don’ts

Friday 6th March, 2015
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Having a CV that packs a punch when it comes to impressing potential clients is essential, but if you're personal statement isn't up to scratch your CV won't make it further than the bin. Writing a personal statement can be a tricky task, that is why we have outlined some do's and don'ts to help you make the most of your CV.

7 Common interview mistakes

Friday 6th March, 2015
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As a limited or umbrella company contractor, making the switch from contract to contract may mean numerous job interviews. If you’ve successfully managed to land yourself an interview, well done! Here are our 7 deadly interview sins for you to avoid.

5 home office ideas to boost productivity - Infographic

Monday 23rd February, 2015
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It won't be long until flex schedules and working from home are the norm, rather than the exception. With this in mind, here are PayStream’s top tips to turn your office space into an environment that boots your productivity.

5 of the most in demand skills for IT Contractors in 2015

Thursday 19th February, 2015
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As companies grow increasingly dependent on technology, regardless of what industry they operate in, the demand for specialist umbrella and limited company IT contractors will continue to grow.

6 reasons to become a contractor - Infographic

Tuesday 17th February, 2015
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Our infographic highlights 6 reasons why becoming a contractor might be the best fit for you.

Top tips on seeking contract work

Thursday 12th February, 2015
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It is important for any contractor to plan ahead and be as proactive as possible when seeking new contracts in order to avoid unpaid gaps. As such, PayStream provides 5 top tips on how to find that next contract.

Guest Blog - Haven's Contractors Employee Benefit Scheme

Monday 8th December, 2014
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Posted by Mark Tarry, Director at HGSL
We are able to confirm a special 4 point package "Contractors Employee Benefit Scheme" that has been established for contractors wishing to replace the lost benefits and put themselves back on a par with their last employed position.

Guest Blog - Haven release their Contractor Mortgage Desk

Friday 5th December, 2014
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Posted by Posted by Mark Tarry, Director at HGSL
As the preferred supplier of financial services to PayStream, we at Haven are pleased to announce the opening of our mortgage desk.

Build up your online profile

Wednesday 12th November, 2014
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Whether it's actively seeking prospects or networking with industry professionals, your online presence is an important factor when working as an umbrella or limited company contractor.

How to prepare for a career in the engineering sector

Friday 7th November, 2014
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A guide to preparing to embark on a career in the UK's engineering industry.

Understanding your paperwork mountain: A guide for limited company contractors

Tuesday 4th November, 2014
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While setting up their own limited company is arguably the most tax-efficient way for contractors to work, it brings with it a significant amount of paperwork. One of the most challenging tasks for limited company contractors to handle can be setting themselves up for corporation tax and preparing their statutory documentation.

4 issues that cause concern for contractors

Thursday 30th October, 2014
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Here we have outlined the 4 most common contractor concerns along with our advice on how to tackle them.

How to work successfully when your office is your home

Wednesday 29th October, 2014
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How can a successful work-life balance be maintained when an individual is both working and spending their spare time in one single environment?

How to remain competitive in light of the skills shortage

Monday 27th October, 2014
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Here, we're going to look at what exactly this is and how umbrella and limited company contractors can ensure that they remain competitive in the jobs market in light of the skills shortage.

4 mistakes to avoid when it comes to your CV

Friday 10th October, 2014
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As an umbrella or limited company contractor, your CV will be used far more often than that of a permanent employee. Here, we explain the common mistakes and provide hints and tips on how to ensure you don't fall foul of them.

What is IR35 - Infographic

Wednesday 8th October, 2014
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Understanding whether or not you fall inside or outside IR35 can be tricky, even for the most diligent contractor! Our infographic highlights the factors used to determine whether an individual fall inside or outside IR35.

What are my rights if I'm an umbrella company contractor and get ill or injured?

Monday 22nd September, 2014
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Posted by Remy Van De Perre
If you work as a contractor, what are your rights if you become ill or get injured and are therefore unable to do your job properly, but still need to support yourself and your family? Here, we'll explain your sick pay rights as an umbrella company contractor...

3 top tips to make your LinkedIn profile stand out from the crowd

Thursday 17th July, 2014
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Do you want to get your LinkedIn profile noticed? There is no doubt that LinkedIn can be a very effective tool when it comes to sourcing new contracts, especially for Limited company and Umbrella company contractors. So why not look for ways to give your profile greater exposure.

8 common mistakes to avoid as a contractor - Infographic

Friday 19th September, 2014
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PayStream have identified some common mistakes that contractors make during their professional career and highlighted some solutions in a simple infographic...

6 top tips for seeking prospect contracts through LinkedIn

Friday 19th September, 2014
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If used properly, LinkedIn can become an essential tool to sell yourself, network effectively and gain new leads and contracts. Here are PayStream's 6 top tips on how to do this...

What happens in an IR35 review?

Tuesday 16th September, 2014
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IR35 legislation was introduced on 6th April 2000 and was brought in to tackle the issue of disguised employment. The aim of an IR35 enquiry is to assess a worker's employment status and ascertain whether or not they should be paying roughly the same tax and NI as an employee.

8 top tips for a first time contractors

Friday 12th September, 2014
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Making the switch from working on a permanent basis to contract work can be tough. So, with that in mind, we have provided 10 top tips for those who are new to the world of contracting…

4 top tips to determine your contract rate

Wednesday 3rd September, 2014
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As a limited or umbrella company contractor it can be tough at first to set the right rate. PayStream provides top tips on how to determine your contract rate.

Contractors, 5 home office ideas to boost productivity

Friday 29th August, 2014
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The world of work is evolving. The traditional 9-5 office employee could soon be a thing of the past. Here are PayStream’s top tips to turn your office space into an environment that boosts your productivity…

Graduates - Why should you choose to work as a contractor?

Wednesday 20th August, 2014
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A recent survey from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that "around 9% of recent graduates had not managed to secure work, while 47% had been forced to take low-skilled jobs". Given this, working on a contract basis can offer an alternative route for graduates...

6 reasons to become a contractor

Thursday 31st July, 2014
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If you are still undecided about whether to go permanent or contract, here are 6 reasons why becoming a contractor might be the best fit for you.

Expenses for Umbrella contractors

Tuesday 29th July, 2014
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Expenses can be a minefield, especially when you are new to contracting, so here is a brief guide on the rules. In order to qualify for tax relief on expenses, you must satisfy the following criteria...

5 Tips on contract negotiation that you can use today

Friday 18th July, 2014
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As a limited company or umbrella company contractor, being able to negotiate effectively on the contracts that you accept is an essential skill. In this article, PayStream provide you with our top 5 tips into the art of contract negotiation.

8 common mistakes to avoid as a contractor

Thursday 17th July, 2014
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There is no doubt that operating as an umbrella company contractor or limited company contractor can be highly beneficial, both with its added flexibility and potentially higher pay rates in comparison to that of a permanent employee. However, PayStream have identified some common mistakes that contractors make during their professional career...

How can social media be a valuable networking tool for contractors?

Thursday 10th July, 2014
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Social media is a prevalent part of modern life, with most of us checking our Facebook and Twitter accounts several times a day. But did you know that these sites could be useful to help with your career as a contractor too?

Guest Blog - HGSL explain relevant life policy

Wednesday 9th July, 2014
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Posted by Mark Terry, Director at HGSL
HGSL explain relevant life policy. A Relevant Life Plan is a term assurance plan that is taken out through your very own limited company to provide an individual death in service benefit for an employee.It is designed to...

Top tips to help you succeed as a contractor

Tuesday 24th June, 2014
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Making the switch from working on a permanent basis to contract work can be tough. So, with that in mind, we have provided a survival guide to contracting containing hints and tips on how to succeed in the world of contracting.

17 top tips for LinkedIn

Friday 13th June, 2014
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These top tips will keep your personal LinkedIn profile up to date and increase your odds of finding that next contract.

Do you create engaging content on LinkedIn?

Friday 6th June, 2014
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Do you want to make the most out of LinkedIn? Having an up to date profile isn’t the only way to maximise your exposure via the social media channel...

15 things to avoid when it comes to LinkedIn

Thursday 29th May, 2014
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When it comes to social media, there is no doubt that LinkedIn is an extremely useful tool for contractors. It not only allows limited company and umbrella company contractors to showcase their skill set in order to attract future vacancies, but it helps contractors to build up valuable industry contacts.

3 top tips to make your LinkedIn profile stand out from the crowd

Tuesday 29th April, 2014
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Do you want to get your LinkedIn profile noticed? There is no doubt that LinkedIn can be a very effective tool when it comes to sourcing new contracts, especially for Limited company and Umbrella company contractors. So why not look for ways to give your profile greater exposure.

Top tips for the perfect email subject line

Tuesday 22nd April, 2014
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Like many professionals, writing emails is part of a daily routine. However the majority of individuals don’t put much thought into how an email subject line should be structured. Here are some useful how to top tips...

Improve your online networking via LinkedIn

Thursday 17th April, 2014
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LinkedIn not only provides a platform for you as contractors to showcase your skill set, but it provides the ability to network and build relationships with other industry professionals. However, this is easier said than done. It can be tough to spark a conversation out of thin air, so why not use LinkedIn groups to your advantage.

Are you up to date with LinkedIn changes?

Monday 31st March, 2014
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Effective from March 26th 2014 LinkedIn has made changes to their user agreement, are you up to date with all these changes?

How to use the LinkedIn publishing platform to your advantage

Thursday 27th March, 2014
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LinkedIn offers you more than the ability to showcase your CV. It gives you the opportunity to network with industry professionals and build an image for yourself through the use of content.

How to build up your LinkedIn endorsements

Tuesday 11th March, 2014
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As a contractor, your LinkedIn not only acts as your virtual CV but can be the vital link between you and your next contract. PayStream provides you with 3 simple methods to improving your LinkedIn endorsement...

How to expand your Twitter reach

Friday 7th March, 2014
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Twitter is a valuable channel to remain up to date with real time news and discussions and this article will share with you some best practices when using this social media platform as a contractor...

Which social media channel is right for you?

Wednesday 5th March, 2014
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It's easy to get bogged down with the various social media channels available, however what you shouldn't forget is that each one is different and should be used for different purposes. So how do you decide which one is best to network with potential employers?

5 essential apps for contractors

Friday 28th February, 2014
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Here at PayStream,we have taken a look at what apps are on the market and which ones we feel are the most useful. Here are PayStream's top 5 mobile apps for contractors.

Quickly boost your visibility on LinkedIn

Thursday 27th February, 2014
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Remember, LinkedIn is a virtual profile of your CV, it gives you the ideal opportunity to showcase your skills and build up a valuable network, which in turn can be a key tool in sourcing new contracts. Here are a few simple tips to boost your profiles visibility.

Freelancer? Use social media to your advantage...

Thursday 13th February, 2014
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Social media has now become an ideal way for freelancers to source new contracts. Here are a few of PayStream’s top tips when it comes to the wide world of social media…

Set yourself apart from competition

Wednesday 12th February, 2014
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There is no doubt that your professional skills speak volumes towards your credibility as a candidate but your interpersonal skills can be the way to sway your potential employer into hiring you over the other candidates.

How to build your CV to create a high impact

Friday 31st January, 2014
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First impressions count, so make sure your CV is making the impression you deserve. Alongside your LinkedIn profile, your CV acts as a hard copy for you to sell yourself to your potential employer. Therefore, it is key to understand what key qualities are going to get your CV through the CV sift stages and into that final top ten pile.

15 minute method to bring your LinkedIn profile to life!

Tuesday 21st January, 2014
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LinkedIn has become a key tool to not only source a job and promote yourself to recruiters but it has become a key way to network with potential clients and build up a powerful image of yourself.

6 ways to enhance your LinkedIn profile…

Thursday 9th January, 2014
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88% of recruiters now use LinkedIn. Recruiters want to see a profile that contains key attributes that highlight to them that you’re worth their effort. Here's how...

Is social media putting your job at risk?

Tuesday 17th December, 2013
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The up rise in social technology, has transformed the way recruiters source potential candidates. Gone are the days of traditional print when it comes to advertising jobs. A new report from oilandgaspeople.com highlighted that a whopping 63% of employers perceive social media to be a most effective channel when sourcing potential candidates.

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Start the New Year as you mean to go on

Monday 11th January, 2016
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Posted by Kerry Hull
This time of year is a great time to ensure that you have everything in order to make sure you start off the New Year with your best foot forward.

Key points to bear in mind before accepting a new contract

Thursday 14th January, 2016
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Posted by Michelle Derungs
Choosing to work under an umbrella company or as a limited company contractor means that you will be responsible for seeking and securing your next contract. However, it's important to consider if your new contract is the right choice for you. Therefore, we've outlined a few factors to bear in mind.

How effectively do you manage your time as a limited company contractor?

Friday 6th November, 2015
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Posted by Kerry Hull
We outline how limited company contractors can manage their time effectively.