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Tom West

Tom West

Tom West joined Crunch in 2015 following a successful political communications campaign at the Brighton and Hove Green Party. He excels at converting complex jargon into simple, easily-digestible explanations. As Community and Social Manager, he oversees the Crunch Chorus Community - the largest self-employed network in the UK.

A keen creative - Tom has performed in over 20 countries with his punk rock band, and also moonlights as a writer and backstage producer at live entertainment company, RIPTIDE Wrestling. He lives in Sussex with his partner (a self-employed florist) and their Romanian rescue dog.

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Father and son at a bakery - small business recommendations | Crunch
News and opinion

‍We asked our amazing self-employed community to tip us off on their friends and families businesses, or simply ones that they thought deserved special recognition.

Crunch Coins - What, why, how?
News and opinion

What are Crunch Coins, and how do they work? We explain in this simple article.

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament | Crunch Chorus
News and opinion

‍We’re obsessed with doing what we can to ensure everyone is able to love what they do, and want to make sure that people with an entrepreneurial spark don’t have to jump through all sorts of legislative hoops to become their own boss. 

Someone finding it difficult to get out of bed due to poor mental health | Crunch
News and opinion

Our friends at Leapers run an annual study into the relationship between mental health and self-employment, and we at Crunch would love for you to be a part of this.

A lorry driver | Blame IR35 | Crunch
News and opinion

A survey has revealed that tax changes have had almost as much effect on driver availability as Brexit, and more than COVID-19.

A young person using an online learning course and taking notes
Running a business

Make your transition to a freelance role as seamless as possible with Crunch Chorus’ Guide to Freelancing!

The Rock vs John Cena - Business Lessons from Dwayne Johnson | Crunch
Running a business

Wrestling champion. Box Office sensation. President? How your business can harness the magnetism of Dwayne Johnson.

Some members of the Crunch team | Crunch
News and opinion

Crunch nominated for gongs including Accounting Tech of the Year and Best Customer Service at the UK FinTech Awards / Brighton & Hove Business Awards.

People at a Crunch meetup
News and opinion

Starting or running a business, and need tips? Want to network with fellow self-employed workers? Find out what events are coming up.

How to come up with a great company name, image of someone thinking | Crunch
Becoming self-employed

To make naming your business or company just a little easier, here are some simple, quick methods for coming up with a company name.

Work For Free? Sod That, Say These Freelancers (image of a freelancer working).
Get paid

We’ve all done it, yet most freelancers will have regretted it at some stage. Here's a few who have had enough of being asked to work for free.

Toblerone
Running a business

Here are six important lessons from Alan Partridge for small businesses - some funny, some tragic. Oooh, it's a good list...

A florist turning their hobby into a career
Becoming self-employed

"If there's always biscuits in the tin, where’s the fun in biscuits?" Find out if the decision to turn your hobby into a career is the right one for you.

Personal and business tax changes for new tax year, image of paper money | Crunch
Tax

A round up of the tax changes that may affect small businesses and business owners for the new tax year that starts on 6th April 2021.

Woman reading letter while she drinks coffee
Tax

Failure to file a Confirmation Statement is a criminal offence, which can result in directors being fined personally in criminal courts. Here's what to do.

How the founder of Freelancer Club built an award-winning startup using only freelancers
News and opinion

Matt Dowling founded the Freelancer Club in 2014 after his own experiences as a freelance photographer highlighted a need for a change.

Becoming self-employed

Going freelance has not only given copywriter Melissa Holloway priceless time with her a family, but also opened doors to a variety of work that she always craved.

How to become a freelance photographer - Crunch - image a of a photographer at a wedding
Becoming self-employed

This bumper article gives practical tips and advice on how to develop from a freelance newbie into a freelance veteran.

Small Business Taxes - Crunch - image of business workers
Tax

A quick explanation of each of the small business taxes you’re expected to pay as a freelancer, contractor, or small business owner.

Has your contractor insurance really got you covered?, image of someone on a laptop | Crunch
Running a business

This handy checklist will help you understand what to look out for when arranging insurance cover as a contractor.

Small Business Survival Checklist, image of a struggling businessperson in a cashflow emergency | Crunch
Running a business

A handy, jargon-free checklist to prepare you for when times take a turn for the worse.

Hannah Searle's story
Becoming self-employed

Having a clear plan and building a funnel of potential clients are key to Hannah Searle's approach to making her Interior Designer business a success.

Closing your limited company, what are your options - Crunch - Image of a closed sign
Limited company

Whether you've decided to retire, become an employee, or go back to sole trader, you need to know the tax-efficient ways to close your limited company.

Brexit: What The Self-Employed Need To Know And Do, image of British and EU flags | Crunch
Running a business

The UK formally left the European Union on 31st of December 2020. Here's what that means for you as a freelancer, contractor, or small business owner.

Finding work as a consultant - Crunch, image of people working
Running a business

How do you find work to get the ball rolling as a consultant, and continue to get the kind of clients that will keep inviting you back?

How to become a consultant, image of a woman at a laptop | Crunch
Becoming self-employed

As a freelance consultant, you’re now the master of your trade, as well as the master of your own destiny. Here's what you need to know to get started!

What are unsecured and secured business loans
Running a business

We take a closer look at the differences between unsecured and secured business loans, to help you decide which may be better suited to your business.

Becoming self-employed

Toby Osbourn went self-employed in order to take control of his own financial security. Backed by a strong support network, the gamble has paid off Toby and his business Tosbourn Ltd.

Personal Service Company - Woman using laptop - Crunch
Tax

Usually refers to a limited company, set up to provide the services of a contractor. Find out how you can set one up, and why you might want to.

Crunch client stories: Web Consultant Jonathan Cottrell
Becoming self-employed

Leaving a comfortable full-time job to go it alone was the "hardest thing" for Jonathan Cottrell, but four years down the line he has no regrets and is excited for what the future holds.

Nick Lewis - Crunch client
Becoming self-employed

From being made redundant in 2002 to playing a part in the launch of “Boris Bikes”, Nick Lewis gives his insight into becoming a self-employed Web Consultant.

John Boyle - Crunch client
Becoming self-employed

Product Design Consultant and Crunch client John Boyle tells of his self-employed journey so far.

Photo of Jonas V. Schürmann - Crunch client
Becoming self-employed

From parting ways with Google to being the maker of his own destiny, Jonas V. Schürmann shares his experience of going it alone in the video games industry.

Tadas Tamosauskas - Crunch client stories - image of Tadas
Becoming self-employed

Ditching office politics, spending more time surfing and improved mental health have contributed to Software Development Consultant Tadas Tamosauskas' route to self-employment.

Woman working from home
News and opinion

Half of the self-employed wanted to obtain a better work-life balance but research suggests many are working an additional 14 hours every week.

Work stress - how to deal with it when self-employed, image of a pug on the table | Crunch
Productivity

Sometimes it seems the to-do list is never ending. And a never-ending to-do list often leads to stress. Here's what you can do to help yourself cope with stress as a freelancer, contractor, or small business owner.

Getting help with gtowing your business - Crunch - image of people collaborating
Running a business

How do you know when you might be needing more assistance and advice? We take a look at the ways in which you can find out if you need more help.

Ronan
Becoming self-employed

We take a look at how London-based IT Contractor Ronan Moriarty has used our services to keep on top of his bookkeeping and what the future holds for him.

Clare Devlin
Becoming self-employed

We spoke to interior designer and Crunch client Clare Devlin about how freelancing has given her far greater opportunities than her previous employment.

Get paid

Case study: When a design agency was suffering with unpaid invoices it decided to enlist the help of Crunch Collections. Read the full story.

Get paid

When Matilde, owner of a social media consultancy business for SMEs, was faced with a client who wouldn’t pay up, she contacted Crunch Collections for help.

Get paid

A businesses would typically provide a customer with a credit note when the amount on an invoice is disputed or incorrect. This might be due to an admin error, or because the customer requires a full or partial refund. Here are a couple of scenarios of when you might want to issue a credit note to a client.

Free Tools & Resources To Help The Self-Employed, image of a calm freelancer | Crunch
Productivity

When you join Crunch Chorus you’ll get access to free business guides, self-employed meetups, an invoice generator, late payment letter templates and more.

Self-employed support Facebook group launched by Crunch Chorus, | Crunch
Productivity

Join the Crunch Chorus Facebook group today to share advice, experience, and make new connections. For friendly freelancers, contractors, & the self-employed.

 Claim tax relief on your mobile phone or landline expenses | Crunch
Expenses

To claim tax relief on your mobile phone or landline expenses, a contract needs to be set up between your limited company and the service provider.

Tax-Free Childcare for the self-employed, image of kids at school | Crunch
Tax

What is the Tax-Free Childcare scheme? How does it work, and how do you apply for it? Read on for everything you need to know about the new scheme.

How long does trademarking a company last? (Image of designers working).
Running a business

How long does trademarking a company last? How much does it cost? What's the difference between trademarking a company & registering one? All this and more.

What is bookkeeping and why does it matter - Crunch - picture of man doing some bookkeeping
Get paid

Bookkeeping is the art of recording your financial information so that you can keep track of your incomings and outgoings. It can be a delicate process, but once you've mastered it, you'll have full control of your finances.

How To Generate Leads For Your Small Business | Crunch - Image of post it notes
Running a business

Even self-employed veterans can struggle to generate small business leads. Here's a checklist of how small business can get in front of the right people.

Want to break free(lance)?, image of a Queen tribute act | Crunch
Becoming self-employed

Want to break free...lance? Learn about escaping your boring job, breaking free and going freelance with lessons from five Queen bangers.

Crunch - how to set up a limited company - image of people at work in a team | Crunch
Limited company

We show you how to set up a limited company so you get to define your brand, own everything you do, and run your business in the most tax-efficient way.

Image of Ben Schaefer
Tax

“One day I’ll be assisting at a photoshoot at a restaurant, the next I’ll be editing 100-page reports for a global charity. It’s a real mixed bag.” - Suzanne Lindfors
Becoming self-employed

Freelance copywriter, Suzanne Lindfors, shares her thoughts on juggling freelance work with the demands of parenthood and more.

Changing from sole trader to limited company, image of people sticking notes on a cork board | Crunch
Limited company

Changing from a sole trader to a limited company? Here’s a simple explanation of when to make the transition and what you’ll need to keep in mind, without all the jargon.

Woman hiring a room
Tax

If you’re planning to rent out a room in your home, you’ll need to know how the tax system works, and how it affects you. Here's a jargon-free lowdown.

Opening a business bank account, image of woman on phone and laptop | Crunch
Running a business

It’s essential to make sure that you keep your personal and business banking separate, so you’ll usually need a dedicated business bank account.

Personal finance

Professional Indemnity insurance should be considered by any self-employed worker who is providing design, advice or specifications.

Crunch
Expenses

Whether you have an accountant or are taking on the books yourself, it's important to be organised, especially if you're planning on making expense claims.

Crunch - Interest on late payments - image of a paid invoice
Get paid

Want to know what interest you can charge on late payments when working as a freelancer, contractor, or small business owner? This article explains what the rules are, and a few ways to get your money from difficult clients. Get paid what you’re owed!

What are the tax implications of paying into a personal pension? (Image of bricklayer building a wall)
Personal finance

Whatever your business situation, there are significant tax reliefs for pension contributions available. So you can pay less tax and save for your future!

Scottish Income Tax Rates, image of Scottish money | Crunch
Tax

We explain the tax rates that apply for the 2020/21 tax year, affecting income taxpayers resident in Scotland and how to see if you're affected.

National Living wage and National Minimum Wage - Crunch - image of british coins
Running a business

The Conservatives' 'National Living Wage' is not the same as the one proposed by the Living Wage Foundation. We look at the differences.

Man using a calculator.
Limited company

Don’t worry, it’s not as confusing as it seems. Here's what you need to know about share value and capital when setting up a limited company.

Running your UK limited company or sole trader business when you’re not resident in the UK
Running a business

If you live outside of the UK but run a UK-based limited company, there are certain rules you’ll need to be aware of to effectively run your business.

What is VAT MOSS and does it affect me?
Tax

The VAT Mini One Stop Shop (VAT MOSS) scheme is a way of paying VAT if your UK business provides certain digital services to customers in the EU.

Crunch
Running a business

SWOT is a very common process used for planning - it's not perfect though. What other methods can you use?

Get paid

Picking the best card reader can be a time-consuming task. Here’s a look at what all the major providers offer.

Becoming self-employed - 13 things to consider before going freelance,image of photography work space | Crunch
Becoming self-employed

Thinking about leaving your job and becoming self-employed? Ask yourself these questions first to help you decide if this is the right career move for you.

An ill self-employed worker
Personal finance

We take a look at Income Protection Insurance and how it can be beneficial for the self-employed in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

Productivity

Just because you’re a lone-worker, doesn’t mean you have to be a lonely worker. In this article, we take a look at some ways you can combat loneliness.

Friends raising a glass over dinner
Tax

Receiving a gift from your employer is a great feeling, but in the workplace the employer needs to be aware of whether or not they need to pay tax on the present. Here are some helpful examples for small businesses.

The risks and dangers of freelance marketplaces - Crunch - Image of a person typing on a laptop.
Running a business

Having been involved in an identity theft scam on Elance , I've since learnt a few things about the risks of using these freelance marketplaces.

Woman working on a laptop behind her table
Tax

Since June 2016, UK companies have been required to maintain a PSC register of decision-makers. We explain what you need to do to stay compliant.

A fire engine
Running a business

The chances are slim, but accidents happen. Make sure you're prepared with our free business continuity plan template.

Crunch - Free press release template
Running a business

Discover how a press release is set out, and what information the recipient is expecting to get out of it. Copy and edit our free press release template!

A specialist painter
Becoming self-employed

As a freelancer, is it best to gear yourself towards being a generalist, or sell your services as a specialist? We put our tuppence in.

Jammy dodger
Tax

Welcome to the tax rogues Hall of Shame! featuring Alan Partridge, Vince Cable, Kerry Katona, Bernard Black and Wesley Snipes.

Three business people
Becoming self-employed

Strategic business partnerships give small businesses and startups the opportunity to grow their company. We explore multiple partners and the benefits.

Gloassary of business terms - Crunch - image of books in a library
Running a business

Business jargon can often be complicated, especially if you're just getting started. Here's a simple glossary of business / accounting terms.

Crunch
Running a business

Landlord's permission is necessary when you're running a business from a rental property, but they can’t say no without a ‘reasonable’ justification.

Can musicians make a living off Spotify?, image of a guitar | Crunch
Becoming self-employed

A comprehensive guide on how subscription-based streaming services like Spotify pay artists, and the other alternatives available.

News and opinion

Metallica and Napster have learned to co-exist. But did file-sharing create a race to the bottom for musicians, or liberate them from greedy middle-men?

News and opinion

Scared of asking for money? Just remember some guy gained £42k for a potato salad. And that's not the weirdest thing on this list of crowdfunding successes.

Running a business

Chosen a business partner (or partners)? It’s time to decide which type of business partnership you’ll be entering into. Here's what you need to know.

Man working out tax on a calculator
Running a business

Need help getting your business finances in shape? Webinar and Q&A with top tips and simple steps to get your business in good financial health.

Woman working by the beach
Productivity

With freelancing comes great freedom including the ability to work while you are travelling. We take a closer look at so-called digital nomads.

Ultimate productivity tips for the self-employed, image of a calendar | Crunch
Productivity

A compilation of productivity tips that we’ve gathered over the years - for everyone from beginner freelancers to seasoned small business professionals.

What is Entrepreneurs’ Relief when selling shares in your business?, image of a woman using a calculator to work out tax | Crunch
Tax

Thinking about selling your limited business? You'll need to know about entrepreneurs' relief.

Hiring employees - a small business checklist
Running a business

Hiring employees can increase your productivity and help you offer more services to your clients. Here's how to decide what to do.

Becoming self-employed

If you’ve got a feasible business plan, you might be entitled to a weekly allowance worth up to £1,274 over 26 weeks.

UX worker pointing at a screen
Get paid

A new survey which reveals how much UX freelancers can expect to get paid in the industry.

How can I improve my cash flow, and what should I do in a cash flow emergency?, image of someone using a payment card | Crunch
Get paid

Understanding and managing your cash flow is a vital part of running a successful business. Here are some helpful tips, plus a handy Cash Flow Forecaster.

A freelancer at a job interview
Becoming self-employed

If you’ve landed a job interview, congratulations! Now here are some things you should and shouldn't do while interviewing for a job.

Get paid

Our four top tips explore how contractors can get rate rises without jeopardising professional relationships with their clients.

Becoming self-employed

Changes to the benefits system with the introduction of universal credit will mean that the UK’s self-employed workers could lose out on top-up payments in their leaner months. We take a look at the facts and what it could mean for freelancers and contractors.

Cracking the recruiter's code: what they say, and what they actually mean, image of recruiter talking to client | Crunch
Contracts

Recruiters aren't exactly renowned for their transparency. Decipher the jargon with this guide.

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