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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.

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Becoming self-employed

Finding work as a freelancer can be tricky. But there's good work on offer if you know where to look - here are a few of our favourite freelance job sites.

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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.

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Becoming self-employed

Ready for pastures new? Before you tell the boss exactly where to go, read our top tips on how to quit your job the right way.

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Check out our accounting packages for sole traders and limited companies, along with our amazing free bookkeeping software.

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Becoming self-employed

Leaving a steady job to become an IT contractor or IT consultant can be hard, but there are steps you can take to make the transition easier.

Becoming self-employed

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

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.

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Becoming self-employed

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

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Becoming self-employed

It's important to stress-test your small business idea for fatal flaws before you become self-employed. Here at 10 ways to stress-test your idea.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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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.

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Becoming self-employed

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

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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.

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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.

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Becoming self-employed

As a sole trader, you’re not directly employed and you don't receive a salary or wage in the traditional sense. So, how do you pay yourself?

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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.

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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.

Becoming self-employed

Looking to make your passion your business? Hear out these 10 self-employment tips from small business owners and get the ball rolling!

What is a freelancer and how do you become one?
Becoming self-employed

With more people than ever becoming self-employed, we look at freelancers: who are they, what do they do, and what skills should they have?

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Becoming self-employed

In no particular order, here are 15 personality traits that, when properly harnessed, can lead you to business success!

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Becoming self-employed

A sole trader is someone who runs their own business as an individual, and is self-employed. Find out more about how it works in this jargon-free article!

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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.

How to find your gap in the market
Becoming self-employed

Looking to find your gap in the self-employed market? Here's how do you identify your niche among the self-employed community and stress-test your idea.

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Becoming self-employed

Planning on registering yourself as self-employed? Here are the boxes you need to tick to make sure you stay in HMRC’s good books.

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Becoming self-employed

If you are running a limited company without a shareholder's agreement, you'll want to read on about this important legal documentation and why you need it.

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Becoming self-employed

If you're looking to start a business here are all the I’s you'll have to dot, and all the T’s you'll have to cross to give you the best chance of success.|If you're looking to start a business here are all the I’s you'll have to dot, and all the T’s you'll have to cross to give you the best chance of success.

Becoming self-employed

Are you interested in a spot of moonlighting alongside your regular job? Our guide gives you the lowdown on how you can go about this and the pros and cons.

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Becoming self-employed

When you set up a limited company, you’ll need to provide your registered office, your business address, and your service address.

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Becoming self-employed

They say that if you’re waiting for the perfect time, you’ll be waiting forever, and that couldn’t be more true when it comes to starting your own business.

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.

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Becoming self-employed

If you’re an undergraduate and looking at the job market with dread, start taking small steps now to earning an income. Here's how.

Meet the people who started a business during the COVID-19 pandemic | Crunch - image of 3 ladies
Becoming self-employed

We asked the members of our self-employed community, Crunch Chorus, to share their experiences of starting a business during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Becoming self-employed

There are advantages and disadvantages to each approach, particularly when it comes to tax issues. Here's what you need to know!

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Becoming self-employed

What can you do if you're made redundant, especially in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic? Don't panic - it could be a great opportunity, here are some options.

How to find the right business partner
Becoming self-employed

You think you may have found the one - but how do you know whether your new prospective business partner is someone to commit to?

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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.

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Becoming self-employed

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

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Becoming self-employed

What's the difference between working as a freelancer or working as an agency worker? And what is best for your small business? We take a look.

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Becoming self-employed

Freelancers need all the legal advice they can get. Here are six things you need to know (but might be afraid to ask your lawyer).

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.

Becoming self-employed

What's the difference between a Consultant or Contractor? It can make a huge impact to your prestige, and pay! Here's an explanation of the differences.

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.

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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.

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.

Becoming self-employed

The decision to jump from a permanent ship to a freelance raft isn’t one best taken in haste. Here's what you should ponder before taking the plunge.

How to get the best CV or portfolio, image of someone working at a desk | Crunch
Becoming self-employed

Talk positively about the great things you've done, and win clients over. Our jargon-free advice on creating a great freelancer portfolio or contractor CV.

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Becoming self-employed

The mission at Explaain is to make it 10 times easier to read the news. Here's how Jeremy Evans built the company from the ground up & his top tips for you.

Becoming self-employed

Continuing our Crunch Chorus Stories series, Melissa McClements shares her experiences of running her own freelance writing business.

Becoming self-employed

Continuing our Chorus Stories series, Shoreham Pottery owner Alice Maplesden shares her experiences of running her own business.

Becoming self-employed

Web consultant and front end developer Jim Callender of CallenderCreates shares his experiences of being self-employed.

Becoming self-employed

Freelance writer, digital editor and social media manager Lauren Bravo shares her experiences of being self-employed with us.

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Becoming self-employed

Vicki Jakes – a freelance digital project and marketing consultant – opens up about going self-employed, the challenges she's faced and her future goals.

Becoming self-employed

If you're an aspiring freelance sound engineer, these tips from Phil Hutchins will help you work out where to start and whether the time is right.

Who am I? Freelancer, contractor, consultant or small business? - Crunch - picture of man drinking coffee
Becoming self-employed

If you are self-employed, you might think you have a clear answer to this questions. However, it's not as simple as that. We take a look.

Becoming self-employed

Transformational energy coach and animal communicator, Ruth Bradshaw, discusses working from a log cabin, appearing on This Morning, and leaving egotistical managers behind.

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