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

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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.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme - guide for the self-employed | Crunch

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We've put together this guide to help you make a claim on the government's Self-Employment Income Support Scheme aimed at sole traders and partnerships.

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There have been a number of important changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJSR Furlough). Our guide explains what's changing and how to claim.

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

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Work out your take-home pay, chase that unpaid invoice and calculate your IR35. Make running your business a breeze!

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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.

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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.

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

Crunch's guide to the new government Job Support Scheme | Crunch - Image of a waiter sanitising a table
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The government have announced the Job Support Scheme to protect viable jobs in businesses who face lower demand over the winter months due to COVID-19.

Grants, loans and freebies: financial help for your business
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A handy side-effect of the entrepreneurial zeal sweeping the country is that there are now many schemes in place specifically to help small businesses.

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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!

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

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You've pitched, landed the job, delivered your work...and now it's time to get your money. But how do you do that? Here's how.

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Breaking down four of the main late payment excuses you will hear when running your own business, and what you can say and do to overcome them.

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What are zombie companies and are they necessarily bad for business and the economy? We take a close look at them and what to do if you become one.

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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
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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.

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

How do you chase an unpaid invoice?
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Late payments can cost you business. Here's a few ways to chase an unpaid invoice without chasing your client away.

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What is the best way to account for money you have raised through Crowdfunding? We look at the best ways to account for this type of investment.

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How much should I charge is one of the first questions freelancers ask themselves. We explain how to calculate your day rate.

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There are several clauses you need to include in contract negotiations, including a kill fee. We take a look at what they are and what you need to know.

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If possible, you should always asked to be paid in your native currency, as an appropriate rate elsewhere can be a very low rate in the UK.

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Do you want to compete for a job, or do you prefer to bow out and leave the gig to your competitors? What do you do?

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Spending hours feeling angry or annoyed or stressed is damaging to your health. Wouldn’t your time be better spent working with a supportive client?

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October 16, 2021

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