• 5 reasons why mutual is the future

    With all the changes introduced in April 2016 (and those pending in 2017 for limited company contractors) life for many is starting to look very bleak. With the ability to claim expenses curtailed earlier this year and tighter control measures in 2017 for those with a limited company, the contracting world is going through some […]

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    Posted in Contracting, Knowledge, Limited On December 6, 2016

  • Uber and BBC ruling – what does it all mean

    Earlier this month, the online taxi service Uber was directed to recognise their drivers as employees rather than contractors, after the Central London Employment Tribunal’s decision went against the firm. It started with two drivers (supported by the GMB Union) who argued that they not self-employed but were company employees and therefore, entitled to a […]

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    Posted in Contracting, Knowledge On November 21, 2016

  • 90% pay rate…too good to be true?

    For a lot of contractors, the number one priority is being able to keep as much of their pay rate as possible. Who wouldn’t? All the work you do, of course you want to keep as much of that hard earned cash in your pocket. Unfortunately, quite a few contractors fall into the trap of […]

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    Posted in Contracting, Knowledge, Umbrella On October 26, 2016

  • Why be a contractor?

    Why be a contractor? Contracting – both a fantasy of thousands of workers across Britain who feel chained to their desks and a scary but super fulfilling way to grab your career by the horns and work under nobody else’s ruling but your own. Freelancing platform PeoplePerHour are forecasting that by 2020 over half of […]

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    Posted in Contracting, Knowledge On September 16, 2016

  • Co-operatives made easy!

    At Appytech, we don’t believe in over-complicating stuff. We like to sit back, have a cuppa, and simplify the big, confusing topics puzzling people in the world of business. There’s a word that’s been flying around, accumulating popularity, recently. That word is co-operative. Co-operative businesses are booming, and so far, they have contributed £34 billion […]

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    Posted in Knowledge On September 16, 2016

  • Tis’ the season of…worrying about your self-assessment

    Blazing sun, drinks in the garden and not being able to get to sleep due to muggy, humid night-time heat that keeps most people awake. This year’s summer hasn’t been so bad, but we’re fast approaching the cold, rain-soaked and windy days of the end of the year (in the famous words of a popular […]

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    Posted in Finance, Knowledge, Limited On September 14, 2016

  • Calling all supply teachers

    You’ve dusted the cobwebs off your lesson plans and you’re raring to go for another term of teaching after a blissful six week’s summer break. Everything’s going great until you receive your first payslip and wonder – am I actually getting the best take home pay rate from my umbrella company? If you haven’t yet […]

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    Posted in Contracting, Knowledge On September 14, 2016

  • Essential tips for contractors getting a mortgage

    It is becoming increasingly difficult to get a mortgage as the economy goes up and down, and unsurprisingly, many of you contractors will be wondering how this might affect your chances of securing a mortgage in the future, or indeed what steps you need to take to start the process. We’ve put together some handy […]

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    Posted in Finance, Knowledge On September 6, 2016

  • Expenses explained – what goes out doesn’t always come back in

    The confusion that surrounds expenses continues to be a question many contractors (and agencies) still don’t know the answer to. So we’re here to clear the air & clarify what steps you need to take and how you can get a better steer on what you can and can’t claim as expenses.

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    Posted in Contracting, Finance, Knowledge, Umbrella On August 31, 2016

  • Fact or Fiction? Take the contractors quiz

    Dare to test your knowledge? Some of the answers may just surprise you…

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    Posted in Knowledge, Umbrella On August 31, 2016