Freelance Social Work: Is it right for you?

30 - 01 - 2013

Like many social workers, Iain Dickinson was forced to consider going independent due to the difficult financial climate, but in a recent Guardian article, he says he’s never looked back.



There are many advantages to working as an independent social work contractor. Among them are:
• the ability to manage your own time
• the freedom to choose what type of work you accept
• the opportunity to gain experience in an array of sectors and organisations within social care
• the opportunity to use different working methods and models
• the chance to enhance your personal development by working with a variety of people
• the flexibility to free up time to explore your own professional interests
• the prestige that can come along with having your own business
• the potential to earn more than you would in a permanent position
However, as Mr Dickinson discusses, going independent is not without its challenges. Indeed, you may have a list of reasons preventing you from taking the leap to ‘go it alone’.

• You may think you’re financially better off in a permanent position 
• You may be daunted by the prospect of setting up your own business
• You may be worried about managing your day-to-day finances
• You may be concerned about not being able to win new contracts
While setting up as an independent contractor can seem daunting, you will be glad to know that there is plenty of help at hand. At Foremans, we are expert in providing a full range of tax planning, book keeping, accountancy and business planning advice to the self-employed. We offer free initial advice on the different working options available to you and will be glad to help you set up your own business. We take care of your company’s administration including your weekly invoicing and payroll, allowing you to focus on finding the right contracts for you and pursuing your professional passions. We can help also you to maximise your tax-home pay while complying with HMRC’s rules and regulations.
If you would like to reap the rewards of independent contracting without the hassle, why not give us a call on 01244 625 500 or click here to contact us online to find out more about how we can help you.







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