Everyone who starts working for themselves will tell you how great it is. And for…
Pretty much all I want is for everyone in the world to be as happy as I was on this sunny London day, having my picture taken, pretending to like cappuccinos because that’s what women in stock images do.
If you’ve dreamed of getting out of your nine-to-five, self-employment can seem like the perfect solution. Not only does it give you the freedom to work when and how you want, but it also means you only have yourself to answer to, which is why I love it so much.
Space is a premium in my little house, and as such it has not been easy to create my dream office.
For one I don’t actually have an entire room to dedicate to the area – just a corner spot – so I’ve really had to maximise the bones of what’s available.
By the time I mustered up the courage to address the scary monster lurking in the corner of my mind and inbox – my first year’s tax return – I was in trouble to the tune of about £800. Why are self-assessment tax returns so darned terrifying?
One of the questions I’ve been asked most often recently is “how do you get a book deal?”. Because whoever we are, whatever we’re doing, there’s something so delicious about the prospect of writing a book.
Being self-employed can be a tricky game. I never underestimate the fact that I have the freedom to be around for the kids – one of the reasons I always wanted to work this way – but it can be such a lonely business.
In life I always think people fall into one of three camps: you’re either great at words, great at numbers or incredibly creative. And, as someone who has just written a book and struggles to draw a stick figure, you can probably guess which team I fall into. So here’s how I manage my accounting (while still adding up on my fingers)