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[caption id="attachment_17401" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Freelance and remote working is on the rise[/caption] The number of people working freelance in the UK is growing rapidly. According to a report by the IPSE (The Association for Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed), the number of freelancers in the UK rose by 43% between 2008 and 2016. There are now at least 2 million freelance workers, representing 42% of the 4.8m self-employed population, 6% of the UK workforce and contributing £119 billion to the UK economy. While all major industry groups are represented in the figures, the largest freelance occupational groups are: Artistic, literary and media occupations Managers and proprietors in other services Teaching and education professions IT and telecommunications professions   An estimated 429,000 (21%) UK freelancers reside in London, a rise of 59% since 2008. The significant role of freelancers in the capital is not surprising given that London’s economy is largely based on service industries, which include many occupations...

People consider self-employment for a variety of reasons. For some it may be the lure of freedom, the potential to earn more money or a way to do more of what they love. Others might consider self-employment in the face of redundancy or due a lack of employment opportunities. If you are considering self-employment as an alternative to traditional employment, there are a number of questions to ask yourself: • Am I suited to self-employment? • Do I have a viable business idea? • Do I have the necessary skills? • Do I have the finances to get the business going? • Do I understand what’s involved? • Do I have a business plan? Although you don’t need to have all of the following skills and attributes to be successful in self-employment, your chances of success are likely to be greater if you: • Have a vision • Are passionate about your...