Working as a freelancer has many advantages, including, being able to choose your own working hours, being your own boss and wearing comfortable clothes to your home office. However, there are some downsides too, one of which is dealing with your own tax under self-assessment. The good news is though that there is lots of help available to keep you on track. Here are 5 tax tips if you are new to freelancing.

The Budget 2017 was the first announcement delivered by the Chancellor, Phillip Hammond. On the whole there were no real surprises, as expected. A few things though will affect contractors, freelancers and small business owners, both self-employed and operating through a limited company. Here we summarise.

The 2017 Spring Budget is set for Wednesday 8 March. This will in fact be the last Budget announcement to take place in the Spring, as from now on Budgets will feature in the Autumn. The purpose of the Budget announcement is to deliver the financial and economic position of the UK, based on information by the Office for Budget Responsibility, and also present forecasts for spending plans in the year ahead. What can we expect this year?

From April 2017, there will be a significant change to the way in which Personal Service Companies (PSC's) in the public sector are taxed. Currently, there are over 250,000 PSC's in Britain, many operating in sectors such as healthcare and IT. Because PSC's are often structured with just a sole director and shareholder, working often just for one other organisation, the government are fighting to classify them as employees, where PAYE and NIC applies.

setting-smart-business-goalsJanuary is a great month for renewed focus and motivation. So why not take the opportunity to plan ahead and set new goals? With the busy festive season behind us, and half of the winter (hopefully) out of the way, there is now an open space to think about what you want to achieve this year, and then take action. Setting SMART goals is the key to success.

property-highlights-autumn-statementThe Autumn Statement had, as expected, a key focus on what is commonly referred to as a "housing crisis". Lack of affordable homes continues to be an issue, along with the inflated house prices that make it virtually impossible for first-time buyers to get the break they need. Landlords are still very much in the firing line for government attempts to dampen activity in this sector.