Freelancing in the UK is becoming increasingly popular for both workers and employers. Employers benefit from the services of freelance or contract workers by only paying for specified services, for services through the completion of a planned project and more. They also don’t have to contend with the hassles or expense associated with handling taxation, regular payroll, benefits packages and more on behalf of the worker. Freelancing is great for the contract worker as well, providing him or her with the ability to choose which assignments to work on, to have greater control over income and work schedule and more. However, the freelance worker does have to contend with handling issues like invoicing clients, managing accounting records, monitoring and complying with taxation regulations and more. This can take a lot of time and effort to do.
Essential services for UK freelancers help a freelancer to free up work hours to actually work on paying tasks and drastically reduce the time required to keep up with these tasks. Umbrella services for freelancers actually will cover all of the essential services most freelancers require in their work efforts. Consider these services offered under an umbrella service.
- Processing of invoices and payments
- Preparing and filing tax returns
- Maintaining communications with a job placement or recruitment company to ensure you have a steady, regular flow of work
- Providing work references
- Handling Pension, Healthcare and Financial schemes
There is a fee associated with using an umbrella service. Some freelancers will consider spending their valuable work hours handling these tasks on their own. However, in many of these areas, it is important to note that a worker must constantly keep up-to-date on regulatory changes and must regularly make an effort to work on some of these tasks almost on a daily basis. This can erode the amount of time available in a work day to work on paying tasks.
Through outsourcing these essential tasks to an umbrella service provider, a freelancer is able to spend his workday getting paid for his valuable skills. In this way, there is financial benefit to a freelancer for using the services of an umbrella service provider.