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    Self Employed/Small Business

    I know there are a number of members at FG who are self-employed or run their own businesses so I thought it might be a good idea to have at least one thread on that to bounce thoughts; ideas; stories off one another and see what happens.

    In actuality everyone is self-employed so all are welcome and encouraged to participate in the discussions.

    I'm in carpet/upholstery/tile & grout cleaning and flood water removal business.

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    Re: Self Employed/Small Business

    Quote Originally Posted by Ahso! View Post
    I know there are a number of members at FG who are self-employed or run their own businesses so I thought it might be a good idea to have at least one thread on that to bounce thoughts; ideas; stories off one another and see what happens.

    In actuality everyone is self-employed so all are welcome and encouraged to participate in the discussions.

    I'm in carpet/upholstery/tile & grout cleaning and flood water removal business.

    https://www.google.com/webhp?sourcei...pet%20cleaning
    I'm just in the process of setting up a new company although why I bother I really don't know.

    The degree of hassle you get nowadays is out of all proportion to the task at hand.

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    Re: Self Employed/Small Business

    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Mawr View Post
    I'm just in the process of setting up a new company although why I bother I really don't know.

    The degree of hassle you get nowadays is out of all proportion to the task at hand.
    What hassles have you run in to?

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    Re: Self Employed/Small Business

    I've been self employed for a very long time but have recently been offered direct employment with the company that I've been doing work for, for about 18 months.

    It's a manager's job so it means this poor, tired old body is no longer on the tools.

    It also gives me a bit of security up until I retire, providing of course I can cut the mustard.
    "He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."
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    Re: Self Employed/Small Business

    Quote Originally Posted by Ahso! View Post
    What hassles have you run in to?
    Security checks by the agency that are overboard - for example, having been retired for the past thirty months I'm asked to "prove to us that you haven't been working during that period". Their way of doing that would have involved providing bank statements to cover the entire period which is intrusive and proves nothing. I kicked up and we came to a compromise.

    Having to go into the agency in person to show them my passport to prove that I have "the right to work" in the UK.

    Know your customer checks by the bank that take a week to complete and then need a ninety minute interview at the end of it (and this is a bank I already deal with).

    Not being able to get Professional Indemnity insurance with the first company I went to on the grounds that they didn't like the company I would be working at (a major financial institution).


    At the end of the day I've been a consultant at this place before and they know me well. They're the ones coming to me for advice and I've only agreed to give me something to do over the winter.

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    Re: Self Employed/Small Business

    Didn't I read somewhere that you were doing dog grooming or something?

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    Re: Self Employed/Small Business

    Was self employed now the director of a personal servicves company working through an agency. In other words an agency lorry driver it's a olot easier than being self employed

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    Re: Self Employed/Small Business

    Quote Originally Posted by Ahso! View Post
    Didn't I read somewhere that you were doing dog grooming or something?
    That's my youngest daughter, I do computer consultancy :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Mawr View Post
    That's my youngest daughter, I do computer consultancy :-)
    Ah, no wonder all the security intrusions.

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    Re: Self Employed/Small Business

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmc View Post
    Was self employed now the director of a personal servicves company working through an agency. In other words an agency lorry driver it's a olot easier than being self employed
    Self-employment works best for me. My brain is going anyway, might as well use it to my advantage.

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