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WorkStyle: Helping accountants to support new contractors

New clients often have plenty of questions when they begin contracting. ClearSky offered a solution to this with WorkStyle, a dedicated publication

As accountants, our new clients can ask a lot of questions when they first enter the world of contracting and often, these questions can centre on their new lifestyle. Since providing the best advice isn’t always easy, ClearSky Accounting have offered a solution to this in the form of a publication, WorkStyle.

WorkStyle is dedicated to new contractors and freelancers to make their lives as easy as possible. The first edition was created as a way for new clients entering the industry to get all of the information they needed and ensure they’re fully equipped when they do make the leap.

The inspiration behind WorkStyle

As accountants, we get a lot of questions from contractors about how to get started, how to manage finances and how to juggle all of the new responsibilities. The publication was born from a desire to help contractors answer these prevalent questions and show that support is always available. The goal was to break down the barriers that have stopped people from pursuing self-employment and help them to see that they too could do it.

“We wanted to try something new and innovative to reach contractors that’s not really been done in the market before,” explained John Darcy, ClearSky’s senior marketing executive and one of WorkStyle’s creators. “Something tangible that they could use at the beginning of their journey, but could also be of use when progressing on their career path.”

As accountants, we believe that we should have a deep understanding of the contracting world and this involves the challenges and demands that go with it. This allows us to better serve our clients and provide them with the best tools possible when they enter the world of self-employment.

What’s inside?

Inside the publication, there’s advice about how to get started, some common challenges to overcome and how to secure your first contracting role. There’s also plenty inside that can be referenced later on, such as a simple breakdown of IR35.

The publication includes survey data from over 100 existing contractors with valuable insight into how best to prepare for self-employment, what skills were most important in the early days and any words of wisdom to their fellow contractors. The feedback from existing self-employed workers can be invaluable to those new in the industry.

Darcy added: “We spoke to real contractors who have experienced the highs and lows of what it’s actually like to get a true reflection of starting out in contracting. It highlighted some surprising themes and reasons as to why people seek out a career change so it’s definitely worth a look.”

Visit ClearSky Accounting to download a free copy of WorkStyle.

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