If you’re a UK contractor, an underrated source of information and the latest news is social media, and especially Twitter. Twitter is a handy platform, and many UK organisations have an active presence. If you’re a contractor, freelancer, or self-employed professional and have a Twitter account, we recommend following the ten accounts below. They frequently post helpful stuff that will help you flourish in your temporary assignments. Check them out and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below! And, if you find any Twitter accounts that UK contractors should know about, please share them with us in the comments too!
The UK Contracting Support Website
Twitter Account: @TheUKConSuppWeb
Okay, so maybe we’re being a little cheeky here, but our website exists to provide contractors, freelancers and self-employed professionals with useful information – and we’re active on Twitter! Please give us a follow to keep up to date with the latest content published on our website. We’ve only been around for a few months, but our website traffic is growing rapidly, and so is the number of followers we have on Twitter.
Twitter Account: @FreelancingIns
As their name suggests, Freelancing Insurance is a provider of contractor insurance packages. However, their team is very active on Twitter and they’re always writing useful blog articles that you’re sure to find informative – especially UK contractors. For example, blogs will vary from insurance focused topics to advice on how to land your next temporary assignment. With all content focused at the self-employed, the page is worth a follow.
Twitter Account: @FreeAgent
We’re a big fan of FreeAgent and their accountancy software for small businesses is second to none. The content they produce is excellent too, and extremely valuable to self-employed professionals. Give them a follow and you’ll be amazed at how many high-quality articles they post on subjects mainly associated with running a small limited company.
Twitter Account: @itcontracting
Contractor UK is one of the most recognised sources of reliable information for self-employed contractors in the UK. They’re active on Twitter and share their latest articles, as well as information aimed to specifically help the self-employed. Their information is very informative and well-written – and they’re undoubtedly experts in their field.
Twitter Account: @teamIPSE
IPSE (The Association of Independent Professionals & the Self- Employed) is a not-for-profit organisation ran to help support the UKs self-employed. The IPSE team works tirelessly to help protect contractors and freelancers and raise awareness of issues to HMRC and third-party organisations. Their Twitter feed is full of beneficial information for the self-employed, including statistics, campaigns, and updates on what they’re doing for their members. We recommend you follow the IPSE Twitter account today.
Twitter Account: @AccountingWEBuk
While it may no be entirely focused on the self-employed, AccountingWEB is a fantastic resource that’s well worth following, And, with over 33,000 Twitter follows – we recommend you track their Tweets because they’re always sharing value stuff focused on accountancy. A lot of their content is very relevant to small business owners (and especially personal service company contractors). We recommend you visit the AccountingWEB website too and sign up for their newsletter.
Umbrella Companies (umbrellacompanies.org.uk)
Twitter Account: @Umbrellacomps
The umbrellacompanies.org.uk website has experienced a significant facelift over the last 12 months. Before the update, the website was looking tired, and articles were outdated. The Twitter account was also in a dormant state. The site is a major source of important information on umbrella companies, and it’s an excellent way to get quick, detailed information on umbrella company orientated content. Their Twitter account is pretty awesome too. Not only do they post about new content written by themselves, but they’re always sharing articles written by third parties that they think their readers will find advantageous.
Twitter Account: @BBCBusiness
Who doesn’t love BBC News? It’s a wonderful source of up-to-date news and information affecting the UK. On Twitter, there is a designated BBC Business Twitter account that shares all the latest business news affecting organisations, markets, and personal finance. We recommend you follow most of the BBC News Twitter feeds (there are plenty), especially the BBC Business one!