Top 25 Essential Websites for Contractors and Freelancers

As I’m sure you’ll know, many members of the inniAccounts team are experienced contractors and freelancers. So this week we’ve put our heads together, put our bookmarks on the table and come up with our list of the top twenty-five contracting sites and resources that make our lives a little bit easier.

Contractor Portals

Contractor Calculator
http://www.contractorcalculator.co.uk/
Comprehensive guide to contracting with a large selection of features written by industry experts. Wide range of online calculators available.

Contract Eye
http://www.contracteye.co.uk/
IT contractor news, guides and advice, such as how to start up in the contracting world and deal with tax, accountants, agents, umbrella companies and IR35.

Contractor UK
http://www.contractoruk.com/
Includes guides covering all aspects of IT contracting and a lively discussion forum.

Business Link
http://www.businesslink.gov.uk
Excellent site offering resources and practical advice on a variety of topics – from tax and legal issues through to IT and marketing advice.

Professional Bodies

IPSE (previously PCG) 
http://www.ipse.co.uk
Professional body representing the interests of freelancers, contractors and consultants. Their contract templates are designed to help you stay outside IR35.

BCS
http://www.bcs.org
Professional body for IT practitioners; organises networking events and runs a number of special interest groups.

IMechE
http://www.imeche.org/
Professional body for mechanical engineers.

IEEE
http://www.ieee.org
Professional body for electrical engineers.

APMG
http://www.apmgroup.co.uk/
Accreditation organisation; certification includes PRINCE2 project management, M_o_R risk management and MSP programme management.

Government Bodies

Companies House
http://www.companies-house.gov.uk/
UK registrar of companies; responsible for the registration and ongoing administration of limited companies, including annual returns and financial statements.

HM Revenue & Customs
http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/index.htm
Brimming with helpful and detailed information covering all tax topics.

Online Marketplaces

Elance
http://www.elance.com
Post or bid on a huge range of projects

Guru
http://www.guru.com
Online marketplace for freelancers, covering a variety of disciplines

oDesk
http://www.odesk.com
Bid on hourly projects or build and manage your own virtual project team.

Rent A Coder
http://www.rentacoder.com
Excellent website for development projects.

Recruitment

CW Jobs
http://www.cwjobs.co.uk/
Lists both permanent and contract IT job opportunities

Monster – Contracts
http://contract.monster.co.uk/
Plenty of contracting jobs on this recruiting giant

Total Jobs – Contracts
http://www.totaljobs.com/JobSeeking/Contract.html
Large listing of contract roles in all sectors

IT Contract Jobs
http://www.itcontractjobs.co.uk/
2,000+ IT contract jobs listed by companies and agents

Contractor UK (IT contracts)
http://www.contractoruk.com/directory/recruitment_agency_directory.html

Legal Advice

Egos
http://www.egos.co.uk/
Legal firm run by Roger Sinclair, specialises in contract law – including IR35.

Legality.biz
http://www.legality.biz/
Offers a range of legal services for businesses

Lawdit
http://www.lawdit.co.uk/
Southampton-based commercial law firm

Accommodation

Find Me a BnB
http://www.findmeabnb.co.uk/
Listings for both bed and breakfasts and hotels

Late Rooms
http://www.laterooms.com/
A great place to find cheap last-minute hotel accommodation