Sector advice

Finding career advice isn’t always easy when you’re a contractor. There’s plenty of help available for permanent employees looking to find a job, to develop their skills and discover how to progress, but it’s not as easy to find for the self-employed.

When you work for yourself, you’re in charge of your career, so it’s up to you to make the decisions. You’re free to find your own niche and develop the skills you want. But do you know just how to go about this?

We created our industry specific advice to help the self-employed with their careers. If you’re wondering how to find your niche, where to source contracts or what earnings you can expect to take home, we’ve got you covered. Using our years of helping contractors from different industries, we are well placed to provide all of the support you need.

Becoming a Freelance Education Consultant | Education Consultancy

If you wish to pursue a career as a freelance education consultant, there are plenty of paths to choose from. Learn more about this career pathway.

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How to Become a Freelance, Self-Employed, Mobile Hairdresser | SJD Accountancy

Hairdressing is a popular career choice. With the flexibility and freedom of self-employment, many are choosing to become a self-employed hairdresser.

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Becoming a Freelance Administrator

With the availability of remote working technologies, it’s now possible to have a Freelance Administrator. Discover more and see how SJD Accountancy can help.

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Becoming a Self-Employed Taxi Driver | UK Freelance Taxi Driver

Wherever you are in the world, there will always be times that the services of a taxi driver are required. Discover how to become a self-employed taxi driver.

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Rates of Pay for a Freelance Photographer | Photography Day Rate

When starting out as a freelance photographer, it can be quite a challenge to decide what the correct rate should be. Our guide discusses the main factors.

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Becoming a Hair Extension Technician

Hair extensions are becoming more popular. Learn more about becoming a self-employed hair extension technician and how SJD Accountancy can help.

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Accountants for Locum Doctors & Nurses | SJD Accountancy

Being a qualified medical professional means you could go locum. Find out what this means for you and how to go about pursuing this path.

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Pharmaceutical and Health Care Contractors | SJD Accountancy

If you work in the pharmaceutical industry, discover why contracting could be the perfect next step in your career.

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How to Become an SEO Consultant Contractor | SJD Accountancy

An SEO consultant can help a business reach new heights in terms of organic traffic. Discover how to become an SEO consultant and how SJD Accountancy can help.

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What does SAP Mean? SAP Contractors in the UK

SAP focuses on planning and managing the functions of an organisation. Discover the benefits of becoming an SAP contractor.

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C Sharp Contractors | C# Contracting

C Sharp (C#), is a programming language used by developers around the world. Discover what it is, and how to become a C# contractor.

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How to Get Security Clearance | Security Cleared Contractor

There are certain roles in which contractors will need security clearance. Find out more about how the process works and what you need to do.

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Accountant for Nurses | Limited Company Agency Nurse

Being a limited company agency nurse is vastly different from being a locum nurse. Discover the subtle differences and see how SJD Accountancy can help.

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Telecommunications Engineer | Self Employed Engineer

If you're a telecommunication engineer, discover the benefits of contracting through your own limited company and how to get started.

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Working as a Management Consultant | Management Consultancy Work

Consultant, freelancer or contractor - this article will provide you with useful hints and tips on starting out and setting up your own limited company.

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Contracting in the Media Industry | Creative Industry Freelancing

The creative industries have enjoyed considerable growth over the past few years. Discover more about contracting in these industries.

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Accountants for Health and Safety Consultants | SJD Accountancy

With ever-changing regulations, health and safety consultants already have enough to think about without having to manage their accounts.

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A Guide to Becoming a HTML Contractor | SJD Accountancy

We discuss what it takes to be a successful HTML contractor, as well as the benefits of choosing this pathway.

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Finding Security Clearance Contracts and Jobs | SJD Accountancy

Do you need to be security cleared for your next contracting role? We've explained all in our guide, along with how the process works.

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Security Cleared Jobs | SJD Accountancy

Finding a contract within security clearance is easier than you may have first thought. Find out how to become security cleared in our guide.

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Rates of Pay in the Renewable Energy Industry | Energy Day Rates

Working as a renewable energy engineer can attract high rates of pay, especially when contracting. Discover how to increase your daily rate.

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Benefits of Becoming an Oil and Gas Engineer | SJD Accountancy

The oil and gas industry is one of the few industries that has ever increasing job opportunities, meaning there are plenty of contracts.

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Solvency II Actuarial Contractors | SJD Accountancy

The introduction of the Solvency II Directive in 2012 means that there has never been a more exciting time to become an actuarial contractor.

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Retired and Former Police Consultants | SJD Accountancy

Many retired and former police officers have became police consultants as a tax efficient way to put their experience and skills to use.

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Becoming a Limited Company Locum Vet | SJD Accountancy

Learn about the benefits of working as a locum vet and discover how your working practices could differ from that of a permanent employee.

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Becoming a Locum Doctor | Limited Company Locum Doctor

Many doctors are making the move from permanent to locum, commanding higher rates of pay with an increased demand in the market.

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Health and Social Care Consultant | SJD Accountancy

Discover how you can help the rising demand being placed on the health and social care sector, through becoming a contractor.

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Contracting for the Government | SJD Accountancy

The UK Government is one of the biggest employers of contractors. Here are your options if you wish to contract in the public sector.

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Oil and Gas Contractors | Contractor Rates

There has always been constant demand for specialist oil and gas contractors. Find out what organisations are looking for.

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Becoming an Engineering Contractor | SJD Accountancy

There is an extremely high demand for engineers. We have created a helpful guide on how to become an engineering contractor.

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How Much Do IT Contractors Make? Day Rates for IT Contractors UK

How much could you earn as an IT contractor? Find out how much you could earn based on programming language and job role.

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IT Contractors | SJD Accountancy

If you are a computer specialist looking to become your own boss, then becoming an IT contractor could be a choice worth considering.

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Becoming a Project Management Contractor | SJD Accountancy

Project management is a skill required in most businesses. Discover what it is like to be a project manager contractor.

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Becoming a Renewable Energy Engineer | SJD Accountancy

With the demand for clean energy on the rise, the increase in job demand for contractors in this sector is high.

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Nuclear Energy Contractors | SJD Accountancy

What is a nuclear energy engineer? Find out more about what this career entails and how to become a nuclear energy contractor.

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.Net Contractor Guide

Knowledge of the .NET framework has been required by many organisations for over a decade. Find out more about .NET contracting.

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Airline Pilot Contractors | SJD Accountancy

In this guide, we discuss becoming a contractor airline pilot. Learn more about the process, how to find a contract and average daily rates.

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Contracting in Banking and Finance | Banking and Financial Work

As the banking and financial sectors are constantly evolving, they rely on contractors to fill roles. Read more about working in these areas.

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Guide to Becoming an Interim Manager | SJD Accountancy

A company may require services for a set period of time. Discover the skills which you will need as an interim manager.

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How to Become a Self-Employed Landscape Gardener | SJD Accountancy

It's tempting to ditch the desk job in favour of a role that allows you to get back to nature. Learn more about becoming a self-employed landscape gardener.

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How to Become a Locum Optician | Benefits of Locum Optician Work

Taking care of the nation’s eyes is a team of optometry professionals, some choosing to work on a locum basis. Discover how to become a locum optician.

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Becoming a Freelance Fashion Stylist | Freelance Fashion Styling

It takes a lot of creativity and experience to work your way up in a fashion role. We've listed the benefits of becoming a freelance fashion stylist.

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How to Become an Exam Marker | Self-Employed Exam Marker Advice

An exam marker is someone who is employed to assess and mark examination papers. In this guide, we take a look at how to become a freelance exam marker.

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Freelance Web Developer Rates in the UK

In this guide, we explain the factors that affect the freelance web developer rates in the UK. Discover more here and see how SJD Accountancy can help.

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What is Physio? How to Become a Self-Employed Physiotherapist

Many physiotherapists turn to independent practice at some point in their career. Read our guide to find out how to become a self-employed physiotherapist.

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Becoming a Self-Employed Lawyer or Solicitor | SJD Accountancy

When working as a lawyer or solicitor, your career can be extremely demanding. Take control of your career by becoming a self-employed lawyer or solicitor.

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Becoming a Freelance Videographer | Freelance Videography Work

A videographer is a person who records moving images and sound, broadcasting live or uploading online. Learn how to become a self-employed videographer.

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How to Become a Self-Employed Mobile Beauty Therapist | SJD Accountancy

Becoming a beautician is a popular career pathway. Discover what it entails and how to make the move to becoming a self-employed beauty therapist.

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How to Become a Builder | Becoming a Self-Employed Builder

Being a builder and working in construction can incorporate many aspects of the trade. In this guide, we discuss how to become a self-employed builder.

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Becoming a Self-Employed Tree Surgeon | SJD Accountancy

Working as a tree surgeon is highly rewarding and provides an active, outdoor lifestyle. This guide explains how to become a self-employed tree surgeon.

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