Contracting in the Media and Creative Industries

In the UK, the creative industries have enjoyed considerable growth over the past few years. With a growth of 50% since 2010, it's easy to see why many contractors and freelancers are ditching permanent employment in favour of taking charge of their career.

Do you have a creative flair? There’s a good chance you will have considered contracting but aren’t too sure how to go about it. Our guide will provide a few hints and tips to help you get started.

The benefits of contracting in the creative industries

Becoming a contractor could be one of the best choices you make, plus there's plenty of benefits:

The downsides of contracting in the creative industries

Contracting has many benefits, but there are a few negatives to point out.

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Ways of working as a contractor

Some contractors test the water by continuing in their permanent employment whilst freelancing on the side to get themselves set up. This is certainly a good option, particularly if you’re new to contracting, but it’s best to inform your employer in case you have any restrictions in your contract.

As a contractor, you have the option to work in a number of ways, these include:

  1. Through an umbrella company: You’ll become an employee of the umbrella company, so this is similar to working as a permanent employee.
  2. Setting up a limited company: This is the most tax-efficient way of working, meaning you’ll take home the most from your contract.

Looking to pay less tax?

Find out how to maximise your take-home pay and become a successful contractor in our free guide. Also covered in our guide is:

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