Workshops about becoming self employed

If you've recently become, or are thinking of becoming, self-employed, HM Revenues and Customs in the UK offer a couple of workshops which should help you in taking the first steps.

Being newly self-employed, I registered my interest in attending a number of events that sounded like they could be useful. Not really sure if they'd be useful or not, I came away from the first event - Becoming self employed - yesterday with some good tips about how to get started and make sure that I'm doing everything I need to be doing to satisfy record keeping requirements, keeping enough of my earnings aside to pay for taxes and insurance at the end of the year and that sort of thing.

Perhaps more importantly than the presentation, it acted more as a questions and answers session with all sorts of questions being asked by the attendees, most of which were beneficial to the group as a whole.

So, if you're just starting out, I think it's worth taking a morning out to go to one of these workshops to answer any questions you may have or to hear answers to questions you may not even have thought of. They unfortunately don't list the dates events will be taking place, but if you find your local HM Revenue & Customs Advice Team and fill in the form, they'll soon let you know when the next events are.

Freelance Drupal services coming in 2009

From the start of 2009 I am going to be self-employed, and while I will still be working much of my time on the projects I've been working on for the past three years at OpenBand/M.C. Dean, I would also like to start taking on some small Drupal-based projects to go side-by-side with that.

Some of the services I am planning to offer in the New Year include:

  • Drupal site creation
    If you are looking to get a site set up for your small business or organisation, and you like the power that Drupal can give to your site, then I can set a site up for you to meet your needs. I'm particularly interested in creating sites based around geographic information or related to the tourism industry, but I will happily consider any project.
  • Drupal site setup support
    If you need advice on how best to achieve your requirements with existing Drupal modules, I can help point you in the right direction and get you started with your Drupal site setup. This can either be on a remote basis, or on a face-to-face basis in the London area if needed.
  • Drupal module development
    If there isn't already a module in the Drupal community to do what you need, I can help you by building a module to meet your requirements.

If you're interested in taking advantage of these freelance Drupal services for your project, please contact me to discuss your needs.

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