Before you know it you need people to help you. Whether it is your family volunteering to help out, interns, apprentices, volunteers, freelancer or staff, your business success depends as much on how you manage these relationships as it is by your customer and service focus.
Suppose you employed 9 people on a freelance basis for five years? Only paid them when you wanted them, no holiday worries, no employment law?
Suppose one took you to tribunal and claimed they were really your employee (and claimed unfair dismissal when you stopped using them).
Suppose they won (tribunals look beyond the label into the real relationship).
Then HMRC wanted the PAYE on all these ‘freelancers’ (going back a few years).
Could you find the money to sort it all out? This time they wanted £12,500.
It happens, this is real.
Don’t be scared. Don’t ignore it. Handle it.
The best way to handle this in advance.
If you need advice and guidance on employing freelance workers check our Freelance Framework Agreement.
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