Articles written by Catherine Stern

Using an apprentice

Using an Apprentice for Your Business

If you’re looking for a young workforce who are motivated to learn and develop their skills, then taking on an apprentice could be the solution. For businesses considering this option what does it actually involve, are there any disadvantages and what will it cost? Developing New Talent Apprenticeships are vocational training schemes that are a

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Pros and cons of being self employed

Can I Be a Self-Employed Consultant?

Are you tired of the daily work routine and crave more freedom? Have you recently been made redundant and looking for a new challenge? If these scenarios sound like you, then maybe you should think about becoming a self-employed consultant. Do you already have the skills to be a self-employed consultant? Most people have developed

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pregnant maternity pay

I’m pregnant- when should I tell my boss?

One of the first things you might worry about when you’re pregnant is when to tell your boss. There’s never a perfect time to break the news, but there are ways in which you can prepare yourself and limit the impact. The Legal Side Legally you don’t have to inform work until the 15th week

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Franchising

Have you thought about buying into a franchise?

If you’re thinking of setting up your own business then buying into a franchise can seem like a simple option. There’s the opportunity to work for yourself, but as part of an established brand. What do you need to consider if you want to buy into a franchise? What is a Franchise? Many household names,

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Working part time or full time

Returning to work after claiming benefits: What help is available?

Returning to work after claiming benefits isn’t always easy If you’re thinking of going back to work after claiming benefits it can be a confusing time financially. Whether you’re a lone parent or in a relationship, it can be hard to work out exactly what you’ll be entitled to and if you’ll be better off.

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Life Insurance: Do I need it?

Life Insurance: Do I need it?

Nobody likes to think about dying, but if you want to make sure that your family’s future is secure then you need to consider taking out a life insurance policy. Around one in three of us don’t have any life insurance. Different levels of life insurance cover The different types and levels of cover can

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