Further Information on Working With Us

What does it mean to work self-employed?

So you are interested in working with us, but you are not currently self employed. What does it mean?

Our role is to introduce self-employed workers (e.g. cleaners) to clients who are looking for work to be done (e.g. cleaning). We work in partnership with our workers to help them to grow their businesses and in the turn to grow our own. One of the most difficult things about starting out as a self-employed cleaner is to find clients. It’s time consuming and costly. But if you join our database of workers we can find all of the work for you. So we reduce your cost and workload. We make it easier for you to get started or to grow your own client base.

If you were to join our database, having gone through our vetting process, you would start to be offered clients in your area (as and when they come in). When we see clients we assess them against the workers on our database and introduce them to the worker that is likely to fit their needs best.

You choose which days and hours you make yourself available. When we offer you work you can decline it and just choose the jobs you prefer. You have the freedom to fit in work with your other commitments.

You do not need to provide equipment or materials as you use the client’s own. You are paid by the client on the day of service – generally by cash (or by which ever way you decide to between the two of you). The vast majority of your clients will be regular jobs on a weekly or fortnightly basis.

But isn’t it scary to be self-employed?

Not at all! In fact it is becoming more and more common place for people to offer their skills on a freelance basis. Many people think they have more security and control if they are employed. But then you are entirely in the hands of your employer. They tell you what to do and when. When you are self-employed you choose what you do and when and if things go wrong its down to you and not others. You fit the work you take on around your life and not the other way round. That means more security not less.

Won’t I need to pay huge amounts of tax?

It’s all very simple. You register as self-employed. Then once a year you complete a form telling the tax office how much you have earned. You can deduct from this expenses – such as travel. You then pay any tax due. If you work with us you work on a self employed basis and must pay your own tax and National Insurance. But you do not pay any tax until your earnings are over £11,500 (at the time of writing). At £8.50 per hour that is about 25 hours of work each week!

In addition you can earn around £6,000 per annum before you pay any National Insurance.

Both tax and National Insurance thresholds include money from all self-employed and employed earnings. So if you earn money elsewhere you need to take that into account.

If you currently claim benefits some of your benefits may be affected, but for those working on a low income in-work benefits can really help (e.g. working tax credits). Get advice on this from your local Job Centre.

If you think that all sounds straight forward why not come and work in partnership with us?

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