When bad men combine, the good must associate;
We stand now on the cusp of the next stage, whether or not you class yourself as a freelance, independent professional or self-employed our similarities bind us together, and The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) has been at the forefront of campaigning for the rights of its members, and the most important channel of communication for its members is the Consultative Council which is why I am standing in the forthcoming elections to become a member.
I have been a freelancer for coming up to 10 years, during that time I have gone by a plethora of names, a consultant, a contractor, an interim to name a few, and during these years the biggest battle had always been with agents trying to pull a fast one when it comes to rates.
This was because I was alone, I knew of other contractors, we didn’t wear badges but gave each other the nod on client’s sites when the permanent staff went for mandatory training or quarterly briefings, and it was a happy existence.
Over the years I developed a network of following contactors, and I was exposed to a wider world, not only of the issues that affected them (EBT’s, HMRC demands and the siren like lure of 85% take home schemes), but also the benefits a small band of likeminded professionals offered, commercial opportunities, technical assistance and the lure of fine dining and Japanese’s whiskey when far from home, and once again it was a happy existence.
Through its history, both as the Professional Contractors Group and latterly as IPSE I have come to learn that a wealth of information and passion exists within the membership, and I intend to add to this, however I have seen members become disillusioned with both IPSE and the freelance market and I hope to try and address this as a part of the CC.
During the election process I’m hoping for a lively debate and the opportunity to expand on these points, field questions from other members on subjects that are important to them. The CC is the voice of the membership, elections are the chance for that voice to be heard.
Existing members can head over to election.ipse.co.uk.
If you are self-employed, a freelancer, interim consultant, independent professional and want to become a member of IPSE please follow this link to Join IPSE and see the benefits of membership and take part in the election, or email me directly firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.