Freelancers and New Businesses Advised to Protect Their Rights
by EasyEditor Newswire
Hundreds of thousands of workers turning freelance or starting new
businesses to make a living in the face of a tough economic climate have
been warned to ensure they protect their intellectual property and guard
against the pitfalls of late payment.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) the number of
self-employed people rose by 59,000 in the first three months of this
year to reach a new high of 3.93 million.
While full-time job vacancies have fallen by 45 per cent from
pre-recession levels the number of self-employed workers looks set to
grow over the next couple of years.
While at least a quarter of small businesses throughout the UK admit the
recession has had a dramatic impact on them 81 per cent claim they have
turned to freelance workers to help with short-term projects instead of
employing permanent staff.
Freelancers are now an important part of the UK labour force
contributing at least 8 per cent of business turnover and are considered
a low risk, flexible resource that can be turned on and off as firms
start to grow again.
“Whether people choose to become freelance or are forced into working
for themselves because of the lack of permanent jobs they still need to
protect themselves and their intellectual property,” said David Reilly
of Create Ts & Cs.
“The need for properly worded terms and conditions of business has never
been more prevalent.
“Doing business without terms and conditions means running the risk of
not getting paid and, in some circumstances, losing the rights to
The recession has done a lot to break the psychological contract between
employer and employee which in many ways promoted a degree of loyalty
and trust which is different between freelancer and client.
“Many freelance people and new businesses have to wait months to get
paid and risk losing control of their work if they don’t spell out their
terms and conditions before taking on a job. It doesn’t have to be
complicated just straightforward and unambiguous so there is no room for
“It’s an important time to value what you do or what your business has
to offer. Commitment to seeking formality is critical and discourages
the unscrupulous from not paying or the thrifty from avoiding late payment”.