COVID-19 Self-Employment Income Support Scheme in the UK

Self-Employed and Freelance workers in the UK make up around 5 million of the UK workforce, which in itself totals around the 28 million people.

In recent weeks the self-employed in Britain have been patiently awaiting announcements, worried about how they will survive in these unprecedented times and seeking information on any self employment support allowance to be released for them.

On 26th March 2020 The Chancellor announced the release of new packages via the HMRC self-employment press release with measures to assist the self-employed and freelancers in the UK who are non-PAYE employees. 

It is suggested that these packages will stand to assist around 95% of the 5 million self-employed and freelance workers in the UK.

So what is the Package?

The package is called the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme

People who are self-employed are eligible to receive up to £25,000 per month in grants for at least 3 months

Eligible candidates can receive a cash Grant worth 80% of the average monthly trading profit (not revenue) over the past 3 years. These amounts will be taxable.

If individuals do not have three years of accounts on record at the HMRC then two and even one years accounts will be accepted in these cases

Those individuals who have not yet submitted their accounts in January 2020 we will have an extension of a further months until the 30th of April 2020. This extension will be late penalty free allowing them to make the submission within this time.

Any individual who has not yet filed accounts or traded for a minimum of one year will unfortunately not be eligible for this scheme

Who qualifies for this self-employed scheme?

The scheme above will be open to individuals with a trading profit of less than £50,000 in 2018-19 or or individuals with an average trading profit of less than £50,000 from 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19.

To qualify more than half of an individual's income in these periods must come directly from Self-Employment.

Only those individuals who are already registered and trading as Self-Employed and who meet the above conditions will be eligible to apply, this is in place to minimise fraud or false applications.

This scheme does also apply to individuals who are Members of Partnerships

The income support scheme designed by HMRC from scratch will cover three months to May 2020.

Grants will be paid in a single lump sum in instalments covering all three months and this will start to be paid from the beginning of June 2020.

It is important to note that those who pay themselves a salary and dividends through their own company are not covered by the scheme but will be covered for their salary by the Corona Virus Job Retention Scheme, if they are operating PAYE schemes. However, this is not yet operational.

GOV‌.UK has further details about who is eligible for the scheme and how it will work.

How do you access the scheme?

All self-employed individuals who are eligible for the new scheme will be able to apply directly to HMRC for the taxable Grant shortly. This will be done using a simple online form and the cash granted will be paid directly into the eligible candidates bank account.

If you are submitting late returns for your self assessment with HMRC, you need to do so now. If you already submitted your return then you do not need to take any action.

Due to the scheme being administered by HMRC they will be the ones to contact each individual and direct them to the relevant online form that will need to be completed and submitted electronically. So it is important to note that individuals DO NOT need to contact HMRC at this time.

HMRC will be using existing information on their records to check potential eligibility and to invite applications once the scheme is operational and ready to go.

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What if I have no money and June is too long to wait for the payment?

It is understood that for many people waiting until June for a payment will be too long a period to go without money. Understandably, not everyone will have enough to tide them over until then.

In such cases the Chancellor has suggested that such Self-Employed individuals will still be able to access alternative available government support, including revised and more generous Universal Credit and something called the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS).

It is important to note that fees and interest on these loans will be paid by the government for the first 12 months making them completely interest free for customers.

Applying for Universal Credit online has been simplified and can be done by clicking here

Although standard Universal Credit payments would usually begin 5 weeks after application approval, individuals are now eligible to obtain an immediate cash advance, as soon as the initial application has been accepted.

What else has been released and how do you access it?

Deferral of Self Assessment Income Tax payments due in July 2020 and VAT payments due from 20 March 2020 until 3‌0‌‌ June 2020

Increased amounts of Universal Credit

Directors of their own company paid through PAYE, may be able to get support using the Job Retention Scheme.

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HMRC Contact Number: 0300 200 3300

Further details and additional information about the self-employed scheme are to be shared by HMRC in due course. Please continue to check our blog and newsletters for daily updates buy book marking us on your browser for quick and easy access:


Audible announce FREE Audio Books for Children amid school closures in the UK

Looking for great FREE audio books to keep the kids entertained while you work from home?

'Audible, is an Amazon company and the Worlds largest producer of digital audio books. Their collection includes over 200,000 best-selling digital audio books, radio and TV programs and audio subscriptions to popular magazines and newspapers'.

In light of the recent school closures and amid stay at home recommendations, the amazing Audible platform announced that they would allow kids everywhere to stream a wide range of titles across various languages FREE with the following announcement:

"For as long as schools are closed, we're open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids"

To start exploring the free collection CLICK HERE

To clarify, this means that your children will be able to stream a huge selection of stories absolutely free via Audible using a range of mediums including desktop computers, laptops, phones or tablets! How amazing is that?! So whether you are looking for home schooling ideas and resources or simply seeking a way to keep the kids entertained, here is your chance!

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Having to Work Despite the COVID-19 Health Risks - Women on Twitter have their say!

It has emerged that many workers are still being forced to go work, business as usual, amid the current COVID-19 pandemic, despite the evidence of several cities having achieved sizable results from the lock-down method of making everyone stay at home.

In the UK many non-essential companies are still putting profits before health, making thousands still go into work despite many of them having what can easily be work from home jobs. 

As expected people are furious in their masses, taking to platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to speak out about it and expose the companies still making them go to work when they should clearly be self-isolating to protect themselves and their loved ones from the outbreak and its rapid spread.

On 24th March Piers Morgan Tweeted:: "If your company is remaining open with no good public health reason to do so, and making you go to work against Govt. orders, let me know. Need to expose the bosses putting money before lives".

This tweet was quickly seen by thousands who wanted to have their say. In less than 24 hours the tweet had received 69k Likes, over 12.4k Retweets and a huge influx of responses from some very worried workers across the UK.

She Inspired Her have compiled a selection of the responses from women around the United Kingdom here - the tweets shown below are screenshots of the personal opinions of each tweeter we have featured and their alleged concerns:

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How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer at Home

If you are one of the people who have been struggling to find and purchase hand sanitiser, sanitizing gel, a sanitising spray or ANY form of sanitiser at all since the COVID-19 outbreak began - it is safe to say that you are far from alone!

The NHS Public Health England and the Government have advised regular washing of hands to keep them clean and according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the next best thing would be the use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

She Inspired Her took the liberty to present our readers with an easy and effective 3 ingredient recipe to allow you to make your own hand sanitizer at home.

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A very key rule to remember

When making your own fully effective hand sanitizer at home you must ensure that your serving measurement of alcohol to aloe vera is 2:1 because this will ensure that the alcohol content remains around 60 percent within the product. Reports from the CDC suggest that this is the correct minimum amount to kill most germs.

The three ingredients you will:
1. Isopropyl or Rubbing Alcohol
2. Aloe Vera Gel
3. Your choice of Essential Oil - such as tea tree oil or lavender oil or you can simply use lemon juice if you do not have these

Equipment you will need: 
A clean mixing bowl
A clean spoon
A clean whisk
A bottle to store your homemade hand sanitizer

We picked up this recipe from Dr Riishi Desai, Chief Medical Officer of Osmosis and Former Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in the division of viral disease at the CDC, who suggested the following sanitizer recipe will kill 99.9% of germs after 60 seconds.

Your Homemade Hand sanitizer recipe

- ¾ cup of isopropyl or rubbing alcohol (99%)
- ¼ cup of aloe vera this is here to counteract the harshness of the alcohol, to protect your skin
- 10 drops of essential oil or use lemon juice as an alternative - this will make it smell lush!

Hygiene Tips for Making your Hand Sanitizer at Home:

- Wash your hands thoroughly before you start

- It is advisable to wipe down the surface that you will use to make your hand sanitizer with a diluted bleach (use rubber or latex gloves for hand protection)

- Use clean apparatus i.e. the spoon and the whisk when mixing your sanitizer solution and ensure that all ingredients are blended thoroughly

- Do not use diluted alcohol all for your hand sanitizer 99 percent is advised

- Ensure that the mixture is complete and ready for use before touching the mixture.

Let's make some hand sanitizer!

Pour all ingredients into a bowl, if you have a bowl with a pouring spout this would be ideal

Use a spoon to mix the ingredients together and then proceed to beat the mixture with a whisk which will transform the sanitizer into to a gel-like consistency.

Pour the ingredients into an empty bottle for easy use and for safety you should label the bottle hand sanitizer

Things to remember when using your homemade hand sanitizer

If your hands are greasy or dirty before sanitizing them you should wash your hands with soap and water.

You should always run the hand sanitizer into your skin in until your hands are dry

Application or spraying of sanitizer should initially be into the palm of one hand

Rub your hands together thoroughly making sure that you effectively cover the entire surface of your hands, all your fingers and anything in between

It is advised to rub the sanitizer into your hands for 30 to 60 seconds until they are completely dry. Remember it can take up to to at least 60 seconds and sometimes a little longer for hand sanitizer how to kill most germs.

Also remember that good old hand washing is a great option and should be be your first choice especially if your hands are already dirty or greasy.

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International Women's Week Spotlight: Interview with Tayshan Languedo-Butt, Founder of Earth Elixir Haircare

It is true She Inspired Her tradition to pick the brains of some of the most inspirational and hard working women within our network and reach from across the Globe and today's interview subject is no exception! 

As part of International Women's Week we got up-close and personal with London based business woman Tayshan Languedo-Butt, Founder of natural haircare range Earth Elixir Haircare. 

Earth Elixir Haircare is an ayervedic haircare range created using natural, organic and ayurvedic ingredients. The range is eco-friendly, natural, handmade and growing in popularity!

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Interview with Tayshan Languedo-Butt of Earth Elixir Haircare by Crystal Emmanuel, Founder of The Pamper Sessions

Q: First of all Tayshan, congratulations on how far you have managed to bring this brand thus far - you have an exceptional range that could clearly compete with the bigger brands on the shelves and we see a great future for Earlth Elixir Haircare. 
So tell us, what was the original inspiration behind you starting Earth Elixir haircare? What led you to the decision to launch the range?

A: The main inspiration came from a need of something completely natural for my hair as I was struggling with psoriasis in my scalp as well as really damaged hair. As well as finding out I was having my first daughter and wanting products I could trust to use on my baby. 

Q: Why did you choose the name "Earth Elixir" for your brand? 

A: The name was a struggle but n the end it was actually my husband who chose it. I wanted it to say Earth because all are ingredients are plant based and elixir means “a magical substance with powers to cure, improve and preserve” which is what our products do for hair. 

Q: Excellent, great team work there and a perfect name for your range and what it delivers. What did you do as a career prior to starting up the Earth Elixir brand? Are you still working in other areas or do you run this business full time? 

A: I have a degree in Forensic Science but before the business I actually worked in behaviour management within primary schools. I’m actually on maternity leave at the moment but not sure if I will return to work or run the business full time. 

Q: Wow! Impressive indeed, which leads us to talk about your work/life balance. We saw you with your husband and beautiful baby at The Pamper Sessions - Beauty, Fashion and Wellness Show in December where we know you had a sell out performance! You have a son aged 8 and a daughter aged 19 months. 
Tell us a little about how you balance family life with running a business independently, showing up to smash these exhibitions and still managing to be such a yummy mummy! You make it look effortless but we'd love to hear about the realities, do you have any tips or advice for women in similar circumstances reluctant to start their own business or worried that they won't manage - how DO you do it? 

A: I’m going to be honest, sometimes it’s hard - really hard. I have to bring my baby to events with me as I’m still nursing and she refuses a bottle! It’s hard to not let the business control me so I give myself set tasks for the day and usually try to get them out the way in the morning so I have the rest of the day with the kids. If anything else comes up in regards to the business during the day, I’ll usually leave it until they go to bed (or) else it can get very hectic. Managing mine/the kids time and syncing schedules with my husband is really important as well so we all know what we are doing and when. I’m forever writing lists! One thing I would say to any other woman in a similar situation, is go for it! So many people told me I wouldn’t be able to do it with a newborn and two other children (one of which is still a baby herself) but with determination you can! My children are my motivation. Also get older children involved. My son helps me stick labels and pack boxes. He really gets stuck in and enjoys seeing the business grow whilst also feeling like a big part of it. 
Q: That's awesome, it sounds like we may have another young entrepreneur to look out for in the future too, how great to be able to get him involved in the process! So tell us more about your product range, who it is for and what it is designed to do? 

A: Earth Elixir Haircare is a range of completely natural, vegan, Ayurvedic Haircare products. From scalp scrubs, to deeps treatments to oils and stylers. Our products were made specifically with curls, waves, coils and kinks in mind. However, our straight haired ladies and gents can use them too, making them inclusive no matter the type of hair but with Afro hair at the forefront of their innovation. I wanted products that would nourish the scalp and hair but that was made with natural ingredients. If it can’t be eaten then we don’t use it! Our products main aim is to promote growth and retain length. 

Q: Great! So what is your best seller from this range and why do you think this is?

A: Our Ayurvedic Hair Growth Oil is a best seller. It’s an all round product and people see quick results. It helps with growth, shedding, itchy scalp, cradle cap, alopecia, thinning hair and psoriasis. It can also be used as a pre-poo and on  all hair types so people love this product.

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Q: Yes! I have tried it myself and was genuinely happy to remove all other branded oils from my shelf once I had it in my possession! As mentioned above you joined us for The Pamper Sessions festive marketplace edition in December and you SOLD OUT all your stock from your Earth Elixir Ayurvedic Hair Oils range on the day! As I went around all the vendors on the day I had a listen in on some of your sales pitches and have to say you are GREAT at direct salesWhat is your number one tip for other brand owners thinking of selling at consumer shows like The Pamper Sessions? 

A: I would say be yourself and share your story. People buy into people! Customers don’t know my products yet so they really buy into me and my story so just be honest and share and they will see that. 

Q: What has been your biggest business challenge so far? How did you ovecome this challenge? 

A: I think everyday is a challenge balancing 3 children, running a household and a business. Sometimes when it gets too much I have to take a couple of hours out for myself to do something I enjoy- even if it’s just a long bath! Then I realign and tackle the day’s challenges. 

Q: What is coming next for Earth Elixir? Do you have any exciting plans for the brand for 2020? 

A: We have a lot of big events coming up this year as well as some exciting new products. We also have a few ways our customers can really get involved so be on the look out for them! 

The next edition of The Pamper Sessions - Beauty, Fashion and Wellness Show will take place on Saturday 2nd May 2020 in Surrey Quays, London. Want to become a vendor at the show? Vendors Sign-Up Here

7 Tips For Starting A New Job

Are you starting a new job and want to make the best first impression? This article will guide you through how to do so.

Be On-Time

This is something that should be common sense, but it is also the key to success at your new job.  When you come to work on time, your boss will see that you are the responsible and enthusiastic person they want.  Coming in late will leave a bad impression and this could affect the rest of the time you work at the company.

Dress To Impress

Since you have been hired, you need to look the part.  It is better to overdress at the start of your new job, but you should consider the company culture when dressing.  You do not want to be the newbie dressed in a pressed suit on your first day at a hip start-up.  It is best to ask your supervisor about the dress code to ensure you do not feel awkward from the start. If you have read this piece on how to write a killer executive bio then you’ll know first impressions are everything.

Listen To Everything

During your first week on the job, you will be bombarded with new facts and you have to take the time to listen to everything.  The information you get could be where the bathrooms are or where the files you need are stored.  If you have any questions about what you learn, you should ask them.

Ask All Your Questions

If you are confused about something, you need to take the time to ask about it.  Your first week at your new job is a grace period where everyone will be open to any question you have.  It is best to ask at this point than to still be unsure three months into your job when it is too late to admit that you do not understand a core part of the job.  Asking questions also shows that you are enthusiastic and interested in your job which leaves a good impression.

Know What Is Expected

Do you know what is expected of you in your new role?  If you are unsure, you should talk to your boss and go over this during your first week.  This is the best time for this and you can get rid of any confusion you have over the job description or your tasks.  When you know what is expected, you will work better and your boss will be impressed with your attitude.

Get To Know The Surroundings

Part of settling into your new job is getting to know your surroundings.  You should learn where the best place for lunch is and where everyone if getting their morning coffee.  When you know these small logistical things, your days will be much easier to handle.

Leave Your Personal Life At Home

You may be dying to tell everyone you know about your new job or you have a text that is nagging you, but you need to resist temptation.  Keep your phone in your bag until your break.  This is important if you want to make a good impression.  You should also refrain from using your phone during work hours for personal emails, social media updates or contacting your friends.


The Single Boss - Dating Events for the Kick-Ass Professional Returns this January!

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Dating Events for the Kick-Ass Professional

We have an amazing treat for our readers this January!
Get 33% off your first attendance to The Single Boss events with promocode: 'THESINGLEBOSS' - its time to find the one!

On Thursday 30th January 2020 ensure that you are nowhere other than The Single Boss event at Perini and Perini in London for a few hours of mingling and relaxing with like minded people who take work, creativity, risk, fun and reward seriously! 

It's not a label, a badge, or money that makes you a boss, it's a state of mind. The Single Boss events are for those who think like a boss whether you're a kick-ass professional, entrepreneur or business owner, and if you are single and want to meet others in the same headspace - this is for you! You may just meet your match!

DJ Ash from "JAM Events" will be providing the music for the evening, coupled with our customary Single Boss hospitality, we know, at the end of Jan we'll put a smile on your face.

Use Promocode: THESINGLEBOSS for 33% OFF!
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What to expect on the evening:
Greeted and looked after by our hosts
Welcome drink
Brilliant and engaging speaker
The special guest speaker at this event will be Susan Kabani founder of the Ugenie app, a keen supporter of female entrepreneurs and a business butterfly who runs regular networking events and pitch nights. The topic for the evening is "the power of the pivot". Susan will also give us the low down on how the Ugenie app, a private platform to better connect your community (like a LinkedIn for your brand) came into being.
Live DJ
Fun photo booth
Guaranteed pressure-less interactions
Great conversation, surrounded by like-minded people

Sponsors in attendance on the evening include:
WeCoffee, Introducing Two, Boomerang Booth and Ugenie!

Date and time : Thursday, January 30th, 7pm - 10pm

Age range 26+

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