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I was chatting to a friend recently and they were recounting their current experiences of dealing with HMRC. They are self-employed and there is a difference of opinion on how much National Insurance is owed. My friend believes that nothing is due whereas HMRC believes she owes them £3,000. My friend has been...

Last week two things happened almost simultaneously that really made me smile. My phone beeped to confirm I had a text. The text was from a client and it read “Notice handed in!” I looked at my computer screen and I had an email telling me “The rise in the state pension age...

It’s okay: I don’t really. In fact, I love what I do. But a lot of my clients don’t. In fact, on an almost daily basis I speak to people that genuinely hate their jobs. And even the ones that don’t hate their current employment situation often want to make a change in their working...

“Comparison is the thief of joy” This quotation (from Theodore Roosevelt) argues that comparing your work, your life, or whatever else will only serve to make you unhappy. I cannot tell you how much I love this quote. Every time I find myself daydreaming about something I want, something I think I need,...

I read an article in Professional Pensions last week that really got me thinking. It was all about how Britain needs to start planning for the ‘100 year life’, because that’s where we’re headed with medical advancements and improved quality of life. I’m 42, I’ve got a gammy knee and I am probably a little...

I hate busyness. Two main reasons: And I am proud to tell you that one of my clients hates busyness too. When I met him last year he had been working in the corporate world for – in his words – too long (25 years!) and was looking to get out. He’d crunched...

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