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How Budget 2019 affects Independent Contractors

How Budget 2019 affects Independent Contractors
​Contracting PLUS welcomes the increase of €200 in the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) announced yesterday as part of Budget 2019, bringing the EITC for 2019 to €1,350.However Commercial Director, Jimmy Sheehan expressed disappointment with the Government's failure to bring parity between the employed and self-employed. "The EITC was first announce...
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5 Steps to help Independent Professional Contractors get Mortgage Ready

5 Steps to help Independent Professional Contractors 
get Mortgage Ready
​There are a number of misconceptions among Independent Professional Contractors when it comes to the perceived difficulty of getting a mortgage.There are literally thousands of self-employed people who are eligible for (and have successfully gotten) mortgages. I should know. I'm one of them.For the most part the process is very similar to being an...
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8 Great Reasons Independent Professionals Should Stay In Touch

8 Great Reasons Independent Professionals Should Stay In Touch
​Why is it we are so often continually engaged in 'Unsocial' media when there are massive benefits to be gained from building on face-to-face relationships? Establishing strong affiliations with others in your industry has many positive upsides.Support Network​1. Expanding your network can be productive for business.​If your peers are aware of your...
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Self Investment - Part II

Self Investment - Part II
​In a previous blog post, not too long ago, we spoke the importance of investing in yourself, i.e., developing YOU as an individual, personally or professionally. Investing in yourself is something which a lot of us don't take much time to consciously do, especially with increasingly busy schedules - but it certainly does pay off!Personally, the&nb...
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Company Car: Buy, Lease, Borrow

Company Car: Buy, Lease, Borrow
​​Buying a car is a big outlay and most of us incur it every 3 to 5 years. It is something I have been grappling with recently. My car is four years old and is a Volvo diesel, and while Volvo has not been identified to have any major emission problems like some of the other car manufacturers my gut feeling tells me to avoid diesel going forward. I'...
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