This week’s guest blogger is Matthew O’Riordan, Parasol’s New Starter Team Leader. Here he tells us all about his team and how our Best Advice campaign has proved to be a big hit with the UK’s freelance community.
For anyone who becomes an employee of Parasol, or a client of our sister company ClearSky Accounting, chances are they have had a chat with me or a member of my team at some point. We are the guys at the end of the phone, or behind the keyboard, when you make that very first contact with Parasol Group to find out all about working through us and all the benefits that come with it. You won’t find a group of people who know more about contracting, freelancing or temping in the UK, and what you need to do to make the most of your pay while keeping on the right side of HMRC.
The only way we could successfully launch our Best Advice campaign was for my team to be experts in both umbrella and limited company working, and we all work really hard in order to stay up to date with the latest rules and legislation.
The feedback we’ve had from potential Parasol employees or ClearSky clients contacting the team has been fantastic. Because both Parasol and ClearSky are part of the same group we are one of a very small number of service providers who can offer what you can truly call ‘best advice’.
The contractors, temps and freelancers who get in touch are really pleased that they only need to call one number to get in touch with one of the experts in my team, and that we can very quickly take them through their options. We do this by taking an interest in you and the way you like to work and this allows us to assess which is your best option in no time at all. We also take into consideration AWR and how this may affect the decision.
Once the decision is made we can have you up and running as a Parasol employee in minutes or as a ClearSky client in just a few hours.
From our experience, first time contractors are definitely favouring the Parasol option as there is no hassle and you are up and running very quickly. Those who are in it for the long haul tend to go down the limited company route.
So if you are thinking about contracting, temping or freelancing and want some honest, unbiased advice as to your best options, just give one of us a shout.