Start-ups that are transforming traditional business
I’ve been a financial adviser for around 22 years now. In the run-up to the year 2000 ‘millennium bug’ fear, I was working for an accountancy practice that handled the books for IT contractors that were supposedly going to stop power stations from melting down and planes crashing when the millennium came in. I thought to myself, while contracting was strong in IT there was no reason why you shouldn’t find contracting in other fields as well.
So I set up a website called Contractor Money in 1999, and that was aimed at giving straightforward, user-friendly financial advice to people on short-term contracts, and it really took off. There was clearly a large untapped need for guidance for people who didn’t fit the traditional employment models of self-employment and PAYE permanent employment.