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Employed vs Self-Employed: Which is best and why?

24/08/18 | Advice & Guidance, Drivers, Self Employed

For many years there wasn’t even a question about it: if you wanted to be an HGV driver you would get a job with a haulier. But in more recent history things have changed and a new opportunity has peaked it’s head around the door: self-employment.

But which is best? Does it even make much of a difference? Read on to find out.

Let’s take a frank and honest look at the pros and cons.


Self-Employment – the cons

  • The first thing to consider is that you might not have a regular, monthly salary as you have grown used to in normal employment.
  • There are more responsibilities alongside your usual driving duties to be completed – you’ve got to do some (dreaded) admin work too!
  • There’s less job security – if you’re off sick, don’t expect any sick pay. The same came be said for maternity or paternity leave.
  • If you want to have a pension you have to arrange it yourself.
  • You might not have as many colleagues to enjoy banter with.


Self-Employment – the pros

  • You really are the captain of your own ship. You get to pick the type of contracts that you enjoy working on.
  • You can enjoy a greater amount of freedom and flexibility in your working hours – if you don’t want a contract because of the hours – you don’t necessarily have to take it.
  • Your rewards are tied closely to the amount of time and effort you put in. More time and more effort (usually) mean more rewards.
  • Typically, you can expect to receive a greater take home pay for the same job – everything else being the same.


There isn’t one best solution that suits everyone. Different drivers might prefer the security offered by employment, while others will enjoy the freedom that self-employment offers. Next time we will look at the pros and cons of employment. In the meantime have a look at how our drivers are “turbo’ing” their business for £20 a week!


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