The Nuts and Bolts of Self Employment

There are over 5 million self employed folk in the UK. Small businesses are the backbone of the British economy and represent over 15% of workforce. Whether you’re a window cleaner, a plumber, a shop owner or operate an online business, you’ve taken the brave step off the corporate ladder to be your own boss.

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Small Business Basics

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Registering as self employed in the UK

Becoming self employed can be the biggest adventure of your life. You'll be your own boss and everything you do ...
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Do you pay Tax on Small Earnings in the UK?

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Do You Need a Business Bank Account in the UK?

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How Much Should I Charge?

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Thinking of becoming self employed? From invoicing customers through to picking a business name – visit this page for your checklist of essential small business knowledge.

Important dates for 2023


You are working in the tax year covering 6th April 2023 to 5th April 2024.


You should have already submitted your tax return for the tax year covering 6th April 2021 to 5th April 2022. You should now be preparing your tax return for the 2022/23 financial year (ending 5th April 2023).

TAX DEADLINE: 31 Jan 2024

The final deadline for your current tax return and any tax due is 31 Jan 2024 – this is for the 2022/23 tax year. It doesn’t cover deadlines for any payments on account. For more key dates and figures visit this page.

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Being Self Employed in the UK

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Here's the recent video all about different types of profit. You can download the spreadsheet I used underneath the video ...
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Spreadsheet Example Download (Members Only)

I've just released the second part in my mini-series about learning to use Microsoft Excel. Here's the public vid: Attached ...
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Tax and NI Calculator (Members Only)

Hey everyone! You may have already seen the public video all about National Insurance. Downloads If you want to play ...
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Hourly Rate Calculator (Members Only)

LATEST UPDATES – Jan 2023: Figures updated for the 2022/23 tax year. Downloads in .ODS Open Document format for the ...
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Pro Forma Invoice Template (Members Only)

Hi everyone! Hope you're all well and full of busy! Here's the video all about pro-forma invoices: Here's a template ...
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A few of you asked for this so hopefully it will help. This is just a really simple tracking spreadsheet ...
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Hey folks! Hope you're all well and business is good! Here's a sample invoice and quote template for that you ...
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