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.

Recent Small Business Articles

Starling Bank review

Starling Bank review – are high street banks dead?

I'm a big fan of challenger banks in the UK. The big players have caused enough problems over the years ...
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How to use iZettle to take Credit and Debit Cards

How do you use an iZettle credit card reader?

Being able to accept credit cards is essential for any modern business. Cash is dead and moving with the times ...
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Tide Bank Account Review

Tide account review: Is a Tide account right for me?

As a small business owner one of the first things you need to sort out is a bank account. With ...
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HMRC Digital Services Threshold

Digital Downloads and the EU VAT MOSS Debacle

Do you sell digital products such as downloadable software or electronic training courses? Welcome to a whole new world of ...
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Twitter hacked in 2020

Is it time to stop using Twitter as a free support platform?

If there's one thing that the Covid pandemic has highlighted it's that we're far from ready for an 'all online' ...
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iZettle Payment Links

How do you take remote payments with iZettle?

Did you know you can take remote payments using iZettle? In this article I'm taking a look at the 'Pay-by-Link' ...
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Browse all public articles here or member-only content here.

Small Business Basics

Small Business Toolbox - UK Self Employment Information

What is National Insurance?

National Insurance in the UK is a tax that a lot of self employed folk seem to forget about. It's ...
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Pro Forma Invoice

How to get Paid in Advance? Pro Forma Invoices!

There are often situations in business where you may need to get paid in advance for products or services. For ...
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What is an Invoice

What is an Invoice?

So you've thought of an awesome business name, you've registered for self employment, you've set up your business bank account ...
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Do You Need a Business Bank Account

Do You Need a Business Bank Account in the UK?

OK, so you've picked your business name. You've sorted your domain names. You've got your social media accounts sorted. Let's ...
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What Name for my Business

Choosing a Business Name?

It may sound trivial, but selecting a good name for your business is one of the FIRST things you need ...
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How Much to Charge when Self Employed

How Much Should I Charge?

One of the most fundamental things you need to get vaguely right before you set up any business is deciding ...
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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.

About this Site

Welcome to the Small Business Toolbox! I’m Andy Mac and I’ve been self employed for AAAAGES! This is a no-nonsense and completely independent guide to self employment and small business life in the UK. Written by the self employed, for the self employed.

Running a small business can be one of the most exciting experiences of your life. It all starts with being self employed and this site is here to keep you company on your self-made journey.

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Important dates for 2020/2021


You are working in the tax year covering 6th April 2020 to 5th April 2021.


You should be working on or have submitted your tax return for the tax year covering 6th April 2019 to 5th April 2020.

TAX DEADLINE: 31 Jan 2021

The final deadline for your current tax return is 31 Jan 2021 — this is for the 2019/20 tax year. It doesn’t cover deadlines for any payments on account and also doesn’t cater for any additional factors caused by the Coronavirus outbreak. For more key dates and figures visit this page.

Recent Member-Only Articles

Is Cash Dead

Profit Explained Spreadsheet (Members Only)

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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Small Business Toolbox - Self Employment an Small Business Tips

Spreadsheet Example Download (Members Only)

Hey folks! Hope you're all well, staying safe and coping in these difficult times! I've just released the second part ...
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Tax and Accounts in the UK

Tax and NI Calculator (Members Only)

Hey everyone! You may have already seen the public video all about National Insurance. If you want to play along ...
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How Much Should I Charge

Hourly Rate Calculator (Members Only)

Hey folks - hope you're all well! LOTS of updates to the hourly rates spreadsheet for you. This new version ...
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