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

Tide bank review 2022

Tide bank review – updated for 2022

As a small business owner you almost certainly need a dedicated business bank account. This can take weeks or even ...
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Advantages of a limited company

Advantages of a limited company

So you've set up in business, you're making money and everything is good. But have you thought about having your ...
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How to use iZettle to take Credit and Debit Cards

How to use a Zettle 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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Starling Bank review

Starling Bank review for 2022 – 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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Tide Cashflow Insights

Tide introduce Cashflow Insights – so what is it?

Tide have identified a pain point of most small businesses and that’s cash flow management. Cashflow Insights from Tide is ...
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Rishi Sunak Spring 2022

Finally! A sensible threshold for UK National Insurance

It's taken a global pandemic and a potential world war but the UK is finally scrapping the legacy and utterly ...
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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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Tax on Small Earnings in the UK

Do you pay Tax on Small Earnings in the UK?

Here's a really commonly asked question, do you pay tax on small earnings in the UK? So for example income ...
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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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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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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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Sole Trader vs Limited Company

Limited company or sole trader – what’s the difference?

In the UK there are normally two options for setting up in business. You can either be a limited company ...
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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 2022/2023

CURRENT TAX YEAR: 2022/23

You are working in the tax year covering 6th April 2022 to 5th April 2023.

TAX RETURN YEAR: 2021/22

You should have submitted your tax return for the tax year covering 6th April 2021 to 5th April 2022.

TAX DEADLINE: 31 Jan 2023

The final deadline for your current tax return and any tax due is 31 Jan 2023 — this is for the 2021/22 tax year. It doesn’t cover deadlines for any payments on account. 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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Advantages of a limited company

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 Accounts in the UK

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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How Much Should I Charge

Hourly Rate Calculator (Members Only)

Updated for the 2021/22 tax year and I've also added a new .ods format for those of you who don't ...
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