Setting up Self Employed

Becoming self employed is a dream for many people but there are a few things you need to know before you embark on the exciting journey of being your own boss. Business Structure You may need to think about the business structure that you need. Thousands of people begin as sole traders and this does suit most start-up businesses but it may be worth asking advice from a trusted business advisor to make sure that this is the best structure for your business. If you are going into business with one or more other people you can set up a partnership or a limited liability company, both of which come with pros and cons of their own. Regardless of the of business structure you choose you will need to register yourself as being in business. It may be as simple as filling in an online form with HMRC or could be slightly more complex depending on your requirements. If you are in any doubt at all you need to speak to someone who can impartially advise you about the process. Legal Responsibilities You must check if there are legal requirements for your type of business. Do you need a licence or a permit or some type of insurance? Being self employed is not just a case of beginning trading! Where Where will you work? Can you run your business from home or do you need an office or storage space? If you’re to be manufacturing goods do you need a factory or processing plant? If you rent or buy a business property you will need to register for and...
Paying HMRC by personal credit card

Paying HMRC by personal credit card

From 13 January 2018 HMRC will no longer be accepting payments made from personal credit cards. HMRC is only allowed to accept credit card payments on the basis that there is no cost to the public purse, and the EU Payment Services Directive 2, which comes into effect on this date, prohibits merchants (including HMRC) from recharging associated fees back to customers. Corporate, business and commercial credit cards are not affected by this change and HMRC will continue to accept personal and commercial debit cards. Customers will continue to have alternative payment options including: Direct DebtFaster PaymentBACSDebit CardCHAPS Details of ways to pay self assessment can be found on GOV.UK https://www.gov.uk/pay-self-assessment-tax-bill Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new...