So, you have decided to become self-employed. You know what you want - you want to work for yourself. You want to set your own hours. You want to be in charge of your own work. But how do we make the jump from being just another cog in another business to becoming the business?

We understand that navigating the world of accounting and finance can be difficult as a freelancer or contractor. That's why we have used over twenty years of accounting experience to provide a variety of tools and guides specifically constructed for the self employed  to keep you as informed as possible.

From working out what you could earn going self-employed to deciding what business structure to use, indulge in our free resources to becoming a more informed contractor, and hopefully a better paid contractor, too.

Calculator Take Home Pay Contractor Guides

Take home pay calculator

Before you start your contracting career, it’s important to know your earning potential. Try our take home pay calculator to discover how much you could take home if you work through your own limited company.

Contractor guides

Contracting through your own limited company can be complex, but we’re here to help. We’ve used our experience of helping contractors to compile a number of in-depth guides covering all aspects of contracting life. From expenses to IR35 - we have you sorted.

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Starting Up Limited Company

Starting up

Discover all you need to know about going self-employed and hit hit the ground running. We’ve covered everything from choosing what business structure to use through to managing your earnings, so you’ve got plenty of information to hand at every stage. 

Limited company

Contracting through your own limited company is arguably the best way of operating. Here you’ll learn all you need to know about your responsibilities, setting up and some of the benefits you could enjoy.

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Downloads Expenses

Umbrella

Limited isn’t the only option available to contractors and freelancers. Explore what working under an umbrella company entails and whether this option could be right for your business needs. 

Contractor expenses

One of the benefits of contracting through your own limited company is the ability to claim tax relief on business expenses. Read to find out what counts as a business expense and how to go about claiming. 

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IR35 Specialist sectors

IR35

The tricky government legislation has even the most experienced contractors scratching their heads. We’ve outlined all you need to know about what IR35 is, how it could affect your take home pay and how to determine if you’re inside or outside. 

Special sectors

Do you work in a specific field where general contracting advice does not go deep enough? We have a wealth of experience in dealing with specialist contractors from a variety of different industries, and we have used this expertise to create a section tailored specifically for contractors in these industries. 

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Contractor Tax Finances

Contractor tax

The subject of tax can be a complicated one but we’re here to make the process simple and easy to understand. This section outlines your responsibilities, what tax you’re required to pay and whether you’re eligible for tax relief. 

Personal finances

Money management is key when you work for yourself. Our guide is here to help you plan your personal finances and make the most of your funds. 

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Insurance Tax

Insurance

If you contract through your own limited company, insurance is an important factor to keep you safe from harm. From the mandatory to the nice extras, we understand that your insurance needs are as unique as your business. Learn more about different types of insurance and what you should take out. 

2018 Tax changes

Stay up to date with all of the latest tax changes which could impact you and download our free guide. Inside you’ll find plenty of information to keep you in the loop on how to work tax efficiently. 

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Downloads FAQs

Downloads

There’s lots to remember when you work for yourself, but we’re here to help you stay on top of things. We’ve pulled everything you need into one handy hub so you’re always prepared. 

FAQs

Got a question about contracting? You can find all you need to know in our list of frequently asked questions with comprehensive answers from our top accountants. 

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