Working for yourself can be one of the most challenging and drastic changes in your professional life. It will require you to have knowledge of everything from your own industry to company structures to IR35.

Here at Nixon Williams we have been providing contractors and freelancers sound-proof advice for over twenty years. We have taken all of this knowledge and created sections in this hub that answer the questions we get asked the most, as well as the ones we think are most important to you when working for yourself.

Contractor Freelancer IR35

Differences between contractors & freelancers

There is a lot of misconception between the differences between contractors and freelancers. Here we examine the contrast between the two as well as exploring other alternatives.

How do I get started as a contractor?

Are you a first-time contractor? We have compiled this guide to how to get started as a first-time contractor. 

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Contractor CVs Contractor How Much

How to write a contractor CV

Are you an aspiring contractor but struggling to re-write your CV to be specific for contracting? Read our contractor CV tips to craft the perfect CV.

How much can I earn as a contractor?

Venturing into contracting? Find out just how much you can earn by becoming a contractor with our advice page.

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Expenses Contracting Limited Company

Which business structure is right for me?

Deciding how to operate when working for yourself is one of the most important decisions you will make as a contractor or freelancer. In this section we break down the different business structures used in the UK and what is available to you. 

Contracting through a limited company

The most popular way of contracting is to set up a limited company. On this page we detail how to contract through a limited company and its advantages.

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Sole trader vs Limited Umbrella vs Limited

Sole trader vs. limited company

If you are wondering between setting up as a sole trader or a limited company, do not worry. Our guide will explain the advantages & disadvantages of both.

Limited company or umbrella company?

Are you torn between contracting through a limited company or an umbrella company? We have outlined the difference between both, as well as any potential positives & drawbacks from each structure.

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Pensions Registering Company

Choosing a limited company name

Within certain industries, a name is very important. We have been giving naming advice for limited companies for over twenty years - and in this section we have provided the dos and don’ts when naming your organisation.

When do I have to register a company legally?

As a limited company owner you will eventually have to register your organisation with the central government. We have detailed guidelines on when and how to do this.

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Choosing an Accountant Personal Service Company

Choosing an accountant

Have you decided to work through a limited company? You will need to choose an accountant. Find out how to pick the right one for you.

What is a personal service company?

Ever wondered what a personal service company is? Read our guide to understand what they are & how they relate to IR35.

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Withdrawing Money FAQs

How to withdraw money out of your limited company

Taking money out of your own company to pay as salary isn’t as easy as going to the ATM. We have created this guide to how to take money out of your business.

Frequently Asked Questions

We may not have managed to answer all your questions in these guides. Do not worry - we have curated our most frequently asked questions when starting a business and answered all on one page.

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If you have any questions regarding, becoming a contractor, expenses or how to set up a limited company please call our new business team on 01253 362062 or email newbusiness@nixonwilliams.com