Accountancy for creative freelancers

Running your own business is tough

I should know! As a freelancer myself, I’m well aware of the daily struggles that come with working for yourself. But, you don’t have to do it all. I take care of the financial side of things for freelancers across the UK, from copywriters to web designers, allowing them to spend more time on the work they love.

Parenthood is no walk in the park either

And on top of running your own business? It can feel like it's impossible. When I started my business my son was just 18 months old and, a few years down the line, he’s still interrupting my video calls by running in to tell me he needs a poo. So, yes, I get it - and I’m here to make things easier for you.

I'm Claire

And I’m far from being a big, corporate firm with hundreds of accounts to look after. I’m a one-woman accounting and Xero specialist team based in my home office in Cardiff - and that’s exactly why my clients choose me.

A friendship and trust is formed that you’re just not going to get with a larger firm. I’ll chat to you freelancer to freelancer. Parent to parent. As someone who understands your situation and wants to help.

I'm good at my job

As an award-winning AAT licensed accountant, I’m more than qualified to help you out in whichever way suits you best. From personal tax returns to looking after your accounts, I’m all over it.

Or, if you’d just like to feel more in control of your finances, I’m a certified Xero advisor and can train you up to handle your accounts like a pro.

Limited Company or self-employed: what is the difference?

What is the difference between trading through a Limited Company or deciding to be self-employed? Are they taxed the same? Can you only be VAT registered if you have a Limited Company? If youRead more

How should I price my services?

Starting your own business is exciting. You may be doing it for the thrill of stepping into the unknown and seeing where your dream can take you. Or maybe it’s about being your own boss and settingRead more

Should I register for VAT?

There may come a time when you will start to wonder whether becoming VAT registered will benefit your business. You could reach this point before you even begin trading but it might never cross yourRead more

Do I need a business bank account?

When you first begin to trade, you may question whether you need to set up a business bank account or whether you can use your personal bank account. As business bank accounts typically haveRead more

How much money should I set aside to pay my personal tax bill?

Once you’ve been working freelance for a while and have started to make a bit of money, you might want to start to think about how much you need to set aside to pay in tax. This is a greatRead more

Do I need an accountant?

I’ve recently come across a number of freelancers asking if they need an accountant. It’s a fair question, as when you are starting up, or if your business is in a famine stage (rather than theRead more

Do I need accounting software to do my bookkeeping?

Be honest. What’s your bookkeeping setup like? Or in simpler terms, how do you keep track of the finances for your small business? It’s pretty common for bookkeeping to sit right at the bottomRead more

I've started a business. What do I need to do now?

You have decided to start your own business and you are ready to go. This first thing you may decide to do is join a networking group. Get a logo made. Google how to get your first customers. AllRead more

What is a Directors Loan Account?

The first time most business owners hear the term Directors Loan Account, is when they sit down with their accountant to discuss their Limited Company year-end accounts. I know from taking clientRead more

How can I withdraw money from my Limited Company?

You’ve decided to set up and trade through a Limited Company. It’s started to make money and that money is sat in the bank account. You now want to get paid. So, you can just take the money fromRead more

What is IR35 and how will I know if it affects me?

IR35 in the name of the legislation that HMRC has created to crack down on contractors who should really be employees. If you have recently set up a Limited Company and your business has only oneRead more

If I work from home, how can I claim for these costs?

If you rent an office or workshop, then the figure you can put through your tax return is fairly straightforward. However, for a lot of small businesses, renting isn’t an option for eitherRead more
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