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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 have charges attached to them, it can make sense to try to avoid these costs and using a...
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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 great mindset to be in if you already are! I’ll help you understand the next steps. If ...
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Do I need an accountant?

July 30, 2018
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 the favourite feast stage), it’s common sense to question where you are spendin...
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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. All the fun things. But whilst marketing is understandably sexy and fun, there are ...
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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 either financial or practical reasons, so you may find yourself working from home. As your...
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Keeping paperwork isn’t everyone’s strong point. And that’s okay. HMRC have realised this, and in an unusual attempt to help you claim some of the more complex expenses, they have created simplified expenses....
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One of the first decisions that you need to make when you decide to start your own business, is whether to be self employed or trade through a Limited Company. Your initial response may be to ask around; see what friends or family do. Maybe even ask on a social media forum. ...
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Just because you have made some money, doesn’t mean you have a business. And just because you’re making a loss or breaking even, doesn’t mean that what you are doing is a hobby. There is a grey and wobbly line that separates the two, but it’s important to know the d...
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What is a payment on account?

December 21, 2017
It’s January and your accountant sits you down and tells you your tax liability and it’s high. Way higher than you expected. Panic begins to set in. This can’t be right you say to yourself. They must have calculated it wrong.Welcome to the world of your first payment o...
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True or False: You won’t have to pay any tax until your income exceeds the personal allowance? This isn’t a trick question by the way. It is true. However, I wanted to start with this question because it is often believed that unless you exceed the personal allowance you...
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