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Guide to freelancing/setting up as consultant?

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wibbleweed Mon 13-Oct-08 10:07:12

Hi there - I've recently started as a freelance (ecological) consultant, and am trying to find a useful guide/book that will help me get started, particularly with regards to tax, NI, insurance needs, what expenses I can claim etc.

All the books I've found tend to be aimed at newly self employed in the small business sense and major on business plans/suppliers/selling a product rather than being aimed at a one man band freelance...

If anyone has come across anything useful, do please let me know - thanks J xxx

lingle Mon 13-Oct-08 10:20:47

Dear Wibble,

Welcome to the world of self-employment.

When I set up four years ago, I was sent a book called "cutting through the red tape: the right way to start your business" by the Inland Revenue. A search around the government "directgov" site may reveal some similar goodies.....

moeaw Mon 13-Oct-08 11:41:20

I found to be pretty good when I set up last year.

chocolatelady Mon 13-Oct-08 11:46:18

You can get oyur own stationary on they do free business cards. Start saving all your receipts as al of of it is tax deductable. I have been working on my own for a year. Yoiu really need to keep focus as there are loads of ups and downs! Good luck!

hatwoman Mon 13-Oct-08 23:09:33

why buy a book when you've got mn? although I've yet to do my first tax return I found the transition pretty easy: key rules - phone up the tax office and register as s-e. keep a spreadsheet with your expenses. I'm going to find you a link to a couple of helpful threads.

if you're using your existing contacts and provide a simple research-type service then it's pretty straight forward.

hatwoman Mon 13-Oct-08 23:13:28


hatwoman Mon 13-Oct-08 23:16:20

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