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
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.....
You can get oyur own stationary on Vistaprint.com 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!
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.