Bri19876 months ago

just clear up, we`re you employed or self employed?  

MDG Ltd5 months ago

Hi Guys. So after 2 years of selling online, i must change my courier company, which is Hermes. I'm just tired when i hear that clients have not received item, client received not all items, parcels are not in our system, delays with delivery, i cannot scale my business anymore with this crap quality. What would you recommend guys. I need dropoff option, and tracking, and can be option to take a sign from customers. I need have option to import ebay orders automatically. No royal mail - because they got problems too with lost parcels. I have OBA but its to complicated for me. No companies who using self employed couriers - i see how they messing up. Parcels - 1 - 2kg normal sizes. Drop off because i'm working 9:30 - 5:30 - no one at home when courier would come to pickup.  

Porker4 months ago

Hello Im in the process of setting up my cleaning business and wondering if anyone could offer any advice. I would like to employ 5 cleaners to start with as I have done some advertising and I am receiving work already. My company is a registered limited company and I also have public liability insurance. My question is the method of employment, I am unsure wether to have my cleaners as self employed staff where I would charge clients a booking fee and the cleaner is paid cash or have them on another contract whereby I would be responsible for their PAYE and all funds from the client would be paid directly to me in which I would then pay their salaries. Does anyone know anything about this area? what would be the best method and contracts? I would appreciate any help or advice  

Corrie19994 months ago

Background: I am a destination wedding planner and previously I only travelled from the UK to Europe when their was an event and therefore put my travel and accommodation expenses in the accounts. I then put through £10 a month use of home for my uk residence. (At this point I also had a full time UK job in addition to this self employed work) This summer I quit the full time job and went self employed completely. In order to reduce the travelling I spent an extended period in the area I cover in Europe rather than flying backwards and forwards. Please note I am still a UK resident. Query: 1. For the months I am back in the UK I will put through the £10 use of home as normal? 2. For the period I was away I have put through my inbound and outbound flights plus any travel expenses incurred directly relating to an event. Can I claim any accommodation expenses? For the whole period or just around the dates I had events? As well as staying there I was also using the accommodation to work from my laptop etc Any assistance would be appreciated. Thank you  

Pete_W4 months ago

Hello I'm Amanda and have recently gone self employed as a Crafts and Holistics fair organiser in November 2010. It's surprising how many arts and crafts in Stoke on Trent have contacted me for a venue to sell their wares at. I also hand knit bespoke one off knitted designs in clothing and novelties or toys. I have been an experienced hand knitter for 38 yrs and can put my needles at almost any design idea. My sons have recently found me a retail unit a small one to make my dream come true of a knitting paradise. The idea is a wool shop with a difference. I will be selling reclaimed yarns, hand spun yarns, reclaimed needles and buttons and patterns through the years of 1940 to present day ... along with modern yarns etc. I have it all mapped out but am struggling to get wholesale suppliers for yarns at the right price. Two have contacted me today stating that their minimum order is £300 but in their words... "you can't afford it" . I have a limited budget but wish to sell from the shop, ebay, etsy and any where else I can sell from . Also offering knitting lessons, pattern reading etc. Welcome to any advice for advertising, funding, suppliers etc.. Regards Amanda  

FordOwner4 months ago

Hi There, just seen this post as I've been away a little while, but also posted on the the other thread about making a full time business group. Personally, i was thinking of making the UKBF meeting into a more of a social type thing, and then trying to kick start from it a real networking/business club. From what i have experienced in other meetings i have been too, i usually find when a group of people/strangers who don't know each other well meet up, to break the ice they usually introduce themselves. So if we all had a few mins each to kind of take the floor and say Hi my name is...... and my business is........Click to expand... This will make this meeting more of a business type thing, rather than just a curry with the lads and lasses. And of course as all self employed people (including me) love to talk about what they do and how they do it better than everybody else, then i imagine the majority of the conversations will be focused on business. But at the same time, this is just a forum/website, so i was actually thinking it was more of a way for people to put faces to the names. It makes much more sense reading these posts/threads when you can visualise and understand the type of person the poster is. So if this was to be "a get to know each other", and the business club gives you a real time slot to present your work to other members properly with laptops, hand outs and presentations etc, maybe that would work a little better. I personally think we should make a date and just get on with it like they did in Manchester a few weeks back, which was very successful and was just a social meet up. All the best Ian  

MDG Ltd4 months ago

Hi Were offering a unique proposal for self employed sales reps for Software development. It knowledge is relevant. You may build a team of canvassers for the services were offering. Our services Bespoke software development Product development ERP Solutions Paperless solutions for business Php and customised Web development Web application Development Mobile App development Integration services Reporting / billing module development Whats in it for you? Our pricing are attractive for our clients, therefore we offer between 20-25% per project. Our example based projects start from £5000 as the very minimum - can go upto £200000 per project. Ideal business opportunity for a business / sales rep which like to partner up with us. Or even a self employed individual, you have a opportunity to build a team. Furthermore you'd have the opportunity to sell our products which are due for release this Dec. For monthly revenue stream. Please pm me.  

FordOwner4 months ago

Hi looking for spongebob on after reading several interesting forum chats on here, I am requesting advice for my brother who has got himself in a muddle with his limited company basically he set up 18 months ago and started trading through Lloyd's bank for his self employed off shore earnings as most offshore men do, he hasn't a clue about business and wouldn't be told he hired an accountant but from what I can make out didn't stay in contact with him he went off as a one man band .... Well now has found himself with approx £27000 tax bill as his estranged accountant told him last week, I know he earns 78,000 last p60 he received and basically he hasn't paid any tax or NI, he is naive and has been paid vast amounts of money lived the high life and is now seriously regretting it and struggling to think what he will do, his idea is to dissolve the company and set up a new one this ridding himself of the tax debt??? I have advised him against and to offer tax office monthly contributions but he wants to start a fresh and do things properly? Can you help and can this be done? Can he set up another company and leave his old buisness behind? I think the tax office will still come after the old tax if he does that but his so called offshore friends have told him they have done this and reset up? I'm not so sure but they still work offshore and earn self employed wages which has to be paid into a business account so they must do, I can't for the life of me think why men earning that sort of money can't pay but he wants to start afresh and thinks he can dissolve the tax debt and start agin?? And this time have an accountant and I will do the books as we didn't know what mess he was in til last week any help would be most appreciated kind regards  

R2_Amazeballs4 months ago

Is anyone else self employed and claiming working tax credit? I was advised by a friend that because i am just starting out and I have no capital or savings that I could put down Zero income but claim my hours. I would then be entitled to full tax working tax credits. Does this sound right? I am just concerned because i have had so much trouble with working tax credits before and i am still trying to get back working tax credits due to me since January, whilst working full time in the NHS so when i do make my change of circumstances, i want to ensure that i do get things right and maybe they wont make any errors this time. I have two children under 16 and i am a single parent if that helps.  

Porker4 months ago

Why does your friend want to buy half of your business? What advantage is it going to bring you? What advantage is it bringing them over simply going self employed themselves and developing their own customer base over the next 6 months? If there's such high demand that you're turning away business on a daily basis, have you considered raising your prices? This may then put you in a better position to develop this into a business with enough income to employ cleaners as @Ashley_Price has suggested. Running a business with staff is a different game and not something everyone wants but as you're talking about going into partnership with your friend, it seems you may be interested in growth. However the partnership doesn't seem like it would bring any value to you other than the original "buy in"? I would think carefully before splitting anything with anyone.  

petHead4 months ago

Hi, not been on this forum for ages. Actually forgot I signed up! Looking to make the jump to become self employed and get things motoring along. Dunno if this is the place to ask, but here goes. If I claim WTC, do I put £0 for income on the claim form due to no making any money yet? Or do I put down projected earnings? Thanks  

petHead4 months ago

Hi there, I'm looking for self employed tradesmen/maintenance people and carpet fitters in Nottingham. I run a new maintenance business in Nottingham and London. As we are growing we need additional tradesman that can cover a few jobs. I can give plenty of notice so it'll work work well with your current workload. Generally speaking he majority of the jobs we get in a small jobs between 2-6 hours. All our jobs are pre booked time slots. So if a jobs booked at 2 hours and it only takes you an hour, you still get paid for the 2 hours. You need you're own vehicle and tools. As the business continues to grow so will the work load. message me if you are interested or if you know someone who is. Thanks Patrick letscando.com  

Corrie19994 months ago

cashboy said: ↑ As an accountant; I would always advise the Ltd Company route. Other considerations are: Claiming Tax Credits (you show low salary and easy to show wage slips and P60's than self employed accounts; also private account does not show business transaction) Liability against personal claims especially if doing building work and can damage client's property though you should have insurance cover anyway but often this insurance would not cover you. Inland Revenue investigate more self-employed accounts than Ltd Corporation Tax Returns by about 10 times. With the economic climate as it is and going to be in 2009; it is much easier to sign on if no work by issuing a P45.Click to expand... Hi I have to agree, most people i know who work in the construction industry are now LTD due to being charged £22.00 per week through a payment company so they can get there wages. I have to disagree that a director can claim tax credits, theses credits are for people who are on poor wages but the law is the law. Thanks Alex-a  

MDG Ltd4 months ago

My friend worked for company which didn't give him payslips. He is self employed. And now he would like to fill tax return. How he can check amount of tax deducted from his earnings. Maybe, he should call to HMRC and just ask. Do you have another solution ? Thanks in advance  

Mary4 months ago

Hi all, My apologies if this is a really dumb question but I can't find a decent answer that relates to the UK rather than the US. I am a self employed consultant. Lots of meets, presentations and conferences etc. I also play rugby. The latter resulted in a few missing teeth. Because appearance is important to my work, can I claim the cost of private dental treatment is a tax deductible expense? Thanks in advance for your time, Dan  

Corrie19994 months ago

Just thought i would say a quick hello to my fellow Yorkies, I have just set up a new PAT testing company based in Doncaster. I have been self employed as a domestic electrician for the last 2 years but have decided i would like to get into commercial PAT testing in a big way so am focusing on building up a regular client list at the minute.  

R2_Amazeballs4 months ago

Hi my name is Gordon, and I have been working as a self employed structured cabling engineer for the last couple of years. I have done a fair bit of contracting during this time. I also have a few repeat customers of my own through contacts from my 10 years as an employee. Basically am looking for some tips or advice on growing a small business and would be very interested to hear from anyone who may require my services! Thanks  

Mary4 months ago

ethical PR said: ↑ I think you need to learn to read Toby. Nowhere did the OP mention he was looking to stop being employed and then as you so nicely put it 'sponge off the state". I would much rather someone, got some benefits from the state, while they were starting up a business which would enable them to get off benefits and be self-sufficient.Click to expand... I think you need to learn to understand what you are reading Ethical. He said he was thinking of going self employed and wanted to know what benefits he could get. If he was going to remain employed he wouldn't be looking at benefits would he. I also said, because he hadn't made it clear, that if he was already on benefits/unemployed then he has nothing to lose and just needs to get on with it. Have you ever read any of the posts on the insolvency forum? So many of them are "businesses" that started without enough funding, little or no experience of the field the enteted and they have failed within a year. Encouraging someone to start a business when they don't even have enough money to feed and shelter themselves is frankly irresponsible.  

MechExp4 months ago

Just joined the site. Lived in Norwich for 28 years so not sure if I'm still classified as a 'comer-in'. I'm a self employed consultant offering assistance with design and implementation of ISO management system standards (especially ISO 9001/14001) through to certification. Particularly keen to help with business performance improvement and supplement smaller organisations with their internal auditing requirements. Indeed, I can advise on any aspect of the ISO standards that companies may find too onerous or if their business management system isn't delivering the added value or competitive advantage that it should. Jane Henderson Management Systems  

Bri19874 months ago

Could we add a few more things here which crop up regularly: Preparing dividends vouchers: http://www.ir35calc.co.uk/dividend_documentation.aspx Dividends / Tax explained: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/MoneyTaxAndBenefits/Taxes/TaxOnSavingsAndInvestments/DG_4016453 Use of home as office - if you are a director http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/manuals/eimanual/EIM32760.htm Use of home as office - sole trader (self employed) http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/manuals/bimmanual/BIM47800.htm  

Matchmaker14 months ago

RPower said: ↑ Take a step back and consider things. She's found herself pregnant, but things can become different when your body goes through all the changes that pregnancy brings. Personally, I think everyone's entitled to maternity and paternity leave at that, but considering her needs and that of her unborn child, maybe the both of you can come to a solution that suits you i.e. her working part time or flexible hours until she's eight to nine months gone. Ultimately, for a mother to spend the first few months of her child's life with the baby is a very important thing. Once time is lost, it can never be reclaimed.Click to expand... I do not disagree with what you are saying, but if that was remotely on the cards then she should not have started a business or made ife changing plans with someone else (the OP). A business at first takes far more than it gives out. So to then dump all of that on someone else after making a commitment to them is selfish. Plans change, its a fact of life, but they should be bending over backwards to make it better on the partner left (excuse the pun) holding the baby. I would be more than peeved. When I first went self employed I was working 15-20 hour days trying to get business in, I was going to bed clenching my teeth with stress getting in to more debt living pay cheque to pay cheque. Over time it gets easier, but at the minute all of that stress and pressue is being left with the OP. Decisions have to be made, work has to be done and that is now being dumped on 1 person rather than being shared between the 2 of them as was originally agreed. I would try and come to some agreement on how you should be receiving the lions share of any income and if not then I would either close it down (sod buying them out) and re-open. to me, it is selfish at best, deceitful at worst.  

Bri19874 months ago

Morning guys, I'm a freelance IT consultant. Was self employed for a couple of years way back when and have decided to work as a contractor again. It's going ok and I am currently working for a new software development house as a UK Business Development Manager / Agile project manager. I'm based in Bristol but my home town is Portsmouth. I've got over 5 years experience in the IT sector and over 11 years experience in b2b sales. I am at pre sales level on Dell blades (did all my training and exams via Capita in a previous life ) and my specialism is data networking (Cisco networks ) / IT hardware. I focus on freelance IT PM work, BDM work, Pre sales and AM work. I'm a mix of commercial and technical. Going back to the project I am on at the moment the company I work for are a new Software development house We're wanting to network and establish relationships with businesses in the region (South west and South Coast ) and there is a few things we cover. Software development - can elaborate Business application development - concept to delivery Mobile application development - ipad iphone and Android Web development -specializing in E Commerce consultancy and sites Digital marketing and brand recognition So kind of a one stop shop for use of a buzz word. Would be interested in talking to some of you about projects or just for an informal introduction to what we do. Always interested in networking events too.  

Pete_W4 months ago

Hello Looking for some advise here. I'm a designer and am currently in full time employment. I will be leaving work in October to go freelance, however so I don't make the jump without a pipeline of clients, I'm starting to take on 'private' work to make the transition from employed - self employed as painless as possible. My question is, do i need to register as a Sole Trader now or can this be left until October. If I do need to register now, will me current employers find out? Thanks in advance  

Bri19874 months ago

There simply isn't enough information to answer your question. For a start, I'd guess that part of your income has been paid to you as salary, in which case you should have a P60 and put the relevant details on the Employment Pages of the return. Then I'd guess that the balance is paid to you as dividends, in which case you should have dividend warrants and should put the relevant figures in the dividends part of the return, which is on page 3 of the paper form. You seem to be in the self employment pages. If what I've said above is correct, you aren't self employed and shouldn't be in there.  

Watergirl4 months ago

oh yeah...i used the p60 to fill in the "employed part" and a "statement upto 5/4/09" from the umbrella for the self employed part. The statement shows Gross amount paid(excl vat) £X Tax deducted £X (which is spot on 20%)  

Bri19874 months ago

My friend has written two books, hes a complete technophobe (although he managed to write the books – took ten years!) and we’ve come to an agreement that i will publish the books, take care of websites, marketing, press pictures and promo videos in return for a 50/50 split on cleared royalties. I’m self employed, well just started out and looking to use my SE company name (well ‘trading as’ name) as the publisher – just need to create a publishing agreement that would also specify the 50/50 split. How long would / could i make the agreement last for ? I guess incase of death, it would be handed down, incase of my death, the managing of the accounts (paypal/amazon) will also be handed over to a next of kin. …. He used to have the books on nospine .com and said he was offered £50k for film rights, could i factor any film rights monies into the contract? Ie this will also be split 50/50. November 21, 2016 at 8:12 pm #163551 TokatronHi, is there any chance of joining your project? I’m looking to get some experience. Thanks  "The power of imagination makes us infinite"

Mary4 months ago

Hi, Recently been working in a direct sales role with a solar panel firm. Wont discuss too many details but basically they are being investigated for dodgy sales tactics, and also due to their affiliation with SAS alarms ( shut down for ripping off pensioners). I found all this out last week and have been looking for a similar role since then. Maybe the wrong place to post this but thought I'd give it a try. I'm based in Edinburgh by the way. Does anybody know of, or run any solar panel companies who would be looking to bring in staff, even on a self employed commission only basis  

Mary4 months ago

Hi there, I am new to all of this and a little confused! I am thinking about going self employed and working for myself but I am unsure whether I will even get any customers or how much money I will earn per week. If I was to go Self Employed are there any benefits I would be eligible for? Perhaps Housing Benefit, Council Tax benefit or any of the other ones? And since I will not know how much I will be earning how will they know how much money I am eligible for? Do they just estimate it? I would also like to know if there are any Job Centre initiatives that would help me if I was to become self employed? As I would really like to work for myself but its very scary at the moment not knowing if I will earn enough to pay my bills. Many thanks.  

MechExp4 months ago

Asked a million times before, but here is some background. I have just started a small ice cream manufacturing company producing ice cream with a family member. We both have full or part time jobs so already do self assessments as self employed. We have all product and public liability insurances and will require no credit from suppliers nor loans or finance. We are only going to turnover between 3 -5,000 per year as it is only a hobby business. Is there any point in us being a limited company?  

MDG Ltd4 months ago

Just had a letter stating that I owe Class 2 contributions dating back to 2006, I probably should have paid them for 2006 and 2007 but my earnings were on the threshold and I can't remember whether they fell below or above it... I haven't been self employed since 2008 so I hope I'm not liable for the whole lot, my question though is, due to the fact that they have left it for 6 years to contact me regarding this, anything I do legitimately owe is now at the higher rate as it wasn't paid off before the start of the next tax year, is there any way of appealing against the higher rate due to their inefficiency or do I just pucker up and take it?  

petHead4 months ago

HMRC do give a bit of leeway in registering as self employed. You have until October after the end of the tax year to register so if you can leave it until you see if you actually make any money.  

MDG Ltd4 months ago

good evening i am looking for some help as to how in laimens terms i sort out what i pay the taxman being registered as self employed and employed let me tell you my story. last year i had an idea to start selling heated clothing on ebay with some success.soon ebay were on to me that i had to become a registered business. i already work full time for a company on paye.so away i went on the internet and soon i had registered as a sole trader and signed up to vat.BIG MISTAKE i now know i had no reason to register for vat. i have been getting letters saying i owe £40 every couple of month so i have been paying it. i have now unregistered for vat and i was wondering if you guys could tell me how i would work out how much tax i have to pay what with being employed and self employed. i have materials to pay for then i sell the item i have paypal fees ebay fees and postage fees any help would be great last year my total sales were only around £1500 and i earn around 20k which i have already payed tax and national insurance on thank you in advance aaron  

R2_Amazeballs4 months ago

Hello! This is my first post here. I have tried to call the HMRC helpline but never got through to anyone so I hope someone can help me out here. I have a permanent, full time job but I do some casual freelance work as a proof reader so I registered as self employed for that. Last financial year I only earned £425 from my freelance work. This is the second time I'm trying to fill in my self assessment online and my question is: do I mention my full time job? When I did, I got an estimate to pay over one thousand pounds in account even though all the tax pertaining to my full time position is dealt with by the company that employs me. When I omitted my full time job, it said I had no tax to pay, which can't be right either. Is there some box I have to tick? Thanks in advance for your replies. Joana  

Watergirl4 months ago

Self Employed

Is there anything that says you cant be both self employed and employed?  

Corrie19994 months ago

Hi all, I am a young gas fitter specialising in heating/ boiler installations. I have been working for a company run by a family member for the past 3 years but feel that the time will soon come for me to "fly the nest" and make a name for myself. I have wanted to run my own company since I started to think realistically about what I wanted to do with my life (by realistically I mean when I accepted the fact that becoming a professional footballer just wasn't on the cards for me). At present it is not a great idea for me to jump in at the deep end and start a company. My hope is to build up my own custom in my area, whilst still working for my current boss. I am self employed but work 5 days per week on a council contract, installing 5 full heating systems per week. So any private work that I do under my own name will be at weekend for the time being. I have made myself a website in an attempt to sell my services, however I have no idea how to attract people there. I have literally no money to spend on advertising/ marketing (the joys of being a 22yr old dad) so i will have to do it all myself. Does anybody have any advice on how to get my name out there and build up my own client base? Thanks  

Col Minessota4 months ago

Hi all, I am new to this site and am looking for the following info. 1 - I am at present unemployed and am starting up as self employed after gaining employment with three companies who require me to be classed as a sole trader as part of the contract between us. I will be moving on to the governments "new enterprise allowance" but I need some sort of grant or loan to get the items I need, as I have nothing to put into the business myself. I have asked friends and family and they either will not or cannot help, so any suggestions? 2 - One of the contracts is to design a low level modular course in book-keeping and I am looking for businesses who still have paper based invoices and receipts from years ago that are gathering dust on a shelf anywhere, over 7 years old as an example? This paperwork will be used as examples of income and expenditure for the students to record against on the course. I can give a signed letter to state that they will only be used for educational purposes and references from the company involved to confirm. This will save me the headache of having to think up such stuff. I am also willing to pay (within budget) for the said items. Can anyone help? Cheers Scott  

petHead4 months ago

Becoming a freelancer is an increasingly popular career move and often an attractive alternative to being an employee. Using our freelance advice on topics such as IR35, registering as a sole trader and as self employed, find out how you could start freelancing.

Bri19874 months ago

You need to register as a self employed individual with the Inland Revenue. You can register yourself as a sole trader and then start doing web design work. You don't need to register at Companies House. This is only necessary when setting up a Limited Company, which you probably won't need to do to begin with. It can be done later if you decide a Limited Company is beneficial to you for tax reasons or organisational reasons.  

petHead4 months ago

Hi , myself and my co workers have worked for the same company for the last 6 years years. 2 years ago some of my co workers were asked to go self employed, everything would stay the same , hours and wages. If not they did not agree then they would lose their jobs. They all agreed. 2 years on they are working full time still , the same contracted hours, nothing has changed . I am just wondering why would a company would ask staff to go self employed on the same wages and hours ? The only thing i can think of is to get out of paying tax ? It's not because the company is going bust.  

Porker4 months ago

Hi, Just started my own Driveway Business and have two guys doing the majority of the work for me, I have arranged an hourly rate or sometimes pricework, I'm a bit confused regarding tax, we are a limited company, before when I worked as self employed I got my wages and paid my own tax but an accountant said to me I should be holding back 30% of their wages for tax, I really would rather not do this and just let them pay their own taxes but not sure as dont want big bill at the end. help ;-/  

petHead3 months ago
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