Starting Your Self-Employed Journey?

So, you did it! You followed your dream to go self-employed. But you never expected it to be so confusing – from how to register as self-employed to filing your first tax return.

With so much information out there, how do you know whose advice to trust? If you’re a side hustler or sole trader looking for a trusted resource to help you go self-employed, guide you through how to set up a business and handle your taxes, you’re in the right place.

Here you’ll find easy-to-follow resources, guides & templates on topics like HMRC registration, side hustle taxes and invoicing. Jargon-free guaranteed.

Business Registration

Beginners Guide to Going Self-Employed in the UK

Not sure where to start with how to go self-employed? Start here! In this guide, I explain how HMRC registration & taxes work along with some other useful stuff you need to know when you embark on your journey to be your own boss.

Limited Company

Sole Trader or Limited Company? What’s Right?

Limited Companies have the reputation of being tax efficient and offering protection of your assets. But is it as good as it sounds? Find out whether an LTD is right for you or whether being a sole trader will bring you more benefits in this guide.

Business Registration

Do I Have to Register My Side Hustle as a Business?

Is your hobby taking off? Or did you test out a business idea that is proving to be a success? Your next step may be to register with HMRC. Find out what steps you need to take and when.

Tax

Tax When You’re Employed and Self-Employed

⁠Tax works slightly differently when you’re employed and self-employed. Read this guide to find out it all works, whether you need to pay extra tax & what you need to check on your payslip.

Tax

Self-Employment Tax: How Does it Work?

Taxes are a complicated subject. In this guide, I simplify the topic of self-employment taxes. Read this guide to find out exactly how they work, how much you’ll need to pay and, most importantly, when.

Tax

The £1,000 Trading Income Allowance Explained

If you’re setting up as self-employed, the £1,000 allowance could save you a lot of hassle and mean you can earn money tax-free. Find out how the trading income allowance works, how to claim it and whether it’s right for you.

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Worried you’ve missed a step setting up your business?

I get it! I’m Anita, a Chartered Accountant turned content creator on a mission to simplify money and taxes for the self-employed. (I’m also a Spreadsheet Geek and Money Nerd!)

Because starting your own business shouldn’t be so hard. Just because we aren’t taught about money at school, it shouldn’t prevent us from creating a financially stable life on our own terms.

That’s why this website is full of straightforward advice to make topics like taxes, accounting, banking and insurance easy to understand at every point in your self-employed journey. I want to simplify business and tax for UK sole traders and small business owners, like you.

You make money doing what you love; I’ll help you look after it.

Self Assessment

How to Fill In Your Tax Return Online

If you’re DIY-ing your tax return, then this guide has everything you need! Follow this guide step-by-step, check what information you’ll need and where to find it all. It’ll make tax time a breeze!

Self Assessment

How to Claim Self-Employed Expenses

Expenses reduce your tax bill, but you can’t claim them all! Read this guide to check what you can claim and where to enter allowable expenses on your self-assessment tax return.

Insurance

Do You Need Business Insurance to Work as Self-Employed?

Starting out as self-employed? Here you’ll learn what business insurance is, the different types available and why it matters if you’re a small business owner.

Banking

Do You Need a Separate Business Bank Account If You’re Self-Employed?

Find more about business bank accounts for the self-employed and the most popular bank accounts that the self-employed community are talking about.

Accounting

Accounting for Self-Employed Business Owners

Everything you need to do when it comes to accounting for your small business. I’ll show you the most popular options for systems and clarify your legal requirements.

Learn Accounting

Source Records in Accounting

Everything has a starting point and when it comes to accounting, source records are it! Here you’ll learn about the different types of source records in accounting and find out what each one means.