Contractors and Freelancer's Zone

Experienced, specialist accountants for contractors, freelancers, consultants, locums and self-employed professionals. Only £75 per month.

New to contracting or freelancing?

It can be a daunting step taking the plunge into working for yourself but also an exciting one, which more and more people are choosing. However, our tailored approach and proactive customer service really can make the financial bit simple and stress free.

Expert advice is needed

There are a few realistic options when going into business for yourself:

Sole trader
In simple terms, unless you have some specific circumstances, it is unlikely that a sole trader arrangement will afford many benefits.

Umbrella Company
in general terms, an HMRC-compliant umbrella arrangement will be easier to manage than a limited company but will be less tax-efficient and leave you with less in take home earnings, as you will be paid under the PAYE system. However, an umbrella arrangement may be the most suitable if you are only intending to freelance for a short period of time, in between permanent jobs, say for three months or less.

Limited company
This arrangement is generally the most tax-efficient one for individuals earning in excess of around 25,000 a year because

Therefore, if youre expecting to earn in excess of this 25,000 and you expect to be contracting for more than 3 months, wed recommend considering a limited company option.

Were happy to provide more advice around your specific circumstances and we would always investigate these in detail before recommending a particular course of action, so feel free to call and chat things through, or have a look at our guides.

If you do select a limited company, we would strongly recommend you choose a specialist contractor accountant even if its not us. Whilst accounting for contractors is not rocket science or brain surgery, to get the best advice and the optimum tax benefits, as well as awareness of IR35, a knowledge of whats important to a contractor, access to unlimited, fixed fee advice and useful links to other providers (such as insurance and banking) a specialist really is the way to go.

Believe it or not, many (though of course not all) traditional accountants simply do not have a good understanding of what is legitimately possible in relation to optimising the tax position of small limited companies or how IR35 really works and is assessed. They also often prioritise their larger business clients, as thats where the lions share of their fees will be, and they probably will not offer unlimited access by phone and email for regular support and advice, sticking with more formal, infrequent, face-to-face meeting arrangements. Accounting for self-employed individuals is a specialist area just like anything else.

All-in-one complete package, including personal tax return.


Company formation

If you are a new business or want to transfer to a limited company structure, we can help form your new company quickly and effortlessly.

We can normally form and register your new company within the day - usually in a couple of hours, and then ensure other services are registered including VAT & PAYE if required.

Call 0800 756 9786 or request callback