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First Time Freelancing

Here at Easy Accountancy we know that making the move into freelancing can bring on a bag of emotions. You may be excited at the prospect of being your own boss, but also anxious and slightly apprehensive, plus with the Internet containing so many web sites and so much content it can often be so hard to find just what you're looking for. Also you can never be too sure of peoples motives for giving out the information, hopefully the below unbiased and simple to read and digest pages will help give you the clarity you are looking for.  

Of course if you have any further questions or would like more information or even just a general chat about your business plans or tax please call us on 0500 234111 / 01442 275767.

Our First Time Freelancing guide offers you all the essential resources you need in one place. Feel at ease by visiting the below links to know the ins and outs of freelancing:

-Advantages of becoming a Freelancer
More money, flexibility, reduced tax burden, more creative freedom-these are just some of the advantages of freelancing, there may even be a few advantages included that you didn’t know about.

-Disadvantages of becoming a Freelancer
Nobody likes to talk about the downsides of freelancing, but in order to make you fully prepared its best to know them at the start.

-Finding Freelance Work
How do you start looking for business on day one? This helpful guide will help point you in the right direction on where you can find work, how to make contacts and promoting yourself effectively.

-Freelancing Part Time
This option may or may not be for you but many freelancer's opt to ‘test the water’ by working in their spare time to start with, whilst also remaining in full time employment.

-Industry Advice
Know what sector of freelancing you wish to work in, then visit our industry advice section. You will get guidance on how to find work in that industry and the typical rates of pay to expect.

-Self Employed VAT
VAT is complicated, here’s our simple and easy to read guide to understanding VAT.

-Self Employed Expenses
Claiming back on expenses can help lower the tax a new freelancer pays, but not all items can be claimed on expenses, find here a full list of what you can and can not claim on expenses.

-Freelancer Mortgages
Most freelancer's have a profile that is enough to put-off most high street lenders. ContractorMoney are your perfect mortgage partner and unlike other mortgage brokers, visitors to the Easy Accountancy website, will pay no service fee should they go with Contractor Mortgages Made Easy.

-Freelancer Insurance
There are various types of insurance to consider as a first time freelancer. Find a full list of the various types here, the goods covered and how to get a quote instantly.

And the final step-Setting up as a Sole Trader
Setting up your business takes less than five minutes. Easy Accountancy can guide you through this and help with any additional queries you may have. Our clients tell us that in the first few months you’ll probably have loads of questions, so choosing your accountant is crucial. We don’t want our clients to be scared to contact us and potentially lose out on valuable tax saving advice, that's why we only charge a fixed fee of £60 plus VAT a month. It’s important when you first start out freelancing that you set your business up in the best way possible. With your own designated accountant you can call or email as many times as you like without the fear of racking up large bills.

For more information or a general chat about your business plans please call us on 0500 234111 / 01442 275767.

Why Clients Choose Easy Accountancy

Easy Accountancy offers a low cost, fixed fee accountancy package with all clients receiving their own dedicated, friendly, approachable accountant.

All of our accountants specialise in providing accountancy services to the self-employed, freelancers, sole traders, small to medium sized limited companies and private individuals. All accountants are employees of Easy Accountancy and we never outsource or offshore work.

Our low cost, all-inclusive fixed-fee accountancy service includes unlimited access to your own dedicated accountant throughout the year and covers all your business and personal tax affairs needs.

All our accountancy services include:
  - Unlimited access to your accountant
  - Ongoing advice on how to manage your business
  - Proactive tax advice throughout the year
  - Updates and reminders so you'll never miss a deadline
  - Free bookkeeping software

As a sole trader our fees start at just £60 + VAT a month, for this you receive the above plus:
  - Completion of your Self-Assessment tax return
  - Advice on how much Income Tax to pay
  - Guidance on National Insurance contributions

As a limited company our fixed fee packages are bespoke to your needs, however typically you’ll receive the above, plus:
  - Completion of your year end accounts*
  - Completion and submission of your annual return Companies House
  - The director/s Self Assessment tax return
  - Payroll bureau
  - Dividends and corporation tax computations

We’ve saved our clients up to half on their accountancy bills – if you’d like a quote, click on the quote me button to the right of this page. Alternatively, call us on 01442 275767 or email

*If you would like us to complete your company year end accounts we simply ask that you have been a client of Easy Accountancy for one year or have made 12 monthly payments.