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Becoming a Freelance Architect

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Being an architect is a very important job. It involves the designing of buildings and controlling the health and safety of the new buildings. These buildings can include schools, hospitals, sky scrapers, churches and many more.

An architect’s role consists of the following tasks:

  • Planning and drawing the design of the building
  • Overseeing the construction
  • Environmental and economic needs
  • Health and safety considerations
  • Safety of the construction team
  • Submitting financial reports

Qualifications and Training

Becoming a qualified architect is a long process but the results at the end will be worth it. The first step to becoming an architect is to complete an undergraduate university degree in architecture. It is also important to have at least one year’s experience during the degree (or after). The second part of the qualification process is prior to the undergraduate degree which is a two year course which extends your knowledge of architecture.

Once the education part is out the way, it is vital to take part in at least two years of paid experience which prepares you for the final examination. This final part will look at the experience you have got throughout the qualification stages and then will end with an exam, written and oral.

Once you have completed all of these stages you can then register as an architect with the ARB (Architects Registration Board). This is to ensure that the public know that you are a fully qualified architect.

Going Freelance

There are numerous benefits of freelancing, for example:

  • The flexibility of doing as much as you want when you want
  • Good pay
  • Little competition with lack of freelance architects
  • Benefit of increasing your take home pay. 

In fact our freelancer take home pay calculator shows you how much you can expect to take home as a freelancer.

There is always the question of how much to charge your clients. This all depends on how qualified you are, your experience and where abouts the work is. It varies from around £150+ per day or £35k+ pa.

Finding Work as a Freelance Architect

A great way to find freelance work is to advertise yourself directly. You can do this through newspapers, private websites or Craigslist. You can also sign yourself up to freelance websites which give a list of directories of freelance architects; gofreelance and ifreelance.

You may also want to setup a website, this can be used to showcase any previous work you have done, also it gives you a platform to send any potential clients to that is full of positive information on you.

Having made the decision to give it a go, whether full or part time and whether to set up as a sole trader or limited company, you’re going to need a wide range of tax and accountancy advice and support in the early days when setting up as a freelancer.

The most daunting thing about going freelancing for most people is the thought of having to engage with an accountant. At first glance it’s easy; you go down to your local high street accountant who quotes you anything from £250 - £600 plus VAT to do your end of year accounts for you.

This sounds great, however what happens if you want to speak to your accountant for advice throughout the year on things like:

  • Expenses
  • Tax allowances
  • Take home pay
  • How much you should put aside for your tax bill
  • Should you register for the Flat Rate VAT scheme
  • Would going limited be beneficial
  • Can I do work other than project management through my business
  • If you have a life plan and wish to go travelling what’s the most tax efficient way to run your business.

Each time you pick up the phone it is likely you will get charged, in fact every time your accountant sends you a letter you may charged and you may even get charged if you call to query your invoice! So by the end of the year you could easily be looking at a bill of over £1,000. Easy Accountancy offers you a fixed fee package starting at £60 a month. For more information on our services, please click here.

For more information on how we can help you and your business with your taxation needs or to appoint us as your accountant, please call 0500 234 111 / 01442 275767 or email heather@easyaccountancy.co.uk

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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 heather@easyaccountancy.co.uk.

*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.