How to Become a Freelance IT Support Specialist
- Guide to growing your business
- What expenses can you claim?
- Calculate your take home pay
- How to generate free leads
- Setting up as a Sole Trader
Every company, bar none, needs IT support – and it has rapidly become is one of the most fundamental requirements in business these days. There are many smaller organisations out there (your fellow freelancers for a start!) who need IT support, but without having to employ someone specifically to take on the task. Add to that all of the home users whose IT requirements become more complex every year, and you have a huge business opportunity.
In theory anyone can set up as a freelance IT support specialist, but with technology developing and changing all the time, only those who have the most up to date qualifications and technical knowledge will really make a success of it. A potential client will soon see through you, if you can’t solve what they perceive as relatively simple issues – and there’s nothing as impatient as a person whose PC or internet connection has just died on them at a crucial moment!
Taking all this into account, whilst becoming a freelance IT support specialist is not one of the simplest freelance options, it is certainly one of the most potentially lucrative – and definitely worth considering as opposed to full time employment.
Many IT Support Specialists start off doing a little freelance work in their spare time whilst still holding onto a full time job. If you’re doing this or thinking of doing this it’s probably a good idea to have a chat with an accountant as there may be tax implications you should be considering and maybe also allowances you aren’t taking advantage of.
There are numerous benefits to freelancing, for example the freedom and flexibility to work for as many different types of client as you like as well as the obvious 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.
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:
- 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 IT Support 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 be 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 charge a fixed fee of only £60 plus VAT a month for a simple sole trader business.
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.
As a start up you’ll probably have loads of questions and will really appreciate the fact you can call your accountant as many times as you like without the fear of racking up large bills.
For more advice on how Easy Accountancy can help you and business, or to find out more about our fixed fee packages, please call 0500 234 111 / 01442 275767 or email email@example.com.
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