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#813688 - 5th Aug 2013 4:31pm Self Employment
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I have today just registered as self employed, if there anyone on here that is self employed, that could offer me any advice please.

Also any free spreadsheets I could get online.

Am new to all this and have not got a clue, I have been advised to keep all my receipts etc etc, but what kind of things should I keep receipts of.

I would appreciate any advice any one could give me.

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#813695 - 5th Aug 2013 4:43pm Re: Self Employment [Re: Willo_]
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What sort of self employment ?
All receipts for purchases of goods mobile phone house phone protective clothing household bills pens stationery office equipment ink cartridges.Tunnel fees fuel car repair bills. In short everything you buy no matter how you buy it market ebay etc new or second hand.If you buy something at a car boot Sale make a note of site date and ofcourse the amount.
Depends on the sort of work that you are doing what type of spread sheet that you need,

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#813696 - 5th Aug 2013 4:44pm Re: Self Employment [Re: Willo_]
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keep reciepts for everything willo in and out

are you registered as a sole trader or a limited company, because there are different tax requirements

again, what sort of spreadsheet? quite easy to knock one up on excel


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#813705 - 5th Aug 2013 4:57pm Re: Self Employment [Re: Willo_]
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I will be doing driving work, yes registered as a sole trader, I have been told I need to give a invoice to any one I do work for.
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#813707 - 5th Aug 2013 4:59pm Re: Self Employment [Re: Willo_]
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Go register with danny o neill accountant.he in port sunlight great for sole trader

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#813718 - 5th Aug 2013 5:18pm Re: Self Employment [Re: Willo_]
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Your most important record will be your mileage log.Record both business and private mileage.If you are working late on a regular basis you cannot claim meals but if once or twice a month you can claim meals for the late nights.If you work away have a look at the RHA web site whilst you do not fit into that field it gives information about nights away allowances that don't need receipts.
Yes you need to issue an invoice for all jobs with full name and address on.Cheapest is a bog standard duplicate book,
You can find more information on HMRC web site.

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#813719 - 5th Aug 2013 5:19pm Re: Self Employment [Re: Willo_]
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Good Luck and keep your eye firmly on what they pay you, if it's for a company. e.g Scottish Power or British Gas etc.
They seem to be able to reduce their payment to you at a flick of a switch and you can spend much on petrol.
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#813745 - 5th Aug 2013 5:48pm Re: Self Employment [Re: Willo_]
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The best advice i could give is that you can ring the tax office and they will tell you what you can and can not claim for being self-employed. They wont tell you how to do your books but you can ask if you can claim for x y z.

Not everything you think you can claim for, can you claim for.

Its all about following the paperwork if you were ever to get investigated. But a good Accountant would keep you right.
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#813779 - 5th Aug 2013 7:05pm Re: Self Employment [Re: jefff3]
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Go register with danny o neill accountant.he in port sunlight great for sole trader
We used to use Danny o Neill when my ex was a taxi driver he did all our accounts most of the taxi drivers used him.
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#813821 - 5th Aug 2013 8:09pm Re: Self Employment [Re: Willo_]
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There's a really useful website called www.vertex42.com they have spreadsheets for invoices, purchase orders, all sorts of things, all amendable and all free.

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#813826 - 5th Aug 2013 8:26pm Re: Self Employment [Re: Sallybear]
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Originally Posted By: Sallybear
There's a really useful website called www.vertex42.com they have spreadsheets for invoices, purchase orders, all sorts of things, all amendable and all free.
Thank you.

And thank you for all comments
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#813833 - 5th Aug 2013 8:38pm Re: Self Employment [Re: Willo_]
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I presume you know what you are letting yourself in for registering as self employed. Can get quite complicated with NI stamps and tax. I made the mistake of registering for Self Employment rather than self assessment-- i quickly cancelled it when i found out the amount of paperwork. There is no clear definition of self employment so some of the work i do i just declare as casual earnings on self assessment and pay normal tax.

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#813856 - 5th Aug 2013 9:25pm Re: Self Employment [Re: fish5133]
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I presume you know what you are letting yourself in for registering as self employed. Can get quite complicated with NI stamps and tax. I made the mistake of registering for Self Employment rather than self assessment-- i quickly cancelled it when i found out the amount of paperwork. There is no clear definition of self employment so some of the work i do i just declare as casual earnings on self assessment and pay normal tax.
Not got a clue at all. smack
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#813864 - 5th Aug 2013 9:46pm Re: Self Employment [Re: Willo_]
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willo, give wirralbiz a call. see if you can get on one of their courses. used to get 500 start up grant too.
they will go through everything with you, including tax and accounts .
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#813866 - 5th Aug 2013 9:58pm Re: Self Employment [Re: eggandchips]
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willo, give wirralbiz a call. see if you can get on one of their courses. used to get 500 start up grant too.
they will go through everything with you, including tax and accounts .
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