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The benefits of being self employed

Benefits of being self employed

More and more people are taking the plunge and becoming self employed. There are so many great things about choosing this way of life. Let’s take a look at some of the main things that can convince you that being self employed is for you!

Freedom of being self employed

No more waking up for someone else, no more working to make your boss rich. Being self employed means that all the money you earn, you keep. It is as simple as that! It also means that every day you set the agenda, no one to answer to apart from your own dreams. No matter who you are, this is an attractive prospect.

Expansion
In a job, your personal growth and expansion is limited by the constraints of a company. You are not always rewarded in a way that is commensurate with your value. If you own a small business or are self employed, your expansion and your work are the same thing. This means that your work never goes unnoticed, and expansion is always possible.

No more time trading

Most people who are employed are paid for their hours. They swap 8 hours of their day for some money. This trade limits your growth, and means that the only way you can earn more money if by putting more hours in. One of the largest self employed benefits is that you can create income streams that keep ticking over even when you sleep. No more trading your time for money.
The ability to be able to create value for others means that you are going to be paid upon how much value you can create. This is not an arbitrary figure that an organisation has put on you. This isn’t £x for 1 hour, this is the creation of real value for your clients. This is a liberating and fulfilling experience. You don’t become a millionaire by working for a million hours. You do it by creating a million pounds worth of value for others. This is possible when you are self employed! No more trading your time for money, time to start creating value!

Control Over Everything

As an employee your taxes, your tasks and so many other things are out of your control. When you are self employed you have control over all areas of your monetary life. For instance, with tax, you can use a tax calculator to figure out how much tax you earn, deduct what you are entitled to deduct. (Consulting your accountant first of course!) This can lead to paying less tax than if you are an employee. And this is just one area that you have added control! You will have control over your work hours, your availability, the time you spend with your family. Everything! This is a huge reason that people choose to live a self employed life. In a world where employment and the world economies are increasingly uncertain, to have control over your finances is an important step.
So it doesn’t matter what your situation is currently in life, choosing to be self employed can be a great idea. The benefits are there, all that is required is for you to take action!

 

GM Professional accountants  provide self employed self assessment tax services

How a hard brexit will affect businesses and indiviuals

How Brexit will affect Small businesses

The moments that Farage and over half of the country has been waiting for is nearing. Article 50 is just months away from being triggered, and the position the UK is in currently doesn’t seem to be poised for an amicable split.
The crux of the negotiations all hinge on the single market, and the caveats that come with it. According to polls, the second biggest issue in the whole referendum was immigration. The rhetoric about overcrowding, low paid labor and British workers missing out was at the heart of everything.
Britain is trying to stay within the single market, but change the parameters, namely, all the perks, but no free movement of people. Francois Hollande on the 6th October gave a speech which has strongly warned other EU members that this cannot happen.
In Hollande’s words, ” Britain wants to leave, but not pay”. Essentially, his comments tell us that either you can stay in the single market with everything that comes with it, or you can leave completely. This seems to be the feeling across the whole continent, and a so called “Hard-Brexit” is every more likely.

How will it affect small businesses?

Brexit has heralded in an era of a slumping pound. The strength against the dollar and the euro is down considerably. Whilst foreign exchange rates aren’t always the best indication of overall economic strength, it can give us an indication of the feelings out there. Since Britain is a trade deficit nation, not entering the eurozone in the first place enabled the country to keep out of the recessionary cycle the eurozone is in right now. This means then, that a hard brexit can only present a difficulty for businesses. Since we enjoy a single market relationship with Europe without the disaster of the Euro currency to deal with, what will remain is no access to that single market. This will cause costs to rise, and the potential for firms to move into the single market zone.
The logic behind the Brexiteers is that Britain will once again take up it’s old manufacturing past (which was deftly dismantled by Thatcher) this solution will take years to implement, and won’t have an affect for a long time. So for businesses, expect some tumult in the following years, as a hard brexit can and will affect trade.

How will it affect the self employed

Depending on your area of expertise, the self-employed person might be in their element. The modern day self employed entrepreneur is well equipped to deal with market tumult, since often times, money can be made anywhere on earth. This also means that there will be many opportunities opening up in the near future with all the brexit uncertainty in Europe.
Perhaps now is the best time to be self-employed, since you will have control over your own finances. This means that huge shifts in the world economy can largely leave you unaffected. Relying on salaried work might leave a more uncertain future.
To summarize, a hard Brexit may or may not happen. Currently, it seems likely that the EU will try and make the UK feel the consequences for leaving. However, the EU is headed for a stagflationary spiral that will affect the UK anyway, so the best advice would be to focus on creating your own sources of income, and don’t rely on market stability in the coming few years

 

GM professional accountants are specialists in small business accounting services.

Setting up a limited company in the uk

Setting up a limited company

Getting into business is exciting, there are so many challenges and opportunities that await you. You might be at the point now where you have decided to set up a limited company. There are considerations to make sure this is the right decision for you, so make sure you are informed.
Let’s go through the simple process of setting up a limited company, then talk about some of the benefits of it, then some frequently asked questions.
How to setup
This process is simple. The easiest way to do it is via the companies house online portal. The form you need to fill in is very simple, however there are some details that you need to have on hand before starting the process.
– Company name. This is obvious, however, your name must be unique, and if you want to chose something that will represent your company well. Think of something that properly sums up what you do, your mission statement, and how you are going to add value to your potential customers.
– Shareholder, director and secretary. It doesn’t matter if you are a one man band, or a growing team, you will need to allocate these roles straight away. They can all be the same person if you are working alone. These allocations are very important. Take advice as to what the best choice would be. Allocating shares or roles incorrectly now could lead to some awkward situations down the line. These need to be backed up by a memorandum of article of association. This is the paperwork that confirms all the roles.
– Company address. Every company is required to have a registered address. If you are a lone wolf and don’t want it registered to your home, then even renting a mail box is allowed.- Register for corporation tax. This again can be done through the government’s portal. This needs to be done within three months of starting your business. You can do it here, https://online.hmrc.gov.uk/registration/newbusiness/introduction
The actual process is very simple,you can set up a limited company online https://ewf.companieshouse.gov.uk/runpage?page=welcome. After you have done this, it is time to start running your company!
Benefits

Why should you create a limited company? Well in England and the rest of the UK, you can run a company as a sole trader. However, there are certain benefits to being a limited company.
Protection. If things go badly in your company, and you are unable to pay business debts, the limited company is liable and not you personally. This means that in the worst case scenario, you are protected. You may not want to think about that happening, but it is a prudent business move to consider all possibilities, and protect your risk.
Tax. Yes, the dreaded word. With a limited company, the structuring of your payments into dividends and salary making what you pay more tax efficient. The rules can confuse some people, HMRC have provided a great explanation on their site, check it out here. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dividend-allowance-factsheet/dividend-allowance-factsheet#examples. Being informed on this can mean you pay less tax, and take home more money.
Funding. This is an issue that many people are facing in the modern world. Many startups have the opportunity to receive funding. Seed funds, angel investors or crowdfunding are now possibilities for thousands of businesses. If you are a sole trader, it is going to be harder to convince a collective to fund your project. Investing into a limited company provides a much more solid framework to structure the deal in.
Professionalism. Your image can mean the difference between closing a sale or losing it. When dealing with larger companies, often times they want to feel like they are dealing with a legitimate and solid business. Having the Ltd at the end of your name can give your potential clients much more peace of mind.
FAQ

Is it expensive to register a limited company? No, it is £12 if you do it online. By paper it can go up to £40.
Are there special records I need to keep? Yes. You will need to keep accurate and through accounts, added to that you will need to keep the registers of members, and other similar items. Read all the details here, https://www.gov.uk/running-a-limited-company/company-and-accounting-records. Keep this in mind when setting up the company, a good start will save paperwork later.
Am I automatically trademarked? No. When you register a company name, that name will not be taken by another company. However, a trademark is something different. You will need to apply for a trademark for your company separately.
What about PAYE and VAT? These can also be done on the government portal. You are not automatically registered for these, so if they fit your requirements, then you can sign up for them too.
Wrapping Up
The key thing to remember when setting up a limited company is to stay informed. You will have a lot more responsibility now, so read everything you can, and make sure all the boxes are ticked. All the best with your business!

GM professional Accountants are Accountants based in London, our Tax advisors are specialists in small businesses and self employed individuals. we offer the whole package from registering you as self employed to bookkeeping services as well as the final accounts and tax returns. Manor park office address, 47 Gladstone Avenue, Manor park, London, E12 6NR, Ilford office address, Unit 14 Clements Court, Clements lane,Ilford,Essex,IG1 2QY Tel: 0208 396 6128,