Helping you learn how to run your business is our passion. These useful guides are available for free to our clients, website visitors and social media followers but your specific questions are welcome too!

Contractor options

If you are new to the world of contracting then you can’t afford to start work without considering your payment options.

Click here to read the difference between PAYE, umbrella schemes and trading through a personal service company

Contractor end of year tax planning

Don’t miss out on tax savings that could be available.  Make time to do a little tax planning ahead of the tax year end on 5th April.

Click here for our quick guide on the 2014/15 tax rates, allowances and ways you can benefit

Director’s Remuneration – Salary Trap

How to avoid the salary trap when paying for personal costs using the limited company bank account.

Click here to find out how to protect yourself from a HMRC challenge


Make sure you claim all the expenses you are entitled to.

Click here to read our expenses guide.


Ensure that your business and financial interests are protected with the right insurance cover.

Click here to read our guide to buying insurance.


If you contract through a limited company then you need to be familiar with the IR35 legislation.  Having a solid contract in place is vital but there are many other tests you will also need to pass to satisfy HMRC of your IR35 status.

Read our guide to find out how your working practices rate in relation to IR35

Paying your tax

Everyone in the UK is responsible for paying tax, this money then funds the UK’s public services.  It is your responsibility to ensure that you pay the right amount of tax and on time, otherwise you could face serious penalties.

Read our guide to find out what you need to know

Vouchers for childcare

You may be aware that in the UK parents are entitled to support with their childcare payments, most frequently discussed are childcare vouchers. However if you are a contractor with children under the age of 15 can you benefit from the tax breaks too?

The answer is YES and it could save you £1800 pa as a family.  Read our guide for more information.

Ideas welcomed…

We like to keep things fresh and are often looking for new ideas to write guides about so feel free to get in touch if there is anything in particular you would like to see covered.  Remember to read our blog too, available from the home page.

If there is anything you need to know in the meantime please call us on 01737 652 852 or email

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