How to Register as Self Employed

How to register as self employedDo you need to know how to register as self employed? One of the first things to complete when starting your small business is getting it officially registered. If you are not sure whether you should register as self employed or a limited company, read why form a limited company first.

The registration process is fairly straight forward, but needs to be done as soon as possible or you may receive a fine from HMRC. Registering your small business as self employed is the cheapest option as you do not have to pay for a limited company to be formed.

Before you begin the registration process you will need to decide on your business name, you may want to just use your own name or make up a different name for your business. If you need help choosing a name why not try our business name generator tool.

Information needed to register as self employed

Before you complete the registration process there are a few pieces of information that you will need to have to hand:

  • Your national insurance number – this can be found on previous wage slips. If you do not have one you will need to ask for one from HMRC.
  • The date your business commenced.
  • Your business contact details.
  • If you already complete a self assessment tax return you will need your ten-digit Unique Taxpayer Reference number

Where to register as self employed

Registration can be completed using the Government Gateway website, if you have not already registered you will need to register first, this takes a while as you will have to wait for a User ID and/or Activation code to arrive through the post.

Once you are registered for the Government Gateway you can then register as self employed completing their simple online form.

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