Contractor Advice UK

One of the best sites for free advice for UK contractors, freelancers and small business

Contractor Advice UK

A great contractor website for UK professionals

The Contractor Advice UK website is an information-packed resource for contractors, freelancers, and interim professionals. Basically, the members of the website and visitors alike, come from all sorts of different industries. Many who are running a limited company work in IT and management consultancy. However, some are in oil and gas, legal, transport, aviation, entertainment, and many others. Therefore, if your employment status is that of a contractor, you’re in the right place.

Much of the advice in our blog applies to UK limited company contractors, However, lots of the information on the site is relevant to most sole traders and UK business owners in general. Our guide to contracting sets out many of the areas to consider when running your own company. This includes how to move from an umbrella company into contracting, your rights as a contractor and how to operate on a daily basis when running your own business. In the future we’ll aim to bring the best free advice to those with their own limited company as well as small business owners. Furthermore, our guides will be updated whenever there’s changes to UK tax rules which affect the contracting industry.

Our guides

Within the Contractor Advice UK blog, there’s plenty of useful guides for limited company professionals. Basically, many of these cover the wide range of genuine business expenses you can claim such as business travel costs and subsistence, marketing and advertising, business training, entertaining and many others. A key aspect when you claim expenses is they should be wholly and exclusively for business purposes. In addition, our guides cover how to start a company, how to run your own company, and closing a company. Other guides look at limited company contractor accounting and how to find specialist contractor accountants. Further guides cover tax saving ideas, salaries, dividends, contractor National Insurance, considerations when you’re VAT registered, annual accounts, tax returns, tax year dates. Finally, some of the more detailed guides cover Companies House and HMRC areas and the various taxes which apply to UK small businesses.

The official blog

The blog is a great reference point for limited company contractors. However, there’s also:

  • A great contractor forum. Here, you can join discussions and introduce yourself.
  • The private members’ area. Basically, in here you can view important guides which may affect you as one of many limited company freelancers.
  • A contractor finances page. Basically, this contains guides on all the important financial issues for those with a UK contractor limited company. Indeed, it includes insurance (you can get a 10% discount on business insurances through this website), contractor mortgages, Relevant Life Insurance for contractors and income protection insurance.

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Please enjoy your stay and feel free to register as a member. Also, please feel free to sign up for the future newsletters.

Expenses Guides

Are Work Clothes Tax-Deductible for UK Contractors?

Introduction  Can you claim contractor work clothing (UK) or business clothing as a genuine business expense while you’re UK contracting? Indeed, if you’re a limited company contractor, when are work clothes tax-deductible? In this guide, we’ll research contractor clothing and find out when you can claim for work clothes. We’ll look into when can you claim tax back on work clothes (UK) as part of your contractor tax deductions. If you’re looking to claim work attire through your contractor limited company or small business, when can you write off clothes for work? Indeed, there’s many common thoughts around contractor clothes from both contractors and other business owners alike. These include is buying a suit a business expense and are ...

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Tax Saving Guides

UK Contractor expenses guide -learn what you can claim

Introduction  This is the official UK contractor expenses guide from Contractor Advice UK. When we consider what expenses can I claim as a contractor, what should we think about? Besides the limited company expenses advice in this guide being aimed at UK limited company contractors, most tips also apply to small and medium business owners too. When we consider business costs, they must always meet the wholly and exclusively test which means such costs must be only for business reasons. Therefore, in this guide, we’ll look at a contractor expenses list which includes many different types of company expense. ...

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Relevant Life Insurance for Directors & Contractors

Introduction -Relevant Life Insurance for Contractors & Directors Are you paying for your life insurance out of your own pocket as a UK contracting professional? Indeed, if the answer is yes, you may be paying too much. Therefore, as a contractor or limited company director, it is time to look for the best life insurance policy (UK). Basically, Relevant Life Insurance for contractors and directors is tax-efficient life cover. That is to say, Relevant Life cover for directors moves the cost of your life insurance policy from your pocket to your company expenses. In conclusion, your business will benefit from ...

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Other Guides

Contractor banking & how to choose a UK contractor bank account

Introduction When you research the best business bank account for contractors, what should you consider for a UK business bank account? Basically, when you start your own company for the first time, there’s various tasks to complete. One of these is to find a bank account for independent contractor purposes. Therefore, besides finding your first UK contracting role through a recruitment agency or directly with a client, you’ll need to open an independent contractor bank account for your UK limited company. All limited company contractors need to open a company bank account to do their business and contractor banking. Therefore, ...

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Contractor Advice UK

Why Contractor Advice?

UK business owners come to Contractor Advice UK to educate themselves on a wide number of areas. As well as general accounting advice, there are also many tips on how to become tax-efficient and save money when you run your own UK business.