Working As A Freelancer In The UK

Working As A Freelancer In The UK

We often get asked, “How can I work as a freelancer in the UK? Working as a freelancer is akin to owning your own business and fortunately, The United Kingdom government encourages and even supports self-employment. The record shows that by May 2020, there were 4.75 million self-employed people (14.4% of all people in employment). In the United Kingdom, a freelancer can fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • A sole trader
  • The director of a limited company
  • An umbrella company worker
  • A part-time employee
  • A contractor
  • A consultant
  • Self-employed
  • Any number of sector-specific titles.

According to, If you start working for yourself, you’re classed as a sole trader. This means you’re self-employed – even if you haven’t yet told HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

It continues that, “You’re probably self-employed if you:

  • run your business for yourself and take responsibility for its success or failure
  • have several customers at the same time
  • can decide how, where and when you do your work
  • can hire other people at your own expense to help you or to do the work for you
  • provide the main items of equipment to do your work
  • are responsible for finishing any unsatisfactory work in your own time
  • charge an agreed fixed price for your work
  • sell goods or services to make a profit.”

Starting a business in the United Kingdom can be complex and even more complicated if you are from outside of the European Union, working as a freelancer can exciting, but it also entails determination and hard work. Although freelancing is a popular style of working, the term does not exist for tax purposes. Instead, you are classified as a sole trader, a partner in a business, or by trading through a limited company. As a freelancer or self-employed professional, you pay income tax after deducting allowable business expenses. You’ll need to file a self-assessment tax return online by 31 October of the following year. HMRC will then send you a bill.

Working as a freelancer could be self-fulfilling, but the idea of the relaxing life of a freelancer is a myth. Not only do they have to do the job they’re trained in, but they also have to learn how to do all the other essentials – and find the time to do them all, of course. If you’re taking the plunge and going freelance, there are a few important steps you can, and in some cases should take to make the transition smooth and official. 

  1. You must decide how you are going to work, that is, either as a person or company.
  2. You have to decide on a name for your business and probably build a website for your business.
  3. Register with HMRC as self-employed.
  4. Decide whether to work remotely or locally.
  5. Make sure you are ready with the right material or equipment for your service.
  6. Make sure your finances are in order.
  7. Take out service insurance.
  8. Start offering your service on platforms like




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