Beyond Redundancy: Setting up as a sole trader

Who’s it aimed at?Trainees get to grips with business-related expenses

If you’ve been employed, are going through redundancy and want to set up as self-employed, this is the course you can’t afford to miss.

It’s particularly aimed at creative people, production folk and anyone who feels like running for the hills when they hear the words ‘tax return’.

No previous knowledge of self-employment is necessary. And it doesn’t matter what kind of business you’re setting up. It could be anything from consulting to dog grooming, production work to jewellery making.

What’s the focus?

Setting up on your own is daunting when you’ve not done it before. So we go through ways to organise yourself, how to get to grips with the big changes coming up in  taxation, and plenty of short cuts so that you can hit the ground running.

Areas covered include:

  • why self-employment is different from employment
  • why a sole trader is different from a limited company
  • separating out your personal and business finances
  • what is tax and national insurance
  • paperwork you need to keep (and how to keep it without going mad)
  • getting ready for Making Tax Digital: digital record keeping and the new ‘cloud accounting’
  • how not to run out of cash
  • understanding your market
  • motivating yourself
  • how not to work too hard

What resources will I get?

You’ll get templates and downloads aplenty so that you’re not wasting your precious time and can focus on being great at the fun stuff.

Everything’s online for you to access at any point, and you get free email and phone support after the course.

Who’s the trainer?

David Thomas has been running his famous ‘setting up as a sole trader’ courses for redundant staff for 13 years. Clients include the BBC, ITV and indies. David understands what you’re going through. He set up his own small business after 22 years of employment at the BBC. It can be done!

Great! How to get on it?

Some courses are listed below.

Just click here to see a list of all our current course dates >


Thu 15Oct2020

Beyond Redundancy: Setting up as a Sole Trader (London)

For creative people going through redundancy and wanting to set up a business of their own.

From 10:00 until 5pm

Venue: BECTU HQ, Clapham

Click to find out more >

Thanks for the workshop yesterday on freelance writing as a business – loved the work/life balance ideas.
JamieNUJ Training Wales participant



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