How to register as self-employed

Are you going self-employed for the first time? Are you thinking about starting your own business? Have you thought about when to register as self-employed with HMRC?

Unless you’re setting up a limited company, it is vital that you fill out a self-employed registration form from the moment you actively seek work. If you do not register at this point, HMRC can penalise you up to £100.

When do I need to register as self-employed?

  • As mentioned above, it’s important to fill out a self-employed declaration form from the moment you actively seek work for the business. Whether you receive payment for business the day after, or 5 years from that point, does not matter. You must register the moment you start looking for business.
  • If you fail to register within 3 months of the end of your first month in business, HMRC will fine you up to £100.

How to become self-employed

Registering as ‘self-employed’ has never been easier. It can be done:

  • Online: Simply click here
  • By phone: call HMRC’s self-employed helpline: 0845 915 4515

Yes, it’s easy to register as ‘self-employed’, but what does it mean to be self-employed?

Responsibilities of being self-employed

Being self-employed brings with it some responsibilities. You must:


So, if you’re a self-employed taxpayer, it’s vital that you take control of your taxes and file your tax return each year. You can choose to file your self-assessment on paper or online. The deadline for filing by paper is 31st October, whereas the deadline for online submission is 31st January. For more information on how to avoid deadlines and penalties.

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