7 Steps to Business Start-up

This guide discusses the main points you should consider in the early stages of starting out as a self-employed art practitioner, designer or creative business. This is an original work devised by Ali …

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How to negotiate

Everything is negotiable they say, and they’re mostly right. Learn the best way to negotiate in any circumstances and create good working relationships. Artists can often fall into the gratitude trap …

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Sarah Preece: tax returns for artists

Sarah Preece, Executive Director at Battersea Arts Centre and founder of Making Space, suggests a step by step approach to filling in your tax return and looks at how getting to grips with the numbers …

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Why plan your career?

Unless you know very clearly where you want to be and how you’re going to get there, you’ll be lucky to arrive at all without a bit of planning, and a career path is no different. This doesn’t mean yo …

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What is self-employment?

Being self-employed basically means that you work for yourself instead of for a company – so you’ll be responsible for paying your own income tax to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). If you we …

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Tax returns and Self Assessment

If you are registered as Self Employed once a year you will need to fill in a tax return – or Self Assessment form, in the HMRC jargon – to let HMRC know how much you have earned, how much your deduct …

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Setting up a business

Despite the benefits, registering as a business should not be rushed into unless you have started to sell work, or be paid fees for any other freelance work such as undertaking workshops, commissions …

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National Insurance

Employees and self-employed people must also pay National Insurance (NI) as well to pay for benefits and pensions. NI, separate from income tax, pays specifically for unemployment benefits for yoursel …

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Registering as self employed

To register, you will need to contact your tax office and request your Unique Taxpayer Reference number (UTR) – this is the number you need to quote on invoices for your self-employed work so you can …

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Insurance

Having adequate insurance means that your work, studio, equipment or materials can be replaced if they are stolen or damaged, and that you are protected if an accident occurs while you are working wit …

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