Expert advice for running a successful business

Starting your own business and becoming a freelancer or contractor can be really confusing. Lots of people want to make the leap but don’t because they’re not sure about the financial rules and regulations.

So whether you are new to contracting or already established in your field, arm yourself with knowledge from our handy – and totally free – contractor and business guides. Downloadable, so you can reference them whenever you need to, and always up-to-date with the latest legislation, they contain everything you’ll need to successfully start and grow your own successful business as a contractor, freelancer or self employed professional.

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Choosing Your Working Options

This guide is ideal for anyone considering the various self-employment working options, from running a limited company, working as a sole trader or working through an umbrella company.

Setting up a Limited Company

This guide will help you understand what is involved in forming and running your own Limited Company.

Working Through an Umbrella Company

This guide is ideal for anyone considering working through an umbrella company. It provides a jargon free overview of the Brookson Umbrella service, along with the key benefits.

A Guide to IR35

This guide will explain what IR35 is, outlining the rules and legislation and how it will affect you and the clients you place.


Insurance for Contractors

This guide will help explain why you need contractor insurance; the types of cover you should consider and provide examples to help demonstrate how your cover works. 

Expenses for Limited Companies

This guide will help give you a better understanding of how expenses can affect your tax bill and examples of what is and is not classed as an expense. 

The Benefits of Using a Specialist Accountant

This guide will demonstrate why you should use a specialist contractor and freelancer accountant whilst working via your own Limited Company.

Tax Planning for Limited Companies

Our specialist Tax Planning guide has been created to help you compliantly minimise both your company tax bill and your own Personal Tax bill on an ongoing basis, maximising your take-home pay.


Flat Rate VAT Scheme

This guide will explain flat rate VAT and explain how to work out the correct flat rate for your business.

Other Guides

Budget 2017 Summary

Brookson have consolidated the budget 2017 announcements to produce this guide which summarises the forthcoming tax changes and have also provided some hints and tips about how this could impact you as a contractor.

Autumn Statement 2016 Summary Guide

We have consolidated the 2016 Autumn Statement announcements to produce this guide which summarises the forthcoming changes and have also provided some hints and tips about how this could impact you.

Changes To Umbrella Working

This guide has been produced to help Umbrella Emplyees understand the legislative changes that came into effect on the 6th April 2016

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