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How do I register as self-employed?

  • Have you started a business?
  • Are you doing business activity for profit rather than just as a hobby?

Then you need to register as self-employed with HMRC.

Register as self-employed

  • Step 1: Go to HMRC’s website and register as a new business. Link here
  • Step 2: Follow the instructions.
  • Step 3: You’re done.

What to check to make sure it all goes smoothly:

  • You receive your Unique Tax Reference (UTR)
  • You’re registered for Self Assessment Online and receive your activation code
  • You’re registered for Class 2 National Insurance

That’s it. Simples.

Welcome to your brave new world. Congratulations!

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