Help and support if you’re self-employed

Get help if you’re running your own business by using videos, webinars and online courses from HMRC.

Available webinars are listed by subject and can last up to an hour.

To attend an upcoming live webinar, register and sign in at least 5 minutes before it starts.

You can ask your host questions using the on-screen text box.

What to do if you’re self-employed

Watch YouTube videos about Self Assessment help and deadlines to find out about:

  • registering for Self Assessment
  • your self-employed tax return
  • expenses if you’re self-employed

Setting up your business

Use the online guide about setting up and running your own business to find out about:

  • choosing a structure for your business
  • telling HMRC about your self-employment
  • keeping business records
  • claiming expenses

Financial support if you receive benefits

Catch up with the latest available webinar about support available from HMRC and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to help you set up a business. Find out about:

  • assistance available under the New Enterprise Allowance
  • registering with HMRC
  • your benefits and self-employment

Record keeping

Catch up with the latest available webinar about:

Business expenses

Watch our short series of YouTube videos about expenses



Allowable expenses

allowable expenses

Business expenses

business expenses

Simplified expenses

simplified expenses

Taxable profit

taxable profit

Register for the next live webinar about business expenses to find out about the most common allowable business expenses.

Use the online course self-employed business expenses to find out about:

  • allowable business expenses
  • capital allowances
  • simplified expenses

Car expenses for the self employed

To find out about

  • using the simplified expenses method
  • calculating the actual costs method
  • leasing a car and personal contract purchases

Capital allowances

Register for the next live webinar about capital allowances to find out how to claim tax relief when buying or improving vehicles and equipment for your business.


Use the online course about tax advice for childminders to find out about:

  • National Insurance
  • record keeping
  • what you can claim as an expense

Foster carers

Use the online course about tax for foster carers to find out about:

  • registering as self-employed
  • National Insurance and Income Tax
  • qualifying care relief

Selling alcohol

Catch up with the latest available webinar about the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme to find out:

  • about the scheme
  • how to register
  • about penalties

Use the online course for alcohol due diligence to find out about the checks you need to make.

If you’re a small or medium business buying or selling alcohol you can find out if you need to apply for approval to sell alcohol to another business.

Published 11 October 2017
Last updated 11 January 2019 + show all updates
  1. The webinars in the business expenses section have been replaced by YouTube videos.
  2. The online tax return section has been updated with the next live webinar for completing the Self Assessment tax return.
  3. Latest webinars for 'Setting up your business', 'Record keeping' have been added and new 'Online tax return' section added.
  4. The latest video about business expenses has been added.
  5. The latest webinar about accounting for your income and expenses, and a new video about expenses, have been added.
  6. Webinars for setting up your business, financial support if you receive benefits and childminders have been updated.
  7. Webinar links about how to pay your tax bill and childminders have been updated.
  8. The live webinar for childminders and foster carers scheduled for 5 July 2018 has been cancelled.
  9. Webinars for capital allowances, childminders, foster carers and selling alcohol have been updated.
  10. Register for the next live webinars for childminders and foster carers.
  11. The webinars have been updated.
  12. The latest webinars about setting up your business have been updated.
  13. The latest webinars for self assessment, record keeping and foster carers have been added.
  14. Webinars being run in support of Small Business Saturday will be available on 2 December 2017.
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