Guidance

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 HM Revenue and Customs (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 for 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

Catch up with the latest available webinar about getting started to find out:

  • how to tell HMRC you’re self-employed
  • what National Insurance you’ll pay
  • how to keep records and budget for your first tax bill

Register for the next live webinar for sole traders and self-employed partnerships to find out about business expenses and the Self Assessment tax return.

Use the online course 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

How to pay your tax bill

Catch up with the latest available webinar about payments to HMRC to find out how:

  • your first tax bill is calculated
  • to pay your tax bill
  • you can budget for your first bill

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:

Accounting for your income and expenses

Catch up with the latest available webinar about cash basis if you’re a sole trader or business partnership.

This webinar isn’t suitable for limited liability partnerships or limited companies.

Business expenses

Catch up with the latest available webinar about:

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

  • allowable business expenses
  • capital allowances
  • simplified expenses

Car expenses

Catch up with the latest available webinar about car expenses to find out about:

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

Capital allowances

Catch up with the latest available webinar about capital allowances to find out how to claim tax relief when buying or improving vehicles and equipment for your business.

Childminders

Catch up with the latest available webinar about tax and National Insurance for childminders.

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

Catch up with the latest available webinar for foster carers to find out:

  • how to use qualifying care relief
  • how to keep records
  • what to put on your tax return

Catch up with the latest available webinar about tax returns for foster carers to find out how to fill in the self-employment section of a Self Assessment tax return.

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 28 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Register for the next live webinars for childminders and foster carers.
  2. The webinars have been updated.
  3. The latest webinars about setting up your business have been updated.
  4. The latest webinars for self assessment, record keeping and foster carers have been added.
  5. Webinars being run in support of Small Business Saturday will be available on 2 December 2017.
  6. First published.