Becoming self-employed

Your rights and duties

If you consider becoming self-employed - by offering your services in return of payment, as a freelancer, or as a consultant (or a "sole trader" according to HMRC) - you need to understand both the rights and responsibilities you have. 

Your obligations include:

Look at the HMRC summary of obligations for further information.

Your entitlements include:

If you have difficulty in deciding if you are employed or self-employed, please check on the HMRC website. It is important to remember that a self-employed person in one job might also simultaneously be employed in another job. Some of the responsibilities and rights are different to the ones that employees have.