Robin Clevett offers great advice on where to start when setting up your trade business

Posted: Tuesday, March 1st, 2022

Robert Clevett likes to say he has never had a job – he’s always worked for himself. Over the years he has fine-tuned finding his own jobs, pricing up work, convincing clients to hire him, and (as important) getting them to pay him.

However, the prospect of going alone for many tradespeople is intimidating and stressful. So where to start? How do you manage your own accounts? How do you handle the tax man? What do you mean, there’s no paid holidays? And how does being self-employed tradesperson impact your big life plans, like buying a house?

On last week's Carpentry Show, Robin gave tradespeople thinking of spreading their wings and heading out on their own, some basic starter tips.

For the full show, click below.








1 – Get registered with HMRC

2 – Register for VAT

3 – Business Account

4 – Get insured

5 – Keep accurate and up-to-date financial records

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