Posted on: 21 September 2016

An in-depth guide to setting yourself up as a full time, self-employed blogger with contributions from Expert Bloggers.

Are you considering making the leap into the world of full time blogging?

Many bloggers begin as a hobby and this develops into a full time career. Making this jump can be daunting and you may not know where to begin.

This downloadable guide covers the key things you need to know before making the jump; from registering with the HMRC and becoming self-employed to self-assessment, expenses and making a full time career from your blog.

People turning passion into business is one of the defining elements of the UK’s self-employment rise in recent years.

Blogging is a relatively new business prospect and like all business setups, it requires knowledge and time to set up correctly. Fortunately, these days setting up a blog is easier than ever, but there are a multitude of things that you need to consider before you decide to blog as a business.

This guide provides information to support bloggers with some of the more common decisions and considerations that you would need to take into account before setting up a blog as a business. It is designed to give you tips and hints on everything from setting up your blogging business with HMRC to information on insurance for bloggers.


Guide Contents

Becoming self-employed

What to consider before deciding whether to become a full time blogger.

  • How and when do I need to register as self-employed?

What taxes do bloggers pay?

A guide to becoming a self-assessment taxpayer.

  • Self-assessment
  • Declaring bloggers income
  • Income Tax
  • National Insurance
  • Value Added Tax (VAT)

Business bank accounts

The importance of separating your business finances from your personal day-to-day living.

  • Do I need a business bank account?
  • How to set up a business bank account?
  • How to set up a PayPal business account?

Managing your income and expenses

Covering costs typically incurred while conducting business and tips for managing your income.

  • Expenses
  • Managing freelance income

Insurance for bloggers

If you’re running a blog as a business, you will need to protect it like a business.

Blogging tips

Tips from the professionals to ensure you get off to the right start

  • All time top 5 blogging tips
  • Achieving a good work/life balance as a professional blogger

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