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Register as a Sole Trader Today

Join the 3.4 million sole traders in the UK & run your own business as an individual - with Online Filings it's fast, easy, affordable and done right.

 Register as a Sole Trader now

Self-employed HMRC Registration
Unique Tax Reference Sent at Home
Pricing Starts at £29.99
Company Name Reservation Service

Become Sole Trader is as easy as 1 | 2 | 3

1. Check your company name availability

You can trade under your own name, or you can choose another name for your business. You don’t need to register your name.

2. Complete a simple form in 5 min

Select one of our formation package then fill out our short 100% online application. We'll take care of sending your application to HMRC.

3. Receive your Unique Tax Reference at home

We'll register you as self-employed with HMRC. They will send you your Unique Tax Reference (UTR).

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the sole trader status

If you’re a sole trader, you run your own business as an individual and are self-employed.
You can keep all your business’s profits after you’ve paid tax on them. You’re personally responsible for any losses your business makes.

Can I trade before I receive my UTR

Yes, absolutely! You just need to make sure you are registered within 3 months of trading.

Your responsibilities as a sole trader

You’ll need to:

- keep records of your business’s sales and expenses
- Send a Self Assessment tax return every year
- Pay Income Tax on your profits and Class 2 and Class 4 National Insurance
- You’ll need to apply for a National Insurance number if you’re moving to the UK to set up a business.

What information do I need to provide

You’ll need to supply information such as:

- National Insurance (NI) number (If you don’t have an NI number, we can apply for one for you for an additionnal fee)
- Name
- Date of birth
- Postal address
- Name of business
- What type of work you do
- Start date

How long does registration take

Depending on your package, we process applications between 1 to 7 business days. It then takes 10 working days (21 days if you’re abroad) to complete the registration process.

Start Your Limited Company Using a Formation Agent

Online Filings offers entrepreneurs professional expert advice and assistance to register a company and provide:

Professional Services

Online Filings is a Companies House authorised formation agent. This means that we have developped our own incorporation software, approved by Companies House which securely sends all your information directly to Companies House.

Fast and Easy Process

We have simplified the formation process by creating a streamlined registration form. Our online digital assistant provides useful tips for a step by step support. Your limited company can be incorporated within a few hours and your new business bank account will be ready within days.

Lifetime Customer Support

Call, email or chat; we’re here for you. We provide help with added services after your business has been incorporated.