Setting up a Limited Company might sound confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. There are many great benefits to making things official and starting a venture of this nature. If you’re not sure where to begin, this helpful guide can show you the way. Remember, everybody has to start somewhere, and so there is no shame in learning. After all, educating yourself on this interesting aspect of the business world is the best way to progress as a startup.
You might imagine that this process would involve you filling out reams of endless paperwork, but the reality is quite different. In fact, with the help of 1st Online, you can set up a Limited Company in just a few hours, which means that you don’t need to worry about dedicating too much time to it. Despite that, this process is by no means one that you ought to rush to start. Once you have set up your business, it is hard to liquidate the company, so you need to be 100% sure of your decision before you start completing any of the forms.
How to set up a Limited Company for contracting
The first thing you need to do is choose a company name. The good news is that most professionals find this aspect of the process to be the hardest part. You need to make sure that there is no other Company operating under the name. Checking whether the Company name is available will be the best way to do so, and this will save you lots of time and trouble later. You can check company name availability through Companies House, where there are tools to help you find a name to suit your Company.
Once you have chosen an apt name for your business, you will need to register your company and start filling out some details to start the incorporation process.The forms you have to fill in should not take you more than five or ten minutes to complete. You will need to have a valid credit card available to you when you complete this aspect of the process. When you have finished this application, it should take about three hours or even less to register.
Once the initial process is complete, you will then receive paperwork through the post. These forms are important because they will ask you to provide all the relevant information about your Company. You should take your time to fill out these forms and ensure they are 100% accurate. Once your Company is official, you can start trading under the Limited name.
Limited Company Set-up Checklist
So, what will you need to have with you when you sit down to incorporate your business? You need to make sure that you are ready to complete the entire process before you begin. Here is a list of things that you will need:
● Your chosen Company name (this should be unique)
● A valid credit card
● Director details – That is your personal and professional information.
● Shareholder information – If there are any other parties, you will need their details.
How Much Will Setting up a Limited Company Cost?
Here at 1st Online, we want to help our clients succeed. So we’ll take care of the paperwork and incorporate your company completely FREE of charge when you sign up to one of our accounting packages.
The costs start with a rather impressive basic package deal. For as little as £20 per month, we can take care of the mounting fees of owning a Limited Company. If you would like to pay just one lump sum, you should try our annual subscription, which will cost you just £228. That fee affords you an excellent 5% discount, which means that you save money right away. And, if you want to subscribe for two years, we will give you a 10% discount so it will cost you just £432. For these fees, you get the Limited Company formation, Company registration and a bank account, as well as access to our cloud based software.
What are the benefits for contractors and freelancers?
Trading as a Limited Company provides a wide range of benefits, from offering complete control of your company to a typically higher take home pay. It is the most tax efficient option for contractors and freelancers and presents a professional business identity to your clients. Once you have formed your business, you can start enjoying its benefits – so why wait? Start the incorporation process today!
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