Sole Trader Start Up Pack

Want to set up as a Sole Trader but not sure what you need to do?

Then let us get you started with our Sole Trader Start Up services. We’ll take care of everything, all you need to do is:

  • complete a simple form
  • send it back to us

We’ll do the rest.

Want to reserve your limited company name to trade with in the future? Choose our Sole Trader Plus pack!

Please note - You will need an National Insurance (NI) number to operate as a Sole Trader.

Sole Trader


Sole Trader Plus


Proof of ID

Proof of ID

We have a legal obligation to check Proof of ID and Proof of Address. This is to ensure we comply with Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations and 'Know Your Customer' (KYC) requirements. Please check this article to see which documents we can accept.

Should I be a sole trader or limited company?

Find out using our Sole Trader v Limited Company web app.

Sole Trader FAQs

What do I receive with the HMRC Registration?

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

How long does the registration take?

You will receive your UTR from HMRC in approximately 6 weeks.

Can I trade before I receive my UTR?

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

How do I apply for my Barclays Business Bank Account?

A link will be provided in your purchase confirmation email, just follow it to access your bank account application (it’s a simple one page form to fill, then Barclays will contact you!). If you can’t find the email please contact us.

Will I get the guides through the post?

No, all guides are provided electronically as PDFs.

Where can I find my guides?

A link will be provided in your purchase confirmation email, just follow it to access all your guides. If you can’t find the email please contact us.

Are there any additional fees to pay?

Sole Trader: No, it's a one off payment.

Sole Trader Plus: Yes, but only for the company name reservation service. There is an annual maintenance fee of £99.99 which includes preparation & filing of all statutory requirements (confirmation statement & annual accounts). This ensures the company remains reserved for another year.

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