Beyond redundancy: setting up as a sole trader

Due to COVID-19, our courses are currently suspended until further notice. Details of resumption of the vocational training programme will be communicated in due course. In the meantime, take a look at our new new online bitesize vocational training programme.

Who’s it aimed at?

If you’ve been employed, are going through redundancy and want to set up as self- employed, this is the course you can’t afford to miss.

It’s particularly aimed at creative people, production folk and anyone who feels like running for the hills when they hear the words ‘tax return’.

No previous knowledge of self-employment is necessary. And it doesn’t matter what kind of business you’re setting up. It could be anything from consulting to dog grooming, production work to jewellery making.

What will I learn?

Setting up on your own is daunting when you’ve not done it before. So we go through ways to organise yourself, how to get to grips with the big changes coming up in taxation, and plenty of short cuts so that you can hit the ground running.

Areas covered include:

  • why self-employment is different from employment
  • why a sole trader is different from a limited company
  • separating out your personal and business finances
  • what is tax and national insurance
  • paperwork you need to keep (and how to keep it without going mad)
  • getting ready for Making Tax Digital: digital record keeping
  • how not to run out of cash
  • understanding your market
  • how not to work too hard.

What resources will I get?

You’ll get templates and downloads aplenty so that you’re not wasting your precious time and can focus on being great at the fun stuff. And everything’s online for you.

Who’s the trainer?

David Thomas has been running his famous ‘setting up as a sole trader’ courses for redundant staff for 13 years. Clients include the BBC, ITV and indies. David understands what you’re going through. He set up his own small business after 22 years of employment at the BBC.

It can be done!


BECTU office
373-377 Clapham Road
London SW9 9BT


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