If you’re a contractor, you need to choose between several different business structures and it’s important you choose the right one for your business goals. Each business structure has different associated tax and admin benefits and costs. Your ideal structure will depend on your own unique circumstances. We’ll help you decide what’s best for you.

Account Direct offers a wide range of business options...

Limited company

Working as a limited company is now the most popular choice for contractors, freelancers and consultants. One of the main reasons for this is because it's ....Read more

Agency Payroll

Choosing to work through an agency does have its benefits. The agency will source work on your behalf, plus there is a degree of flexibility and variety to....Read more

Sole Trader

Of course, there are still things to consider. Not only is the onus on you to source work, but responsibility and liability for the whole business rest wit....Read more


Partnerships are like sole traders but have more than one owner. Doctors, dentists and solicitors commonly use partnerships.

Offshore Company

Typically, a contractor in this setup is paid a very small salary on which he or she pays tax and National Insurance contributions, but receive the majorit....Read more

Limited Liability Partnership

A Limited Liability Partnership does for partnerships what a Limited Company does for Sole Traders. That is, it establishes the business as a legally separ....Read more

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