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Private Tutoring

Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by asgilroy, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. Hi everyone,
    Thanks to people who have taken the time to answer my queries. I am in the middle of research for my own sole trader private tuition business. Two questions today

    1. As a safety conscious teacher, what Health and Safety considerations are there for private tutoring?

    2. The finances seem complicated. I am happy with yearly Self Assessment Tax returns, the unique system for Self employed N.I contributions is simple enough. However when you throw in VAT obligations and possibly Business tax, I feel like an accountant not a teacher. Should I just get an accountant/business advisor?

    Many thanks

  2. hhhh

    hhhh Lead commenter

    1 All the ones you knowalready, tho it's unlikely you will have rude children who deliberately try to injure themselves or you
    2 Not sure of the legal aspects. Most have insurance and just do online self assessment
  3. Interesting questions.
    1) As a teacher just do what you've always done. Get public liability insurance, it is a legal requirement.
    2) Finances aren't really complicated. I set up a spreadsheet that calculates everything I need for my tax returns etc. With regards to VAT, as I understand it you need to earn about £60,000 per annum before this applies. As a sole trader if you manage to earn this good luck to you. If you don't feel happy doing your own accounts then try a book keeper first. They are much cheaper than an accountant and should be adequate for the type of work you will face.
    Keep very clear records, I write everything in a big desk diary. This shows who I have seen each day and the mileage involved.
    You must also register as self-employed within about 6 months of starting, there is a hefty fine if you don't. Most business advice centres can fill you in on all this and they offer this for free.
  4. Thanks
  5. cheers
  6. cheers


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