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Start out Strong

Helping you get started as a freelancer

New to Contracting

Your new life Starts Here

Starting a new career as a freelancer or contractor is exciting. You’ll have more flexibility to be your own boss and take control over how, where, and when you work. But changing direction can be daunting, especially when you’re used to the security of permanent employment.

We’re here to take the complexities of tax, accountancy, and pay off your hands, helping to make your self-employment journey a success – from set-up and beyond. With support from our specialist contractor accountants, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’re working tax efficiently and always compliant with important regulations, like IR35.

Free advice is just a phone call away!

Book a free 30 minute consultation with one of our expert limited company advisers to answer all your contracting questions.

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Take the first Step

Speak to one of our experts who will get to know you, understand your business plans, and offer support and guidance to help you get started the right way.


Get advice from our team who have helped hundreds of contractors thrive.


We provide a FREE company formation service. Ongoing, we’ll liaise with HMRC on your behalf.


Maximise your income with our comprehensive Umbrella or limited company accountancy packages.

More than just accountants

We have over 30 years of experience supporting new and experienced contractors to manage their financial obligations. We can help and advise you on everything from compliance to Corporation Tax – allowing you to focus on what you do best.

  • Tech-driven – Simple, online bookkeeping software for limited company contractors so you can manage your accounts 24/7.
  • Quick set-up –  Tailored set-up advice, Companies House formation, and bank account set up to get you up and running without delay.
  • Unlimited advice – Access to your own dedicated accountant for unlimited advice on managing accounts and running your PSC compliantly.
  • All your accounting taken care of – Proactive support, VAT returns, payroll for up to 2 employees, quarterly management accounts, year-end accounts, and corporation tax return done for you.
  • IR35 advice – Receive tailored IR35 advice upon formation from our team of experts.
  • Insurance – Select our Professional or Premium packages to save money with Professional Indemnity, Public Liability, and Employers’ Liability Insurance included as standard.
  • Partners – Make the most of our trusted partnerships, with exclusive access to IFAs, self-employed mortgage advisers, legal advice, and much more.
  • Flexibility – Freedom to switch between Umbrella for ‘inside’ and your limited company for ‘outside’ IR35 roles, maximising your take-home pay with our IR35 Switch solution.

Are you affected by IR35?

As a freelancer, you need to be aware of HMRC’s IR35 rules as they may impact how you structure your business and how much tax you pay. This may sound complicated, but don’t worry! We’re experts in all aspects of tax and compliance. So when you get in touch with us, we’ll be happy to tell you what you need to know. We can also provide IR35 assessments, enabling you to start out strong, confident you’re maximising your take-home pay whilst acting compliantly.

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Meet the IPSE Incubator

Wherever you are in your self-employed career, take your business to the next level with IPSE’s 12-month support programme.

Plus, receive 20% off IPSE’s incubator when we’re your contractor accountant.

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Ashok Mehta

Biopharmaceutical Consultant

After taking on contractual work in 2003, Ashok enjoyed self-employment so much that he set up his own Biopharmaceutical Consultancy and with our support in running his limited company accounts, he has “never looked back”.

“Don’t wait for the perfect time to start as it will never come. My favourite…

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Phil Birley

Sentinel Scaffolding

Phil Birley and Tim Solomons co-founded Sentinel Scaffolding at the end of 2017. After a “simple and easy” set up, we’ve been helping Phil and Tim manage their accounts, giving them the headspace to ensure they’re keeping people safe throughout their operations.

“My advice to anyone thinking of starting a…

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The start of a New Chapter

To help you prepare for your journey into self-employment, we’ve developed this great guide to get you thinking about some important questions and give you first-hand advice from our contractors who are already making the most of self-employment. This guide will cover:

  • How to charge correctly, maximise your income & work tax-efficiently.
  • Tips on finding the best work & marketing yourself well.
  • Case studies: lessons from successful contractors.
  • Accountancy checklist for simple set-up.
  • Pensions, mortgages, and other big financial questions.
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