I've looked at the HM site previously, and tax isn't too bad to deal with (hardest part is keeping on top of all the invoices/bills so you have all the figures needed to fill in your tax return), however a good acountant should save you more than what they cost.
Other option is one of the many online accountants that cater to small buisnesses/sole traders.
Only reason I've been looking, is I should really be doing a tax return for the mountainbike guiding/coaching I do :whistling:
Mmmm, how beefy is the bandsaw? Need one that cuts straight and if your on your own, unattended + suds pump. Can't beat a really big recipricating hacksaw with lub pump. Then just leave it to do what it does. I have a Sealy, saves me no end of time. Like this http://bandsaws.co.uk/Product/Power_...ealey_Hacksaws , second hand mine was free, broken gear, fixed = £12.
TomSherline lathe, Chester DB11V lathe, Myford/ Rodney mill, CNC mill Isel/ home made, Sealy Hack Saw, Meddings Pillar drill.
I have this one, and I think Jazz has it too. It now seems good and cuts pretty square:
(The best thing is I won it, so it cost me nothing!)
There's a quite big reciprocating one at school... it takes longer than the bandsaw, but it cuts nicely and seems reliable.
04-10-2011 #15Sherline lathe, Chester DB11V lathe, Myford/ Rodney mill, CNC mill Isel/ home made, Sealy Hack Saw, Meddings Pillar drill.
Setting up a new business: you say you've budgeted £13k for plant, but £200 for misc tools - have you considered your measuring gear (micrometers, slip gauges etc)? These can cost a small fortune on their own. Have you considered the likely largest sizes of gauges you'll need? Bear in mind some customers may ask for evidence of calibrations etc, ie ££. Have you considered the rest of your start up costs? Rent (if applicable), business rates, material stock (bear in mind you'll likely have to pay for it possibly weeks before you see a penny), energy? What about transport? Have you a plan (and a budget) to deliver finished items? And a reserve to cover cashflow while things are lean? Have you budgeted the installation cost of machines eg upgrading / relocation of electrical systems (and pipework if need be)? Accountancy fees? Legal fees? Have you neighbours near your workshop who might object to factors like noise or traffic? Is there a possibility that you may need planning permission etc? What about lifting / moving equipment (pallet truck, forklift, overhead crane)? Have you set a budget for these thing if you need them? This might seem like a silly question, but have you a sub-contractor that can do work for you that you can't handle yourself?
It might seem like a long list (and possibly off-point), but the more factors you're aware of, the more thought you can give it, and the less likely you'll run into hiccups later on.
Another thing came to mind recently, ISO registration many companys will not give work to unregistered subcontractors. As Adie said in the last post the more you are aware of the less pitfalls you will encounter along the way.:tup:
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