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UK Citizen / Open Company / Travels alot

I am a UK citizen needs to open a company/make use of a virtual office etc

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Hello,

I am a UK citizen however I'm spending more and more time travelling and I give some training courses online. So effectively I'm 100% online.

Unfortunately I was let go due to the quarantine and instead of wallowing in self-pity decided to take advantage of the situation and start my own company.

When I am in the UK I'd used our mum's house or my brother's house.

So I don't earn a lot of money so I was considering to become a sole trader is probably the best option as I think I would earn less than 30,000 a year. 

I would like to make use of a virtual office because then they will send me all the letters via PDF. So that makes sense. 

So my question is, do I have to use my mother's address to register with company house? can I use everything 100% with a virtual office. 

Only have a bank account registered under my name with my mother's address. 

At the moment I'm giving training but I am trying to put some online courses together and I will sell them online to the whole world effectively. 

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Sorry about this but due to the quarantine it has kind of put me in a fair fight or flight situation. 

 

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Scalloway Castle
By scalloway
11th Jul 2020 22:04

If you are a sole trader you don't need to register with Companies House, just HMRC.

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By Antone Wilkins
11th Jul 2020 22:59

So you only need original company house if you have an LTD. Would that be a better option?

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By Tim Vane
11th Jul 2020 22:29

Yeah, just phone HMRC, or register online as Self Employed. No need to do much more than that really, if you are a "UK citizen" (which is an odd thing to say BTW). I am a bit confused how you can travel a lot and still be mostly online. Seems exactly the opposite of what I'd expect.

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By Antone Wilkins
11th Jul 2020 22:59

Hello Tim. Possible thank you for the information. Why is UK citizen I mean that I have a British passport and born in the UK. Seems quite relevant with breaks it around the corner. Second of all if you coordinate your time well of course you can travel and give appropriate training online. That's the power of the Internet.

But to summarise what you are saying.

1. Call HMRC Or register online self-employed.
2. I assume I would need an accountant.
3. And what about the virtual office, car use this to register my address the HMRC. Almost it be my mother's address.

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By Antone Wilkins
11th Jul 2020 23:00

No idea why this message was posted twice.

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By gillybean04
11th Jul 2020 23:10

You need both legal & accounting advice. That much is clear from your post given you simultaneously talk about becoming a sole trader and setting up your own comany/registering with CH.

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ALISK
By atleastisoundknowledgable...
12th Jul 2020 16:54

Ignore Companies House. Let HMRC know that you’re trading as a sole trader and give them your mum’s address. That’s it.

You only need a virtual office if you think people (ie clients) will be sending you ‘real’ post, or if you think that you have an office somewhere.

And yes, get an accountant ASAP.

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