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Client threatening legal action constantly

Life's too short.. You have 2 choices.... Invoice for the work you've completed. Wait until that invoice is paid. Then tell him you're done. You'll package everything and prepare to deliver things ...
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Legal document/vinculation for being paid with future profits

Step 1 - Run away. Step 2 - Refer to step one. I say this because this is how many freelancers get stuck doing work for free, or much less than they should be. Future profits mean nothing when you're ...
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Can I keep my personal address private when setting up a UK Ltd company?

Each company needs to have a registered address. The company's address does not need to be one where it does business - just one where official mail and court papers etc can be delivered. It would not ...
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Income tax when working as freelancer through Upwork (UK)

good idea to start a bit of freelancing on the side! There are some rules but they are easy and shouldn't scare you off. I'm in the UK too: the income is taxable in the same way as your normal ...
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As a web developer, how much should I charge a British company?

You've done good research on how much you should charge. You can follow those guidelines. You might have to undercut at first to prove your credibility. There are plenty of web designers out there, ...
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Client threatening legal action constantly

It is good the customer has paid you. Unless contracted to provide services to them for the rest of your life, consider it ample opportunity to reconsider your relationship. I would avoid a customer ...
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Registered as a Ltd company but not traded yet; government threatening me for not filing taxes

I don't know the specifics of the UK, but at a high level I suspect it is similar to the US. Once you have formally registered your business entity, the government expects periodic reporting from you ...
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Is there a freelance / contracting website that mostly focuses on the United Kingdom market and caters mostly for UK remote-based IT workers?

Whilst impossible to state that 'no that site does not exist', I can say that no such site exists that has significant market share and thus would not suffer from the same problem as the PeoplePerHour ...
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What are the rules for Freelancing overseas with a US company but residing in the UK?

This varies from place to place and sometimes with time, as well as the relationships of the countries involved. In general, it is a reasonably safe bet that some sort of work permit is required to ...
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U.S. Citizen performing contract work globally for a U.K.-based company

If you're working outside the UK, you do not need a UK work visa. Visas are for those physically entering the UK — should you to travel to the UK you can find a definitive answer on the UK government'...
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Should I add VAT to an invoice for 2 days freelance work in the UK?

In the UK, domestic work is VAT-exempt if you don't meet the income threshold for VAT (currently £82,000). If they ask for your VAT number for tax purposes, simply state that you are not registered ...
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Validity of a signed PDF (England)

I don't know about overseas, I'm in the US. However, a signature is a signature - whether it's in a PDF or scanned as jpg, or a digital signature - they all indicate an agreement to terms. What is ...
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If using Gumroad, is there still a need to become self employed in the EU?

Yes to the question title, no to the question in the text. Gumroad simply deals with the EU VAT paperwork for you, nothing else. Registering as self-employed, filing taxes with HMRC etc. is all a ...
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I am a US citizen living in the US, can I freelance for a UK company?

It is perfectly acceptable to work from the US for a UK company. You will need to invoice the UK company from a US entity (either Inc or self-employed), paying the taxes at a state and federal level ...
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Starting as sole trader / limited company in the UK

Yes. I started as a Sole Trader and after a couple of years, registered as a limited company as my company grew. You will still act as a company, but a sole trader is a lot easier and cheaper to set ...
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What should I know about taxes/VAT being a freelance artist?

Yes, they can pay you without a VAT number. Just tell them that you're not VAT-registered, and send them the normal details (bank account and sort code, or address to send a cheque to). If you earn ...
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As a web developer, how much should I charge a British company?

The main reason that companies will undercut prices is to take a short-term loss, drive competitors out (since they can no longer compete in that market), then raise prices again, since they now have ...
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Choosing Uk registered address for a limited company

A virtual office can be useful but decide what you need it to do. There are some very cheap solutions out there (as previously linked) and that's fine if you just want to avoid having to change ...
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Freelance job posts VAT

Contract positions, almost without exception, are advertised exclusive of VAT. I say 'almost' but in several years of freelance working I've never been presented with a rate that was inclusive of VAT. ...
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Freelance job posts VAT

You have to ask a specific client about this. Some do include all fees, some not. There is no rule. The only truth is that if you don't ask, they will pay you offered price and handle the fees ...
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UK (HMRC) Do I need to register as "self employed" if already under Self Assessment

This question is a bit older now - but I see it come up a lot and wanted to answer it 'properly'. There is a separate process for registering as a sole trader with HMRC in the UK, so yes, you will ...
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Paying another self employed person if we work together (UK)

Why would it be illegal? It seems you are buying a service (that you cannot provide) from your partner. Nothing wrong with that. Whether your company structure is optimal, is another matter that ...
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Can I invoice an international customer without being a registered VAT company?

They can ask, but if you do not have one then you do not have one. It is not mandatory for a company to be VAT registered if you are a small company. I think the limit is about 80k a year before you ...
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Non- Vat Invoice? How to invoice?

That gov.uk link is a very good one. There are some non-government sites which also give advice on running a small business and others which have templates for invoices. This Google Doc lists all the ...
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Should I include gratis overtime on an invoice?

Though I understand your view, I would strongly advise against displaying free hours on your invoice. It could just as easily be viewed as a passive-aggressive move, which is the exact opposite of ...
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Can a client sue when I removed the work I did after they didn't pay

When they say they will take legal actions, then so should you. Get lawyered up! I am not a lawyer and can not provide reliable legal advise. But I believe that it might not be a good idea to undo ...
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