Specialist Accountants Tax Return for Web Developer

Tax Return for Web Developer

With the world increasingly reliant on the internet, web developers play a very important role in making everything run smoothly.

Whereas it’s usually a web designer who makes a website look pretty, it’s the job of a web developer, also known as a web programmer, to make sure it functions properly.

The ability to do anything from ordering your shopping online to posting cat photos on Facebook is down to web developers writing the code to ensure it all runs smoothly.

What does a web developer do?

A web developer is responsible for building a website and making it work properly, which involves:

  • Working with clients to understand what they want their website to do.
  • Work with a web designer on a website’s appearance.
  • Test the site’s functionality before it goes live to fix any bugs.
  • Ensure a website has good user accessibility and security.

Learning to be a freelance web developer – training and qualifications

Web technology is constantly developing, so it’s important you have the most up to date knowledge.

Before becoming a freelance web developer, you should study an IT-related university degree.

A few relevant subjects include:

  • Web content management
  • Computer programming
  • Business information systems
  • Multimedia design
  • Web development
  • Web design

Building on the basics of web development

If you’re ever going to be a good web developer, you’ll have to start at the most basic level, which is HTML and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets).

Though it’s possible to design websites without a huge knowledge of coding, for example on WordPress, a professional web developer is expected to be able to do everything with just a text editor.

You can then build on your knowledge and learn more advanced coding such as PHP and JavaScript, which will allow you to add more complex functionality to websites.

You’ll probably choose to specialise in a certain area, which will allow you to narrow down which of the many coding languages to learn:

  • Perl
  • ActionScript
  • Ajax
  • XML
  • SQL
  • MySQL databases
  • Java
  • #

What skills and qualities do you need to be a freelance web developer?

Being a freelance web developer can be a hugely rewarding career if you have the right skills and qualities:

  • A strong interest in IT, the internet, and computers: Since the industry and technology is always changing, you’ll need to be interested enough to always keep up with the latest news and changes.
  • Methodical: You’ll need to be able to keep your focus as you write code and look for solutions to any problems that arise.
  • People skills: Though web developers are usually seen as being geeks, if you want to be a successful freelancer, you’ll need to be good at communicating with your clients.
  • Creative and imaginative: You’ll need these qualities in order to turn a client’s vision into reality.
  • Organised but flexible: A web developer needs to be well-organised to write code, but flexible enough to make any changes required by a client.

How to find work as a freelance web developer

In the early days of your career as a freelance web developer, you’ll have to spend a lot of effort in marketing your services to find new clients.

Here are a few marketing ideas:

  • Set up a website: You should have a website showing your previous work, services, prices, and contact details. You should, of course, build the website yourself.
  • Portfolio: You should display a portfolio on your professional website to show your previous work. People will only hire you if they see you can do a good job.
  • Make business cards: Hand business cards out to friends, family, and anybody you think might need the services of a web developer.
  • Social media: Social media websites such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn are great places to talk about web developing, and to make new contacts.

Accounting as a freelance web developer

There are various benefits to freelancing as a web developer, from the freedom and flexibility to work with a variety of businesses and individuals to more take-home pay.

But there is one downside – accounting.

As a full-time employee, your tax is usually taken care of on your behalf in the form of PAYE.

As a freelancer you’ll have to keep a range of financial records and then prepare and pay a Self-Assessment tax return at the end of each business year.

Accountancy can be very confusing and can distract you from what you love doing.

Getting tax and accountancy advice

With most accountants, you’ll pay them to do your year-end accounts, and then they’ll forget about you until the next year.

But for your business to be run smoothly and successfully, you’ll need advice on tax and accountancy throughout the year, especially in the early days.

Pearl Accountants is different

Pearl Accountants provides an affordable and specialist accountancy service designed just for freelancers.

Throughout the year we’ll be on hand to give you any tax and accountancy advice you might need, including things like:

  • Take-home pay
  • Which VAT scheme to register for
  • Expenses
  • Tax allowances
  • Choosing between sole trader and limited company
  • Running your business in a tax-efficient way

We charge for our accountancy services in a clear and simple way, which means you’ll never receive an unexpected bill, and you can get in touch for advice whenever you want without the worry of being charged a fortune like you would with many other accountants.

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