SPECIALIST ACCOUNTANTS FOR CLEANERS
Tax Return for Cleaners
With modern life becoming busier and busier, people are increasingly hiring freelance cleaners to clean their homes.
Businesses also require the assistance of freelance cleaners to keep their offices clean, and therefore keep their employees happy.
What skills does a freelancer cleaner need?
- Fit and healthy: You’ll need to spend hours at a time on your feet, so you’ll need to be relatively fit.
- Polite: You’ll often be working in people’s homes, so you need to be respectful. Being polite when cleaning for businesses won’t hurt, either.
- Flexible: You’ll have to work at different times of the day depending on the job. For example, offices are usually cleaned in the evening, after employees have gone home.
How to find work as a freelance cleaner
Once you have more experience, finding work as a freelance cleaner will become easier, but in the early days of your new career, here are a few things you can do to market yourself:
- dd yourself to directories: Online directories such as Yell.com offer free listings. People will be able to find your cleaning service when they search for cleaners.
- Place local adverts: Placing adverts in local shops and newspapers is relatively inexpensive, and you’ll be able to target a specific population/community.
- Word of mouth: If you’re looking to clean clients’ homes, they’ll only let you work for them if they trust you. Your existing clients will recommend you to their friends if you do a good job.
- Social networking: Use social networking websites such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to make new contacts, and to tell people about your cleaning services.
- Set up a website: Most freelance cleaners don’t have a website, so having one to show your contact details and the services you offer will make you stand out and look more credible.
- Gain experience: It’s important to gain as much experience as possible in the early days, since people will be more likely to hire you to clean for them.
Your clients won’t be too happy if they have to buy cleaning supplies as well as pay you to clean.
You should look into buying all the cleaning supplies you’re likely to need, such as disinfectant and dusters, and bring them with you on cleaning jobs.
Public Liability Insurance
Getting Public Liability Insurance is essential when working as a freelance cleaner.
It will cover you financially if you accidentally damage any property while cleaning.
Businesses and people will also be more likely to hire you if they know that you’re covered.
Becoming a better freelance cleaner – gaining experience
Though formal training isn’t essential to becoming a freelance cleaner, you’ll need to find experience to learn how to clean homes and offices thoroughly.
Before you go freelance, it might be a good idea to find work with a cleaning company for a few hours a day.
This will give you the chance to learn the trade, and if the company you work for cleans in a variety of places, such as schools, offices, and homes, it will help you decide if you want to specialise in any area, or become a more general cleaner.
Accounting as a freelance cleaner
There are various benefits to freelancing as a cleaner, 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 your cleaning jobs.
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
- 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.