How would I go about setting myself up as a self employed landscape gardener?

I've been recently made redundant after spending over 6 years in the gardening trade and have struggled to find a similar job with another company and have been contemplating going self employed, I have the landscape knowledge, the tools and a vehicle but am unsure of what legal cover I would need, has anyone else on here become self employed?

Asked By: Julian G - 5/27/2010
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It would serve you well to spend an hour or two with a bookkeeper who can tell you what accounting and tax needs you will have. This area is the downfall of many small businesses... More
Answered By: RetiredDebtFree - 5/27/2010
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You would need to declare as self employed to HMRC, and pay self-employed NICs. Get an accountant to do your annual self-assessment... More
Answered By: Get Cameron out - 5/27/2010
The first thing you need to do is work out how you're going to find customers. They won't come knocking on your door. Once you've fathomed that one out, put together a business plan to see whether it's likely to provide you with the income you want. Most small businesses fail because the owners didn't spend enough... More
Answered By: old know all - 5/27/2010
Speak to HMRC about registering as self employed. The minimum insurance you would require would be public liability insurance.
Answered By: Sarky - 5/27/2010
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