Starting as self employed soon and need advice on other job?

It can be very confusing sometimes knowing what status you are as you work on a self employed job while working another job as an employee. Are you technically an employee, or are you self employed. Does how long you are working make a difference or not? Well the person asking the question below has found out that he is actually both that is, his self employed job makes him self employed, and his employee job makes him employed.

I need to register as self employed as I will be starting a freelance role (I’m a journalist) although I still would like to carry on with my part time call centre job. What do I need to do? I’m finding this very confusing!
I mean I need to register as self employed so am I still able to work part time for this other place?
Am I allowed to be employed by a company whilst being self employed?

Yes, you can be both employed and self-employed. It is quite common for people to have income with each status. There sometimes seems confusion that a person has to be the same status with everything.
HMRC is quite rigid about status, certain criteria apply for either. look at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk , then into individuals, then other topics, then employment status indicator under toolbar.
You will need to complete an annual Tax Return. In addition to the basic form, you will need an employment page, and a self-employment page.
The only restriction may come from your employer. You need to make sure that what you are proposing to do isn’t prohibited by your contract of employment.

Bear in mind if you are not in the UK that the answer above relates to the UK. Other countries may treat this scenario differently, and you may wish to check with your countries tax authority if that is the case when considering your own circumstances.

3 thoughts on “Starting as self employed soon and need advice on other job?”

  1. what do you mean register? you do not need to do anything.

    you will need to make estimated tax payments on your journalist earnings if self employed.
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  2. Yes you can have both jobs. Your employer will continue to pay your tax on the first job as normally. You contact the Revenue regarding your self employed job and will get a tax return at the end of the year that you fill in relating to your self employment. Ring the Revenue helpline and they will give you all the information that you need.
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  3. Yes, you can be both employed and self-employed. It is quite common for people to have income with each status. There sometimes seems confusion that a person has to be the same status with everything.
    HMRC is quite rigid about status, certain criteria apply for either. look at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk , then into individuals, then other topics, then employment status indicator under toolbar.
    You will need to complete an annual Tax Return. In addition to the basic form, you will need an employment page, and a self-employment page.
    The only restriction may come from your employer. You need to make sure that what you are proposing to do isn’t prohibited by your contract of employment.
    References :
    Retired tax office employee.

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