Contractor Guides

As a contractor, finding the best advice is not always easy. Our guides are here to provide all of the information you need about contracting, whether you decide to establish your own company or use an umbrella.

If you're new to contracting, our guide can provide all of the information you need to get started.

Ideal to help you make the transition from permanent employment to running your own limited company.

Our step-by-step guide can provide all of the necessary information to starting and running a limited company if you're new to contracting.

All of the information you need about where to find new contracts.

As a contractor, there are certain expenses which you can claim during work. This guide will help to understand what you can claim.

For information about IR35 and how to determine whether your contract falls inside or outside. 

Our pay calculator can help you to determine how much you could take home as a contractor working under your own limited company.

Everything you need to know about paying dividends.

As there are a number of different factors to consider when deciding whether to go limited or umbrella, this guide will help you weigh up your options

You may also find the following case studies and pages useful:


Help with your questions from SJD

Still not found the answer you're looking for? Why not try our Contractor Frequently Asked Questions section.

For further information or advice, please call our new business team on 01442 275789 or email

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SJD Accountancy

SJD Accountancy are the UK's largest specialist provider of fixed fee, Limited company accountancy services to contractors; we've been acting for contractors across the UK since 1992 and have more than 15,000 clients.

We are the only national specialist firm of contractor accountants with offices nationwide. SJD Accountancy has more qualified staff than any other firm in our market with qualifications from the following major tax and accountancy bodies - ATT, AAT, CTA, ACCA, CA, ACA and FCCA.

  • Unlimited face to face meetings. This is a unique service only SJD Accountancy offers - unlimited face to face meetings across the UK - tax is complicated and sometimes only a meeting will do.
  • UK's largest contractor accountants with more qualified staff. No call centres, no outsourcing, no automated call handling. Simply telephone, email or meet your own dedicated accountant face to face.
  • Money back service guarantee. All your Emails received by 4pm on any normal working day will be answered the same day. Should it be necessary to leave a telephone message it will be answered same day/following day latest or we will make a full refund of that months fee.
  • Outstanding reputation. We have won more awards for customer service and accountancy excellence than any other firm in our market, including: Best Accountant for Contractors, Accountant of the Year and Best Professional Service Team to name just a few.
  • All inclusive low cost fixed fee accountancy package which includes completion of accounts*, payroll bureau, dividends and corporation tax computations, personal taxation, free bookkeeping software, your own dedicated accountant* and all company returns for a fixed fee starting from £120 plus VAT per month. Check our packages for more detail.

If you have any questions about contracting or would like any further advice please call our new business team on 01442 275789 or email: Our new business team is open Monday to Thursday (8am to 8pm), Friday (8am to 7pm) and Saturday (10am to 4pm)

Appoint SJD Accountancy and never worry about your tax or accountancy affairs again.

Form your own limited company with SJD - our same day online company formation service includes company bank account set up, VAT/PAYE registration and advice on optimum share structure. 

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*If you would like us to complete your company year end accounts we simply ask that you have been a client of SJD for one year or have made 12 monthly payments. All accountants are part or fully qualified.