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Limited Company - FAQs


You should work through a Limited Company if: 

You earn over £25,000 per year, or £100 per day

You want to maximise your take home pay and minimise your tax liabilities

You are a career contractor or expect to be contracting for an extended period of time

You want to work for yourself and take responsibility for your own finances

You are happy to determine IR35


You should be aware that:

You are responsible for invoicing and maintaining accurate accounts

You may need to arrange insurance in order to work for clients

There is additional administration involved, compared to working through an Umbrella


You should work through an Umbrella Company if:

You earn less than £25,000 per year, or £100 per day

You want to minimise administration and paperwork

You are only contracting short term or don’t know if you will continue to contract

You want to be employed, with the employment rights that includes

IR35 does not apply


You should be aware that:

All income is subject to PAYE tax and NICs, and your take home pay will be lower

The Umbrella Company makes its profit by taking a margin from your invoice value

Only very limited expenses can be claimed through an Umbrella


A limited company is the most tax efficient way to work, offering returns of 75 – 80 %.

Sidekick offer both Limited and Umbrella services, and our advisors would be more than happy to discuss the options of both with you. Get in touch for more information.



The main reason most contractors de set up a limited company is simple – tax advantages and the resulting increase in take-home pay.A limited company allows income extraction in the form of expenses, dividends and salary. This means that by working via a limited company, you could draw a small salary within your personal allowance, paying no personal tax and minimal National Insurance. Dividend income is taxed separately and not subject to National Insurance.


There are tax advantages available to limited companies when paying into a pension. You can invest for later life tax free if contributions are made directly from your Limited Company


A Limited Company is a separate legal entity and the liability is limited in the event the business makes a loss. Only the company assets would ever be at risk – not your personal assests!


Being the Director of your own limited company can make it easier to secure contracts and make your company appear more reputable. Some hirers will only deal with limited companies and won’t engage with a sole trader


Banks and investors will often have more confidence investing in a separate legal entity than in an individual. If you are looking to secure business finance, the credibility of your own Limited Company can help.


If you want to bring a spouse into the business, it is far easier to do so under the Limited structure – you can pay them a salary through the company payroll and bring them on as a shareholder. If you ever end up expanding the company and growing it into something bigger, you can do so easily.


Before you can form a Limited Company, you will need to choose a name! Many people find this the hardest part so below are some tips when coming up with a company name:

  • Don’t Use your own name. It makes the business look small and ties the business and operations to you. Future sales and restructuring can leave your name and reputation tied to something you no longer control.
  • Keep it professional. Puns and wordplay may be frowned upon in the corporate world.
  • Think about the web domain and email addresses, there aren’t many short domains available but no one wants to email something too long, so keep it short and sweet.
  • Do your research, google the name, check companies house, trademarks and copyright.
  • Business is more global than ever, putting a city, region or country can be very limiting so try to keep it generic.
  • The name must be available. This one should be obvious but as a Limited Company name is protected, If the name is already in use, it’s off-limits.
  • The name cannot be too similar to another.
  • Avoid protected or ‘sensitive’ terms. You can’t use terms like “Accredited” or “Institute” in your company name without written permission from the government or appropriate regulatory body.

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