April 2013 was an exciting month at Green Clean HQ for 2 reasons... 1) we reached the significant milestone of 2 years in business! Horray happy birthday Green Clean! 2) We became a limited company. Green Clean (UK) Limited was born.
Becoming Limited was not as easy decision - working as a sole trader for the past 2 years has been quite simple in terms of employing staff and for my own tax purposes. Becoming limited filled me with aphrehension as it has always sounded like such a daunting task with lots of paperwork and hoops to jump through! However I want Green Clean to continue to prosper and expand and to do this it seemed only sensible to become a limited company. It was going to happen eventually so I came to the conclusion that I may as well do this at the beginning of a new tax year!
Once I had decided that this was the route to go down it was a case of finding out how to do it. I am sure that an individual could set up their own company without too much difficulty but I wasn't confident in this so I have started working with a local accountant to help me with the set up process and in terms of tasks throughout the year and at the end of each year. I think this is quite worthwhile as it seems to me that it is quite easy to run a limited company incorrectly - I trust in my account to keep on top of things and effectively tell me what to do and when!
Despite my initial concerns that running a company is more complicated than working as a sole trader I am plesantly surprised that on a day to day basis at least my tasks and management of the business has not changed much. I am still doing my own book keeping and running my own payroll system (all be it a brand new one - thanks for that inconvenience HMRC) which reduces my accountancy fees substantially and allows me to still feel in control and on top of the day to day running and management of the business.
To be honest it has been the end of year tasks from HMRC and the move into RTI that have caused me the most stress in this past month rather than anything associated with running a company over being a sole trader.
In a final and rather vain perk of running a company - I get to call myself company director. This makes me feel extremely important and creates an illusion that I am established and 'proper' business.
On a side note reaching 2 years in business is a big deal for me. I have worked so hard over the past 2 years to build up Green Clean from a lowely advert in St Paul's Road Onestop shop and to have reached this milestone and to still be enjoying what I am doing I am pleased. Ofcourse I have good days and bad days, infact good weeks and downright terrible ones but I have learnt over the past 2 years that as hard as I try I cannot please everyone. I can only do my best and try my hardest to keep clients and staff happy. All the while I do this I will be pleased with Green Clean's and my own progress. Becoming limited in line with this milestone signals a new chapter for Green Clean; namely to continue expanding, meeting new clients domestic and commercial in CHichester and Portsmouth to work with.
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