Being your own boss is a great feeling. You've found something you're great at and you're living your dream. At RIFT, we love talking to our self-employed clients, helping them grow and keeping the taxman off their backs. Here are a few of the most interesting ways people are kicking PAYE tax to the kerb and forging their own trails.


Whether for novels, comicsm short stories or poetry publishing used to be kind of a closed shop, with layers of people employed solely to say "no" to aspiring authors. The reason was simple: the moment they said "yes" they were risking someone's money. Electronic publishing has blown open a lot of doors for writers. Those old-fashioned publishers are now finding themselves less and less central to an industry that thrives on new ideas.

Fitness Trainers

Everyone likes jumping, right? You know what's better than jumping, though? Getting paid to tell other people to jump, that's what! We're all living longer these days, and it takes some effort to reach your old age in good nick. If you've kept yourself in shape all your life, you've probably got a lot to teach people.


Magic came back in a big way in the 21st century. Former vets, lawyers and even policemen are downing the tools of their trade for a deck of cards and a regular restaurant gig. Magic has shaken off a lot of the cheesy reputation it earned in the eighties. It can be edgy, artistic and - as it turns out - quite profitable.

Professional Video Gamers

Those parents who constantly nagged their kids to turn that thing off and kick a football around are only kicking themselves now. How many of those kids actually grew up to be world-class soccer players in the end? With some competitive gamers netting over £75,000 a year from playing games, the boot's on the other foot now.

Whatever your self-employment dream is, you've got to keep square with the taxman. RIFT are the UK's leading tax experts, and we've been keeping HMRC honest since 1999. Give us a call or send us an email to see what we could do for you.

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