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Going Self-Employed As A Kindle Author - Ghoststorywriter - 21 Oct 2012 02:09 PM

In the light of the increasing success of my True Ghost Stories books on Amazon Kindle, I am contemplating going self employed. However, I need some advice before I take step, so here are some questions which I hope somebody can answer for me:

1. In regard to claiming Working Tax Credit as a self-employed writer, how would I prove to HMRC that I am working 30hrs pwk as a writer?
2. Would the jobcente provide any financial assistance if I signed off the dole and went self employed (not sure how the New Enterprise Allowance would apply to a self employed writer).

Given the current dire state of the jobs market (written after countless jobs, but hardly get a reply), going self employed doing something that I really love - writing, of course - is starting to appeal to me more and more. However, obviously, before I take the step of signing off the dole and living my dream, I really do need some expert advice to avoid any financial pitfalls and difficulties.

Cheers
Alan
Author of The True Ghost Stories Kindle Books


RE: Going Self-Employed As A Kindle Author - Rosen Trevithick - 21 Oct 2012 02:26 PM

My best advice to you is to go to your local Citizen's Advice Bureau. They will be able to answer all of those questions, including better-off calculations.

I have to work a specific number of hours per week for benefits purposes and they just ask me to keep records of my hours.


RE: Going Self-Employed As A Kindle Author - Ghoststorywriter - 21 Oct 2012 02:35 PM

But you still have to attend the jobcentre every week to sign on?

What I want to do is to be able to sign off completely, as it is horrible and depressing having to sign on when all I really want to do is work.


(21 Oct 2012 02:26 PM)Rosen Trevithick Wrote:  My best advice to you is to go to your local Citizen's Advice Bureau. They will be able to answer all of those questions, including better-off calculations.

I have to work a specific number of hours per week for benefits purposes and they just ask me to keep records of my hours.



RE: Going Self-Employed As A Kindle Author - Rosen Trevithick - 21 Oct 2012 02:41 PM

I don't sign on. I'm not on JSA. I have a mental health problem so I'm supervised by an NHS organisation.

I completely understand why it's depressing. There's nothing I'd like more than to be able to work full time and I recently got thrown into a work programme that continually pressures me to work. It just makes me feel even worse about something that already frustrates me.

Seriously though - CAB. They're brilliant.


RE: Going Self-Employed As A Kindle Author - Rosen Trevithick - 21 Oct 2012 02:46 PM

Here are a few things to consider if you go self-employed:
- You have to register your business with HMRC.
- You may find you're billed for NI contributions
- VAT is a nightmare, don't register unless you absolutely have to.
- Your local council may have a small business specialist whom you can speak to for free.


RE: Going Self-Employed As A Kindle Author - Ghoststorywriter - 25 Jun 2013 10:06 AM

Well, everybody, I am pleased to announce that I have finally taken the plunge and gone self employed as a Kindle book author. My business, Wirral Writer (can I mention url here, or is that naughty?) was officially launched on the 1st June 2013, and after nearly a month, I am quite pleased so far with the way sales of my ghost and paranormal Kindle books are steadily rising,
In addition to using my site to showcase my work, I am also offering a freelance writing service, although at the moment I am still seeking my first paying client.
If any of you have read any of my Kindle True Ghost Stories books on Amazon, I would really appreciate some reviews.
I am hoping to launch True Ghost Stories 5 this week, which will be a poltergeist special.


RE: Going Self-Employed As A Kindle Author - George - 25 Jun 2013 06:59 PM

Good luck with your decision and I hope everything goes well. You sound determined so that's a great start.


RE: Going Self-Employed As A Kindle Author - Ghoststorywriter - 26 Jun 2013 01:05 AM

(25 Jun 2013 06:59 PM)George Wrote: Wrote:  Good luck with your decision and I hope everything goes well. You sound determined so that's a great start.

Thank you very much for the well wishes. Yes, I am very determined to make a success of my writing business. I LOVE writing short stories, Kindle books and articles (have attained Expert Author Status on Ezinearticles.com), and I get a real sense of pride and achievement when people buy my work and comment on it.


RE: Going Self-Employed As A Kindle Author - Ray Kingfisher - 26 Jun 2013 06:45 AM

Congratulations, ghostwriter, on your new status!

Like a lot of folk here, I dream of writing full-time instead of fitting it around evenings and weekends, but I know the reality of relying on ebook earnings is not that cosy.
I can only think of a few bits of advice:
1 - Subscribe to Writers' Forum magazine and submit stories (max 3,000wds) opting for the critique - decent cash prizes on offer, and whether they win or not you have professional advice which you can use before publishing them yourself (but you can only enter unpublished stories). Enter other short story competitions - there are more than you think.
2 - Use all outlets - use Draft2digital for Kobo, Nook and ibooks if you haven't already.
3 - If you're out of the benefits system get a part-time job to cover basic expenditure - even serving in a shop or pub - it gives you a break from writing, a structuire to your day, and you'll meet people who can help character development. You can always be thinking about writing while you do it. It can also count towards those 30hrs.

I saw your earlier post on the old 1970s Pan horror stories (I'd forgotten about the Fontana ones) and they have a place in my heart too. I wish you success because ebooks could well bring a revival of that much missed story format. So sincere best wishes,
RK.


RE: Going Self-Employed As A Kindle Author - DavidHaynes - 26 Jun 2013 06:59 AM

Good luck, Alan. I wish you all the very best.