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Sole Trader Registration

Start trading with confidence and peace of mind

Our Sole Trader Start-up Package means you can begin your business journey stress-free, and concentrate on growing your business while we take care of everything else.

Business Name Protection
HMRC Registration
Website & Email
Was £299 Now £199
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Made my start-up process much less daunting, a real time saver.

Looking for Registration only?

Select Basic Sole Trader registration for £53

Business registration

  • HMRC Registration
  • Business Address & Digital Mail Forwarding: Maintain a professional image with a business office address.
  • Privacy Addresses: Keep your personal address private.

With support your business can survive

40% of UK Start-Ups survive the first 3 years.

70% Ref: Forbes of Start-Ups with structured support are still going after 5 years!

Buy the full package

Digital Presence

  • Domain Registration & Email: Establish your online identity with a professional domain and email.
  • Website Hosting with Website Builder: Create and host your website easily with our tools.

Startup Support & Marketing

  • Business Naming & Trademark Help: Professional assistance in choosing and securing your business name.
  • Industry-Specific Guides: Custom information for over 600 industries to help you start effectively.
  • UK based support: Expert help via call or Zoom to guide your startup journey.
  • Startup Checklist & Business Plan: Key steps and planning tools to start your business right.


  • Bookkeeping and Invoicing Tools: Simplified financial management spreadsheets included.
  • Accountant Q&A: Direct access to accountants for your initial startup queries.


  • Quick Business Banking Setup: Get your business bank account ready in under 10 minutes.
  • Credit Manager & Financial Planning Tools: Manage your credit and finances effectively.


  • HR Pack: Essential legal documents for managing your team.
  • Cookies & Privacy Policy Templates: Ready-made templates to ensure website compliance.
  • Legal Digital Assistant: Guidance on legal matters and staying compliant.

CRM (Customer Relationship Management)

  • Lead & Sales Management Tool: Track and manage your customer interactions and maximise your sales.


  • Full-Service Accounting: Comprehensive accounting services handled for you.
  • Insurance Broker Consultation: Expert advice to find the right business insurance.
  • Business Telephone Numbers: Professional numbers to enhance your business's reach.

The Full Package

Start your business with all these services and extras, including Company Name Protection


Basic Registration

Get all the essential services you need to get your new business up and running with our basic registration


Key Considerations


Sole Traders don't need to keep their details on any public registers


As a Sole Trader there's less paperwork to manage each year

Less tax efficient

The more you earn as a Sole Trader, the less tax efficient you are compared to a Ltd Company

Not protected from liability

Sole Traders are personally liable for their business debts

Harder for joint ownership

Sole Traders aren't suitable for people with business partners

Not sure if a Sole Trader is right for you?

Take our quiz to find your ideal company setup and get your free Start-Up Report too!

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Included with your order

Industry Insights Guide

Find out detailed info on your specific sector:

  • What your start up costs will be
  • How much to charge per hour
  • What business insurance you need
  • How to promote your business

Also included:

Dedicated business account

Keep your business finances in order with a dedicated business account that includes an easy setup, low fees and offers loyalty rewards or cashback too.

  • Easy application
  • Low fees and flexible pricing
  • Loyalty rewards or cashback
Full support
Save money
Simplify your life
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Why choose the Ultimate Package

Great for Busy Industry Professionals

Simplify your life, save money, and improve efficiency. Quick setup, minimal effort. Activate your business presence instantly—all in one place.

Perfect for those New to Business Ownership

Tailored, ground-up support for new business owners. Access everything you need to start confidently.

How Does It Work?

Place your order, and we'll call to finalise your business name and guide you through our products and services. Prefer email? That works too.

What You Get

Use what you need, when you need it. Our flexible package adapts to your business demands, offering everything from essential tools to expert advice, all ready when you are.

Popular FAQs

Still have questions? Here are the answers to some of the most common questions people ask about Sole Traders

Sole Traders are always self-employed. But not all self-employed people are necessarily Sole Traders, although it is by far the most common company structure for self-employed people.

Being self-employed means that you don’t get paid by PAYE, and actually take your income through self-assessment.

A Sole Trader is the company structure used when you and your business are considered the same entity for legal and financial purposes.

So, technically you can be self-employed and run a Limited Company or a Partnership, but most self employed people are also Sole Traders.

All Sole Traders are self-employed, so it’s absolutely possible to be both at the same time. You can also be in different types of employment or self-employment at once.

So if you are a salaried employee, but also have a sole trader business, you can be both employed and self-employed at the same time - you just need to make sure you’re including it all in your self-assessment!

If you are the only person running your business, you are happy to be personally responsible for your business debts and liability and you don’t want the hassle of extra paperwork and regulations then this could be the best choice for you.

There are no age restrictions for Sole Traders, but if you have previously been declared bankrupt you may need to get permission from the courts to set up your business.

To register your Sole Trader business you will need to provide the following details:

  • Your full name
  • Your current address
  • Your National Insurance Number
  • Your date of birth
  • Your phone number
  • Your email address
  • The date that your self-employment began
  • The type of business you're starting
  • The address of your business
  • The phone number for your business

You will not need to provide any proof of ID.

Sole Traders don’t need to have a separate bank account, as your business earnings are considered your own personal income.

However, things can quickly get complicated if you’re running your personal and business finances from the same account, so we highly recommend setting up a separate account for the business.

If you register with Duport, you can get a free business account as part of the process.

Sole Traders have a lot less paperwork to complete than Limited Companies, but you will need to complete your Self Assessment Tax Return each year.

If you don’t want the hassle of doing your own bookkeeping and accounts, Duport can handle it all for you with our Sole Trader Tax Return service.

When you register as a Sole Trader, you don’t automatically get any protection for their business name.

However, Duport have a Protected Name package for Sole Traders that means your business name is also registered at Companies House, to prevent anyone else trading under it.

Yes, you do not need to be in the UK in order to register as a Sole Trader.

You can cancel your order at any point. Refunds will only be issued if you have not accessed any of your purchased services.

Your right to a refund is waived if:

  • Your registration has been submitted to HMRC
  • OR
  • You have requested or viewed any digital ebooks or reports included in your purchase

Your initial registration is a one-off service. However your package may include services that do need to be renewed annually. These can include:

  • Business name protection
  • Domain & hosting services
  • Accountancy services

Your Unique Taxpayer Reference or UTR is the number that HMRC uses to identify you as a self-employed person. It’s what you will need to use to submit your Self Assessment Tax Return.

  • Anyone who wants to register their sole trader business quickly, without any hassle and receive all our ongoing support and guidance and access to services that support your business.
  • Anyone whose business name is important to them and would like to prevent any other person from registering it.
  • Anyone who would like to register as a Sole Trader for now but intends to grow their business and require a LTD structure in the future.

Our Sole Trader packages aren’t suitable for you if:

  • You have already registered your business at HMRC and do not want to protect your company name.
  • You want to reserve your business name at Companies House but would like your details as the director. In this instance we recommend that you register a Limited Company instead. If you register with Duport we can still complete all your filing for you if you opt to use our filing service for 59.99 per annum.
  • You plan to start trading as a LTD company in the next few months (in which case we recommend registering as a LTD now).
  • You are not worried about someone else trading using your business name and you are happy to register directly with HMRC yourself.
  • You do not require our start up support and do not want to receive your industry guide.
  • You want to reserve your business name but want the company to be registered in Scotland.

Become a Sole Trader if:

  • You're the sole proprietor of the business
  • Don't need to sell a share of the business now or in the future
  • Are happy to assume personal responsibility for the debts and liabilities of the business
  • Want as little company administration as possible

Need some help?

If you need a little advice on the best options for you, or have a question that's not in our FAQ, Duport's expert team are here to help. Give us a call during office hours or email us any time and we'll help you out.