Hi all, before I ask my questions I want to say sorry if this has all been covered before. I have read some conversations on becoming self employed as a sole trader on the forum and got some very useful information but I still feel a little concerned about taking the plunge and before I do I need to get a few questions I have sorted. Basically I've done lots of bits of work but these have been unpaid and favours. I have designed posters and bits and bobs for a local charity that my wife is involved with as well as for a couple of retail ventures my friends have set up. All this has been done for free. However I have got opportunities coming up to do paid work, some of which could be on-going and need to therefore set up for tax. I will be employed full time paying PAYE as well as setting up and working on my business. My main questions are: 1) What do I need to have set up/what information do I need to hand when I contact our friends at HMRC? 2) Should I do this now or should I wait until I am actually working on the designs, but before any money changes hands? I ask this because I believe you are told by the HMRC not to register until you are self-employed and working. Again sorry if this is going over 'old ground' on the forum but any advice would be great. Thanks!