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Discussion in 'Wanted' started by Phil A, Nov 16, 2010.

  1. Tiarella

    Tiarella Optimistic Gardener

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    Thank you for the list of spells, Kristen, I've added it to My Favourites for future use - I like the sound of "Tarantallegra"! Wish I'd learnt Latin at school.
    Orchideous, K.
     
  2. Kristen

    Kristen Under gardener

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    "Wish I'd learnt Latin at school."

    No you don't!

    I pronounce all the botanical name with huge confidence - doesn't mean that I have got them right though!
     
  3. watergarden

    watergarden have left the forum because...i'm a sad case

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    My 2p worth.

    I would get some new cards. To blatantly say you do not charge VAT, to me says you only work for cash in hand. Some one who works for cash in hand sounds like they will be here today gone tomorrow.

    If you must say about VAT you can say not yet VAT registered. (Works for me)

    But I look at it like this. If I like what I see, you get the job, VAT or no VAT.

    And if the VAT man gets a card, I wouldnâ??t want to be you. You have to prove you didn't earn enough to be charging VAT. They assume you do, and you have to prove you didnâ??t.

    Also do you have insurance?

    Can you do anything else? if so advertise it, to say you are a restoration specialist is too specialist.
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    On the bright side.

    Keep records of what you spent and have taken, that includes phone bill tools, etc, take pictures of what you have done and then you can use it as a portfolio.(oh and you can "claim" for the camera you use to take pictures)

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    On a personal note.

    I wish you the best of luck, sorry I canâ??t offer you something to do.
     
  4. Kristen

    Kristen Under gardener

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    "And if the VAT man gets a card, I wouldn’t want to be you. You have to prove you didn't earn enough to be charging VAT. They assume you do, and you have to prove you didn’t."

    Are you serious?

    You have to have a TURNOVER of over £ 70,000 to register for VAT.

    If you are not buying and selling stuff (such as a Plumber might), and only doing "labour", then that's not that easy to reach and I hope the VAT man has better things to do than go round checking if people doing manual labour are earning more than 70 grand a year (that's £33 an hour if you work 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, and all 52 weeks in a year)
     
  5. Phil A

    Phil A Gardener

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    Hi watergarden,

    Cheers, thats nice of you to say so.

    sorry, should have made myself clearer, the cards say we do not currently charge vat, they have a link to the website so people can see what we usually do but they offer small works/maintenance services as well.

    No worries with the insurance & book keeping, i've been self employed before & i've got the relevant CITB health & safety site management certificate, and the Natural England ecological site management cert.

    Although I set up the Ltd company last spring, I didn't want to start trading during the frost period, hence looking for other stuff at the moment.

    The VAT man will know exactly what i've been doing when 3 years of invoices land on his desk for the conversion i've been doing.

    Ta for the input. :gnthb:
     
  6. Phil A

    Phil A Gardener

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    Hi Kristen,

    If I start trading now, i'd have to charge £109.38 an hour to reach the vat threshold. Better sharpen me pencil :hehe:
     
  7. Kristen

    Kristen Under gardener

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    I make that 2 1/2 hours work a day Ziggy. Good Job :thumb:
     
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