Hi Anne-Marie and Andrew
Thank you both for your replies.
I work from home from a room i use as my study. On the government websites guide to business rates and working from home it says you do not ususally need to pay business rates if you use a small part of your home for your business such as using a bedroom as an office. I think it applies more if your home is also a shop, or people regualry visit your home to buy goods or services, you employ people to work at your home or your have converted a garage etc for your work. If you find out otherwise please let me know.
In regards to capital gains tax, i believe this is chargeable if the room is used exclusively for business therefore the room should have some private use to it such as personal admin and this gets around it. I personally use my study for my hobby too.
So 2 of my clients are sole traders. One gives me a bag of receipts at the end of the month and the other is all done through Xero which is her preferred software. My third is a ltd company but it is just one person.
Not going to lie, when it comes to charges i don't have any structure in place. I tried looking through the forum to get an idea but a lot of the posts regarding charges are from years ago. I also asked on the forum but didnt get a reply. I don't want to charge too much becasue i'm inexperienced however I don't want to sell myself short either.
I charge two of my clients £25 per hour but one of them barely takes me an hour a month to do thier accounts. The sole trader who gives me a bag of receipts i charge just £25 a month, i'm not sure if i have undercharged with him though, time will tell.
If you have any advice regarding charges i would love to know. I feel like at the moment i'm just throwing figures around and hoping for some work. As i'm new i only want to start with small businesses to get my confidence up however i'm not sure if small businesses want to pay higher prices for bookkeeping work. Only one of my clients has vat returns aswell.
If any bookkeepers with experience can guide us newbies it would be much appreciated.