Accountants for Content Creators

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Allowable expenses for a content creator, whether they are a blogger, YouTuber, social media influencer, or freelance writer, are business-related costs that can be deducted from their business income when calculating taxable profit. Here are some common allowable expenses for content creators:

  • Business Structure: Decide on the most appropriate business structure, such as operating as a sole trader or setting up a limited company. The choice can impact your tax liability and legal responsibilities.
  • Business Bank Account: Open a separate business bank account to keep your personal and business finances separate. This makes it easier to track income and expenses, as well as prepare for tax reporting.
  • Income Tracking: Keep detailed records of all your income sources, including payments from clients, sponsorships, ad revenue, affiliate marketing, and any other revenue streams.
  • Expense Tracking: Maintain a record of business-related expenses, such as equipment, software, subscriptions, travel, marketing costs, and any expenses related to content creation.
  • Receipts and Invoices: Save receipts for your business expenses and send professional invoices to clients or sponsors. This documentation is essential for tax deductions and tracking payments.
  • Accounting Software: Consider using accounting software like QuickBooks, Xero, or FreshBooks to manage your finances, track income and expenses, and generate financial reports.
  • Tax Obligations: Be aware of your tax responsibilities, including income tax and potential Value Added Tax (VAT) if your income exceeds the threshold. Consult with a tax professional or accountant to ensure you meet all tax requirements.
  • Record Keeping: Maintain an organised filing system for all financial documents, including invoices, receipts, and contracts, making it easier to access information when needed.
  • Self-Assessment: In the UK, self-employed individuals typically complete a Self-Assessment tax return to report income and expenses. The deadline for this is usually January 31st for the previous tax year.
  • Professional Advice: Given the unique financial aspects of the content creation industry, it’s advisable to consult with an accountant or tax advisor who understands the specific challenges and opportunities in this field. They can help you optimise your financial management and tax strategies.
  • Budgeting: Create a budget to plan your expenses and allocate resources effectively. This can help you manage irregular income and save for taxes.
  • Intellectual Property Rights: Be aware of intellectual property rights when creating content. Ensure you understand copyright laws, licensing agreements, and royalty income if applicable.

Effective accounting is crucial for the financial health and compliance of your content creation business. Staying informed about industry-specific regulations and tax requirements is essential, and professional guidance can help you navigate the complexities of managing your finances as a self-employed content creator.

Why Choose Swan Books?

Swan Books brings over 16 years of trusted accounting experience in for YouTubers, Influencers, Bloggers and more. We don’t just see numbers; we see people thriving and communities growing. We have many accounting clients who rely on content creation, and they often commend our friendly, professional, and approachable style. Beyond mere testimonials, our track record of success and our commitment to ensuring businesses flourish stands as our proud testament. Discover the Swan Books difference today.

There’s a reason we have nothing but 5 star reviews on Google.

 
Vanessa Vieira
Vanessa Vieira
1 November 2023
Accounting done in THE most effective and efficient way. The technicalities that come with filing my accounts were daunting and overwhelming. When Stacey stepped in she was persistant, sendings me the continuous reminders and promtos that I needed to get things sort. She is also very felxible with communication using a cohintation of Whats App, SMS and calls. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!
John Marling
John Marling
28 October 2023
I had some issues processing my Self Assessment Tax Return, and Stacey stepped right in knowing exactly what to do. Swan Books provides a secure web portal to allow me to upload all relevant documentation that Stacey needs to complete the process. I had some queries on the Summary and Calculation, which Stacey explained simply. I would 100% recommend Stacey and Swan Books, and will be using Stacey again in the future.
Nicole Dryden
Nicole Dryden
25 October 2023
Would highly recommend Stacey. She was super friendly in our initial chat and throughout my experience, put me at ease and answered any questions I had with quick response times. Will be using her services going forward without any worries!
Lottie Millington
Lottie Millington
14 September 2023
Stacey is absolutely incredible! Stacey has been handling my accounts for three years now, I’ve had many issues with the HMRC and stacey has handled everything for me with ease. Everything is done quickly and efficiently. I’m so grateful for Stacey how she’s taken a massive stress away from running my business and helping me grow my business and finances. I couldn’t recommend her enough
Liz Slade
Liz Slade
30 August 2023
Stacey @ Swan Books is really friendly, approachable and extremely efficient. She explains everything in an easy to understand way. I would 100% recommend Stacey to anyone in need of a great accountant!
Jordan Drummond
Jordan Drummond
30 August 2023
Very flexible and informative. Made everything very easy and straight forward for myself and made my tax situation a lot less stressful! Would recommend 😀
Lourdes Walsh
Lourdes Walsh
29 August 2023
Stacey did my books last tax year and I’m going to be using her every time! Professional, communicative & swift, while also explaining everything (numbers are not my forte). I’d recommend her again and again.
Emma Cook
Emma Cook
25 August 2023
Stacey is the best accountant we have would definitely recommend her to anyone, she’s so friendly and very helpful and always there to help us . Thank you for your hard work
Roxanne Hydes
Roxanne Hydes
7 August 2023
Stacey has been an absolute gem when it comes to providing advice on self-employment and tax. I had so many unanswered questions that needed detailed explaining, and she went above and beyond to make sure I got the correct information and that I understood everything. I would highly recommend Stacey to help you with all your accounting needs.
Anthony Fitzsimmons
Anthony Fitzsimmons
3 August 2023
Knows her stuff 👍
Stuart Wilson
Stuart Wilson
2023-02-02
Stacey has been fantastic, she does all my bookkeeping and submits all my tax returns. She has given me advise and is always there to answer my questions and provide support. Stacey has given me one less thing to worry about so I can focus on with running my business. 100% recommend Stacey!
Ross Cook
Ross Cook
2023-01-09
Friendly and extremely helpful. We had many questions about sole trading and Stacey was more than happy to help, even at 8pm in the evening!
Sharon Groves
Sharon Groves
2022-12-01
Stacey has been amazing in getting my books in order and submitting my tax returns. She has given invaluable advise and is always on hand to answer any questions and provide support. Stacey has been a god send and given me one less thing to worry about so I can get on with running my business. Thoroughly recommend Stacey!
Natalie Wooden
Natalie Wooden
2022-11-24
Stacey was so friendly and eager to help me from the start. Nothing was a problem. We did everything step by step and everything was taken care of for me. I’m so glad I found you Stacey! Thank you for your help and professionalism.
Looking Tidy
Looking Tidy
2022-07-20
Glad I found Swan Books! Stacey is super helpful and friendly, has helped me where needed and provided valuable advice. I'd have no hesitation recommending and will be back for all my book keeping in the future.
Emma Cook
Emma Cook
2022-07-20
We would definitely recommend Stacey she’s a lovely girl and very helpful and knows how to do her job very well , we are very happy 😃
Paula Buck
Paula Buck
2022-07-13
I was looking for a friendly yet professional accountant to help with my tax returns, Stacey is and did just that! Always at the end of the phone to help answer my “silly” questions. Politely chased me so i didn’t fall behind and made my life a lot easier and stress free. Highly recommend her.
Jodie Mckinnon
Jodie Mckinnon
2022-06-24
Thank you for being our accountant, highly recommended!
Istrate Adrian
Istrate Adrian
2022-06-24
I’ve been working with Stacey and she is extremely responsive , organised and efficient . I would recommend her services to anyone. Thank you for your support!!
Danny Newson
Danny Newson
2022-06-23
Brilliant So helpful with getting self assessment done and forming new company Would recommend swan books to everyone

Our Process

Initial Consultation

Understand your business, your challenges, and your aspirations.

Onboarding

Seamless integration with your existing systems, training provided if necessary.

Tailored Solutions

We propose a bookkeeping solution adapted to your unique needs.

Regular Check-ins

Periodic reviews to ensure your financials are on track and to address any concerns.

Year-End Finalisation

Ensure everything is aligned, compliant, and ready for HMRC submissions.

What Can a Content Creator Expense?

Allowable expenses for a content creator, whether they are a blogger, YouTuber, social media influencer, or freelance writer, are business-related costs that can be deducted from their business income when calculating taxable profit. Here are some common allowable expenses for content creators:

  • Equipment and Technology: The cost of cameras, video equipment, audio recording equipment, computers, software, and other technology used for content creation is deductible.
  • Home Office Expenses: If you work from home, you can claim a portion of household expenses, including rent, mortgage interest, utilities, and internet, that are directly related to your business use.
  • Professional Fees: Fees paid to graphic designers, web developers, and other professionals for services related to your content, website, or branding are allowable expenses.
  • Marketing and Promotion: Costs associated with advertising your content, running ad campaigns, and promoting your work, such as social media ads or sponsored posts, can be deducted.
  • Subscriptions and Memberships: Expenses for memberships in professional organisations, stock photo or video services, or other content creation platforms can be claimed.
  • Training and Professional Development: Expenses for courses, workshops, conferences, and online training relevant to content creation can be deductible.
  • Travel Expenses: If you travel for business-related purposes, such as attending events or filming on location, travel costs, including mileage, accommodations, and meals, can be claimed.
  • Insurance: Premiums for business insurance, such as liability insurance or camera equipment insurance, are generally allowable expenses.
  • Office Supplies: Expenses for office supplies like stationery, paper, and printer ink used for your content creation are deductible.
  • Stock Media and Licensing: Costs for purchasing stock images, music, or video clips for your content can be claimed.
  • Bank and Credit Card Fees: Fees associated with business bank accounts and credit card processing can be allowable expenses.
  • Accounting and Bookkeeping Fees: Fees paid to a professional accountant or bookkeeper for managing financial records are deductible.
  • Website Hosting and Domain Costs: Expenses related to hosting your website and domain registration are generally allowable.
  • Safety Equipment: Costs for safety equipment, such as protective gear or health and safety measures for filming, can be deductible.
 
It’s important to keep detailed records and receipts for all these expenses and any others specific to your content creation business. When completing your tax return, you can deduct these allowable expenses from your total business income to calculate your taxable profit. 
Stacey has been wonderful. I started a business and was totally overwhelmed and stressed about my tax return. Stacey made me feel instantly at ease and really did take care of EVERYTHING and more. Worth every single penny! She's been so supportive and I'm so glad I was put in contact with her. I have found my accountant for life. Thank you!
Bobbie Golder

Our Pricing

At Swan Books, we tailor our pricing to fit your business’s specific needs. Our bookkeeping services ensure that your business finances stay up-to-date using leading cloud accounting software like Quickbooks or Xero. Whether you prefer monthly or quarterly updates, we keep you informed about your business profits consistently. We cover all areas of bookkeeping, ensuring thoroughness and precision.

The pricing for our bookkeeping services varies based on the volume of transactions each month. For a customised quote and a detailed breakdown, please contact us.

Registration

£ 45
00
  • Registration of you and your business self employment with HMRC.

Self Assessment Tax Returns

£ 250
00
Prices From
  • Preparation of tax calculation, preparation and submission to HMRC and financial statements
  • Prices may vary based on your business records. Please get in contact for a free consultation.

Bookkeeping

varies
  • Keeping your business finances up to date with cloud accounting software Quickbooks or Xero. Monthly or Quarterly updates providing you updates of business profits. All areas of bookkeeping undertaken.
  • Prices vary permitting to volume of transactions each month.

Books Clean Up

varies
  • If your accounts are in need of a tidy up and you want to upgrade your internal procedures for easier processes, you have come to the right place!
  • Prices vary client by client, please get in touch to discuss further.

VAT Returns

£ 175
00
Prices From
  • Quarterly VAT returns prepared and submitted with Making Tax Digital compliant software with all deadlines met.
  • Prices start from £175.00 per quarter

Power Hour

£ 65
00
Prices From
  • One to one power hour discussing your business accounting and how to make improvements to make your finances run more efficiently within the cloud software of your business alongside training on how to get the best of your software.

Payroll

£ 20
00
Per Payroll
  • All aspects of payroll processes ensuring all tasks are carried out by all deadlines and RTI compliant.
    - Weekly or monthly payrolls
    - Pension administration completed
    - RTI compliant with HMRC
    - Payroll year end service and reporting

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