Home For AAT student members AQ 2013 AAT Level 4 (Level 8 in Scotland)
Current updates regarding coronavirus (Covid-19) and the precautions AAT are taking will be continually updated on the below page.

Please check this link for the latest updates:
We hope you are all safe and well and if you need us we will be here. 💚

Going self employed

sarahuk3sarahuk3 Feels At HomeRegistered Posts: 31
Good Evening all,

I was just wondering if it is possible to register as self employed and take on book keeping work whilst still studying the AAT. I am currently on the technician level and work on my husbands books voluntarily.

If i can register self employed is there anything else i need to pay for other than insurance costs??

Thank you for any replies.



  • valentino46valentino46 Well-Known Registered Posts: 124
    Hi Sarah,

    You can register as self employed and undertake work to which you feel comfortable with, i registered 3 years ago and have advertised with friends and family working in a couple of small offices part time helping with the accounts. I have public indemnity insurance and the company was advetised on the AAT website, its well worth having just in case. Other than that your costs will be as imagined i suppose, if you want to advertise you can but must not associate yourself to the AAT on the advert as i believe you need to be a full member and a registered as a member in practice.

    I suppose its all about feeling comfortable with the work you wish to do, there is some good advice on your myaat section..

    Im sure youll have replies off more experienced also.


  • MonsoonMonsoon Font Of All Knowledge FMAAT, AAT Licensed Accountant Posts: 4,071

    Yes, you can be self employed while as student member as long as you only take on work in which you're competent and don't refer to the AAT at all. Once you become a full member you have to register on the MIP scheme.

    What will you need to pay?

    1. Professional Indemnity Insurance
    2. Data Protection Registration (£35)
    3. HMRC MLR registration fee (£100 ish)

    I can't think of anything else offhand.
  • totleybladetotleyblade Feels At Home Registered Posts: 48
    I'd recommend going along to one of the AAT MIP introduction mornings if you possible can. Even if you are not planning to be a MIP just yet I'm sure it would be very worthwhile.
  • sarahuk3sarahuk3 Feels At Home Registered Posts: 31
    Thank you for all of your posts.

Sign In or Register to comment.