Being self-employed can be jolly good fun.
You decide when to work, can work varied hours, and depending on your job, you might even get to work from home.
You know what isn’t fun about being self-employed, though?
Doing your self assessment tax return.
What starts as good intentions, a shoe box of receipts and a spreadsheet of income on 5 April usually ends in a seething pit of despair and broken dreams come 11.59pm on 31 January.
Me? I planned to do mine in August. ‘I’m going to be disgustingly on time this year,’ I cried as I wrote a few figures in a Looney Tunes notebook I’ve had since I was 10, before setting it down after one month’s worth and deciding I would finish it tomorrow.
Tomorrow turned into next week which turned into next month which turned into over the Christmas period which turned into oh my God, it’s almost that time again, why am I like this?
Never fear though, for someone’s throwing a self assessment party for all of our last minute losers!
The Book Club in London’s Shoreditch is throwing a self-employed soiree on 23 January (a mere eight days from the dastardly deadline).
It will involve free tea and coffee, and a soundtrack of chill tunes to calm you down and give you the motivation to finally smash that tax.
There will also be handouts with lots of good tips for those who are struggling to understand all the jargon on the HMRC website. Which is, I imagine, most of us who are going it alone without the help of an accountant.
Go join in the ‘fun’ on 23 January between 5-10pm at The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH.
The event is free but you have to register for a ticket.
See you there. Sad face.