When I took early retirement after a career in IT, I started to help my son-in-law with his landscaping business. I set up the computers and learned the practicalities of book-keeping, invoicing and payroll. Three years later my son set up as a freelance writer and editor. I formed a limited company for him, opened a company bank account and learned the practical differences compared with being a sole trader. Now I have set up Papercrunch to share what I have learned, and hopefully to learn more from the community of people who run very small businesses.


I am not a qualified accountant, nor am I a lawyer. There are times when you need to consult the experts. But there is a lot of day-to-day administration that you must do without an expert at your side – Papercrunch is here to help with that.

If you choose to sign up for the services we recommend, Papercrunch may be paid a small fee. That helps to keep the website going. But we will not recommend a service we have not tried for ourselves.


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