One of the best things about being a freelancer is that you can often take your work with you wherever you want to go.
And whether that means packing up for the winter and moving your business to a tropical island or just enjoying a short city break without having to worry about getting time off work, it’s certainly a flexible and liberating way to live your life.
But did you know that you don’t need a permanent office in order to save money on your business costs? Here are our top three expenses that you can claim while on the road.
Just a few years ago, freelancers travelling the world had to make do with loud internet cafes, snail’s pace connections and hot, sweaty backpackers hostels while trying to find a place to work. Now, however, digital nomads are everywhere, and far-flung destinations from Bali to Panama are scrambling to accommodate them in high-end co-working spaces.
Luckily, there’s even more of a flip side to working in paradise – you can claim for money spent on renting office space while away. Helpfully, this also applies in less exotic locations – so don’t forget to claim if you find yourself needing to fork out for a co-working space while travelling in the UK.
Business travel and food
While we don’t think that you can get away with claiming a flight to a full moon party on your expenses, don’t forget that you can claim for legitimate business travel.
For example, if you have a vehicle for both business and leisure, you can claim for a portion of costs such as insurance, parking and fuel. And, if part of your travel involves visiting destinations for work purposes, you can also claim for things like hotel rooms and food. So if you’re travelling is part work and part play, it’s worth keeping track of which expenses relate to which.
General business costs
Just because you’re travelling, it shouldn’t cost more to run your business. So don’t forget that you can still claim many of your everyday expenses, including the costs of hosting your website, any marketing costs, office supplies and professional subscriptions.
Interestingly, training and education are also covered – so whether you’re sunning yourself on a foreign beach or exploring different cultures on the streets of Europe, you can continue to further your business skills without incurring any additional cost.
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