Becoming a Project Management Contractor

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From traveling the world to increasing your take home pay, there are countless benefits to becoming a Project Management Contractor. We cover everything in this guide.

Contemplating the freedom of being your own boss and progressing your career to become a Project Management Contractor? Contractors can enjoy setting their own schedule, picking and choosing the jobs that are most interesting and best suited to their skillset and decide when it is time to take a holiday. Here we break down everything you need to know about becoming a Project Management Contractor, as well as discussing why we believe one of the most important things every new contractor can do is hire the services of an specialist and trusted accountancy service.

Is the Career of a Project Management Contractor Right For You?

Work for Project Management Contractors as abundant right now, with more businesses than ever appreciating the benefits of utilising the skills of specialists who can assist on short term projects, without the long term financial commitment involved in hiring a full time member of staff.

If you have a wealth of experience within the field of Project Management and transferable skills that are likely to appeal to employers, then it is possible to forge a very lucrative career as a Project Management Contractor. It is worth noting, however, that regular work is not guaranteed and you will have to work hard to secure and keep clients – something that many people don’t feel comfortable with. If the idea of not knowing what your next job will be, where you will be working, or where your next pay cheque is coming from, doesn’t appeal to you, then the career of a Project Management Contractor might not be the right choice for you.

However, if you love the idea of working in a wide range of different environments, commanding an income that is considerably higher than you would receive when working in a permanent position and having the flexibility to work whenever you want, then taking your Project Management career to the next level and become a Project Management Contractor could well be the perfect career for you.

Beginning Your Project Management Contracting Career

There are many different reasons you might choose the life of a Project Management Contractor; it could well be your dream career path, you could side step into contracting as a result of redundancy or because there aren’t any appropriate jobs in your area or you could simply really like the idea of being your own boss. Whatever reason you choose to become a Project Management Contractor, the good news is that establishing yourself in the profession is surprisingly easy.

The first steps are to set up your own Limited Company (by submitting an online form – a process that takes around 15 minutes) and then open a business bank account for your company. Working under a limited company (rather than under an umbrella company) has many benefits, but the most attractive of these is that you will be able to keep hold of as much of your money as possible. There is a popular myth that running a limited company involves a lot of paperwork but, in reality, it only actually takes between 15-20 minutes of paperwork each month and the return for this small amount of work is significant. Contractors working within a limited company generally keep between 75-80% of their income, whilst those working through an umbrella company will generally keep between 60-65% of their earnings from each contract they complete.

Finally, you will need to secure the services of a knowledgeable accountant who can help you to make the most of the tax benefits that come from owning a limited company. A firm that specialising in working specifically with contractors, freelancers and other limited company owners would be best placed to help you with the specific advice that you need.

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The Benefits of Choosing Dolan Accountancy

Dolan Accountancy are a trusted accountancy firm that are proud to specialise in working with contractors and freelancers. Whether you are new to the world of contracting or have been working within the Project Management Contracting field for decades, we know everything you need to maximise your income. We keep up to breast with all tax legislation changes, to ensure that all of our clients have the most up to date and cost effective tax advice at their finger tips and your dedicated accountant will  provide personalised guidance and support whenever you need it. When you choose Dolan Accountancy you are choosing:

  • Contractor Specialist with a Highly-Qualified Team. We only work with the most experienced accountants, who are knowledgeable about every aspect of contractor taxation. You will have a dedicated accountant that you can call or email without having to deal with a call centre or several different team members.
  • Peace of Mind Guaranteed. We understand that choosing the right accountancy services for contractors can be a big decision. That is why we offer a money back guarantee, ensuring that all of your calls, emails and queries will be answered within 1 working day, otherwise your fees for the month will be returned.
  • Outstanding Reputation. Dolan Accountancy is a name that you can trust. If you are looking for a contractor accountant with decades of experience and a proven track record then there is no better firm on the market.

Get in Touch

If you are new to contracting and have any questions about establishing your own limited company, are looking for advice and support, or would simply like to discuss your accountancy needs with an expert, please give Sophie a call on 01442 795 100 or email

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Why Dolan Accountancy?

Dolan Accountancy was set up by Simon J Dolan, the man behind the well-known brand SJD Accountancy. With over 25 years experience in the contracting marketing, Dolan Accountancy has the heritage, reputation and credibility you can trust. Working closely with our sister company, Contractor Umbrella, it means we can offer one low cost, fixed fee package at £105 + VAT per month. This gives you the flexibility of using both our Limited Company Accountancy Services and our award winning Umbrella Service, for one inclusive cost. We don’t believe in tiered packages or hidden extra fees, instead we aim to give you everything you need, including:

  • Free Company Formation – This is where it all begins. Once you have decided on an available name, we will form your company free of charge (if using our accountancy services) and it will be ready for you to use in as little as three hours.
  • Free use of Contractor Umbrella – With changes in Public Sector IR35 Legislation we understand that sometimes you are required to contract via an umbrella company. We will keep your limited company ticking over, while you work margin free via our sister company, Contractor Umbrella.
  • A Dedicated Accountant – Your accountant will be there for any company or personal tax advice that you require. We will never outsource work, even to internal teams.
  • Free Access to FreeAgent – The founder behind the multi award winning FreeAgent platform was one of Simon’s first clients, therefore it only seems fitting that we offer all of our clients access to FreeAgent, free of charge.
  • Free Business Banking – We have decided to waive our commission so our clients can use Tide free of charge for the first year.
  • Unlimited IR35 Status Reviews – We will review all of your contracts for IR35 purposes and provide you with our professional opinion as to its status.
  • Free Registered and Director’s Service Office Address – Sometimes you just don’t want your home address on display at Companies House. When you sign up to our accountancy services, we will offer the use of our address as an alternative.
  • Your Business and Personal Taxation Needs – This includes Company Accounts, Director’s Personal Tax Return, VAT Returns, Payroll, Corporation Tax and Dividend advice, to name just a few.
  • Same day payments- We offer same day payments as standard providing funds are received into our account by 9am, for no additional fee.

If you’d like to find out more about how Dolan Accountancy can help you and your business, please give us a call on 01442 795100 or email or