16-19 19-25 30 minutes


This activity pack aims to help young people explore what it means to be self-employed or work as a freelancer or sub-contractor. It delves into the main considerations and facts of self-employment, including top tips on the legal requirements and tax considerations when working for yourself. It also includes a scenario to help young people explore a real-world, practical example of the advantages and disadvantages of being self-employed.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define the different types of employment, including being self-employed, employed by someone else, working as a freelancer and becoming a sub-contractor
  • Consider the advantages and disadvantages of being self-employed
  • Understand the potential financial implications of becoming self-employed, including taking responsibility for tax and National Insurance contributions
  • Understand the importance of registering for self-employment with HMRC and keeping good accounts

To access worksheets for all twelve activity packs in one place, use our ‘Setting yourself up for financial independence’ workbook.

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