Can I employ other people as a sole trader?


Good morning,

I have been operating as a sole trader for some time, and now I need to take on help in the form of a part-time assistant. Am I permitted to take on an employee even though I am a ‘sole’ trader? It appears to go against the name, after all.




Yes, sole traders can employ other people to work for them. The term ‘sole trader’ simply means that one individual person is responsible for the business and its debts.

If you wish employ other people, you must register as an employer and operate payroll.

2 years ago

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