Welcome to Ireland’s ONLY business start-up guide for Sole Traders

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Congratulations! Not only for making the decision to become a sole trader, but also for discovering Irish Sole Traders, your one-stop-shop for

Information about starting a new business as a sole trader

Help, tips and advice specifically for Ireland based small businesses 

We’re here to help make setting up a business as a sole trader in Ireland is exciting, not daunting.

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When it comes to business success, information is power.

Probably the biggest barrier between you and starting your new business is the worry that you might not succeed.
And while there are never any guarantees, you’ll give yourself the best chance of business success by knowing all there is to know about starting a small business and becoming a sole trader in Ireland.

And if it’s information you’re after, you’re in the right place.

Irish Sole Traders is your comprehensive resource of business start up advice and information. We’re here to help becoming self-employed in Ireland less of a leap into the unknown and more a measured move into an exciting new world of opportunity.

The 3 Things You Need To Know About Irish Sole Traders.


This covers the basics of setting up as a sole trader in Ireland.



Become a member of Irish Sole Traders, and you’ll get the full story, the big picture about succeeding in business in Ireland as a sole trader.




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That’s full access FOREVER to our impressive insights, resources and information that will set you off on the road to success as a sole trader in Ireland


Why You Should Register With Irish Sole Traders

As our name suggests, Irish Sole Traders exists solely to help Irish entrepreneurs and small business owners who have taken the decision (or who are thinking about making the move) to become a sole trader

Accessing our content will:

Save you time

Stop you making common start-up mistakes

Get you ready for business success

Help you give your customers a great service from day one

All our content is:


Easy to understand

Prepared by business experts 

Designed to help you hit the ground running.

Get the lowdown on EVERYTHING you need to know about starting up and succeeding as a Sole Trader in Ireland for a FREE.

Free Help For Sole Traders In Ireland

To help you get started, we offer free access to information about the basics of starting up as a sole trader in Ireland. Save yourself time trawling the web or asking contacts. Here’s where you can:

Learn About Business

Chances are, there will be areas of business in which you’ll need to expand your knowledge. This article contains links to many valuable sources.

Get Advice On Pricing

How much should you charge for your product or service? You’ll need to ensure you cover your expenses and turn a profit. Find out how, here.

Boost Your Marketing

It’s unlikely your product or service will be totally unique, but there are still ways you can make it stand out as this article about Unique Selling Points will show you.

Reduce Your Risk

As a sole trader you are open to litigation. So you will need to be aware of any risks your business is likely to face. Here, we cover some possible risks and how to successfully avoid them.

Manage Your Accounts

Legally you have to keep accounts for 6 years as a sole trader. How you do that is up to you, and this page covers the basics of sole trader accounting, showing you the simplest way to tackle this challenging business essential.

Set-Up Your Start-Up For Success With Irish Sole Traders Premium Content

Getting the basics about becoming a sole trader in Ireland is a good starting point. But to really set-up your start-up for success, you need the full story.

At Irish Sole Traders you will get access to  step-by-step guides that will help you through the challenges that sole traders face. 

If you’re looking to take your business from start-up to success while avoiding making common mistakes, this could be the best start in to investing in your business.

How to get funding support

Get vital information on the financial support available for small businesses in Ireland.

Help with taxation

Our member’s portal gives you access to information on all tax matters concerning small business in Ireland.

Help With Creating A Business Plan

This is the single most important document you need to start your own business. As a premium member, you will be provided with tools that help you prepare an effective business plan.

Business documents

Business documents are the basis of everyday commerce. Don’t waste time creating your documents when they’re all available for you to download here.


Whether you plan to work from home or lease a premises, we give you all the information you need from trading licences to Capital Gains Tax to help you decide what’s best for your business.

Debt collection

Getting paid is the most vital part of running a successful business. We’ll show you what to do to ensure you get paid, or if clients are late paying.

Intellectual property

Increasingly, protecting intellectual property is becoming a feature for small businesses, especially if you are selling a unique product or service. Here’s all you need to know…

Consumer law

Selling directly to the public? Get to know about laws that protect the consumer here.


This is often a major area of concern for sole traders, especially in the construction industry. We’ll guide you through the maze.

Downloadable documents & spreadsheets

These are specifically designed for the Irish market and are extremely beneficial to anyone considering starting a business in Ireland. Documents include:
Credit Notes
Debit Notes
Business Letter Templates
Credit Control
Delivery Notes
Stock Cards
Partnership Agreements
Non-Disclosure Agreements


We also make it easy for you to keep control of your finances with tools that cover:
Personal finance
Ten-Year cash flow
VAT returns
Vehicle log books
Email Support Service Available
Premium members can also receive email support direct from Irish Sole Traders. You can call on our expertise whenever you need it, getting help overcoming obstacles or finding business solutions, fast. 

If you’re serious about starting a business in Ireland and you want the knowledge and tools to get you up and running, become a Irish Sole Traders Premium Member by signing up here.

About Irish Sole Traders

Irish Sole Traders is Ireland’s only business start-up guidance and advice service built specifically for sole traders. We are your one-stop-shop for information, links and assistance for your new business.

Founder David Maxwell has over 12 years’ experience of running courses designed to help people start their business, and has mentored hundreds of Irish start-ups.

Our goal is to take the mystery out of starting a business, and to give you the knowledge and tools you need to make a real impact in your chosen niche.

Satisfied Customers

“Gave me fantastic help getting my business started. Very fast email response to every question I had starting up “

Phil Flannery

“I had done some Start your own business courses but found the content covered here a lot more grounded.”

Ana Carreno

“I came back from America and was already working for myself there. I wasn’t sure the difference in taxes and help provided here. I was extremely happy to find all I needed with Irish Soletraders.”

Ger Burke

“I mainly came here for help with my taxes and marketing but was surprised with all the other help given. At no extra cost .”

Michael Thomas

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