Over the last few weeks, I’ve begun setting up my own company. Since I began hosting email and websites for clients in August, I decided to do things properly. I figured I should give a brief overview of the process I’ve followed, as a rough guide to any other Techy in Ireland who may be considering doing something similar.
The first step was to set myself up with Revenue Commissioners as a sole trader for tax purposes (Yes yes, I could have registered to be a limited company, but I’m not dealing with a significant ammount of monet just yet. I’ll probably see if I can convert from a sole trader to a limited liability entidy if things really grow). I decided to declare my main business as consultancy, since I have a no of clients who get me to maintain their computer(s) (and in some cases networks) and treat hosting as a seperate division, trading under a different name.
I was also advised by my “business adviser” to register myself for access to ROS to simplify tax returns. Registration for ROS can take some time though, so I was told to submit my sole trader details to ROS as soon as I received them.
After taking some time to decide upon a name for the hosting division (I’m not too happy using conall.net in the FQDN of my servers which clients are hosted on, it’s supposed to be my personal domain), I moved onto the next step, setting up RBNs for my consulting and hosting divisions (or is that businesses? Hmmm) with the CRO. This wasn’t very dfficult (except I had to hand deliver the forms this afternoon, given the whole An Post mess at the moment – why can’t UPS orFexEx take over the postal system? It would be so much better 😉 )
The next step is setting up domain name(s) for my divisions. For my consulting, I’m trying to register the RBN “Conall” (it hasn’t processed just yet), which will allow me to satisfy the IEDR regulations for me to register conall.ie. For my hosting division, I’ve sucessfully registered “Asclepian Computing Solutions” as an RBN, so I intend to register asclepian.ie. I also purchased asclepian.com/net/org/co.uk at the weekend, to keep control of my business name in different TLDs which I’d expect to trade in (and I’ll probably use the .org to publish scripts and things I’m happy to distribute)
So, I’m almost completely setup. Domain name registrations are semi-complete, I can hold off on the IEDR domains until my cash flow issues resolve themselves, so long as I have the RBNs in place. I’ve contracted my brother to design a logo for the hosting, and I’ve even setup Request Tracker for a ticket queue. So, all that’s left on the To Do list are some websites (one for general consulting and hosting info, one as a hosting FAQ and something using mod_auth_pam to write a control panel system) and I’m officially an entrepreneur.