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This comparison simply includes all savings accounts.

Nationwide
FlexDirect Current Account Nationwide
Open With £1000
Account Type Current Account
Interest AER 5.00%

Why we like it: 5.00% interest for 12 months on balances up to £2,500 for the first year. You must pay in £1,000 or more each month to receive interest (excluding transfers from any Nationwide account held by you or anyone else). 12 month fee-free arranged overdraft available. No monthly fee. Must be aged 18 or older.

RCI Bank
Freedom Savings Account RCI Bank
Min deposit £100
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 1.30%

Why we like it: MARKET LEADING RATE. No notice period. Deposit from £100. Interest paid monthly or annually. Apply in minutes.

Habib Bank Zurich
Fixed Rate Bond Habib Bank Zurich
Min deposit £1000
Term 1 Year
Interest AER 1.85%

Why we like it: Minimum deposit £1000. No withdrawals permitted. Apply online. Eligible deposits covered by UK FSCS.

Masthaven Bank
Flexible Term Saver Masthaven Bank
Min deposit £500
Term 30 Months
Interest AER 2.11%

Why we like it: 30 month term. Interest can be paid monthly or annually. Minimum deposit £500, Maximum deposit £250,000. No withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected

RCI Bank
Fixed Rate Bond RCI Bank
Min deposit £1000
Term 3 Years
Interest AER 2.31%

Why we like it: Save from £1,000 to £1,000,000. No withdrawals before the end of the term. RCI Bank are protected up to a total of €100,000 by the FGDR (Fonds de Garantie Dépôts et de Résolution), the French deposit protection scheme. Apply online.

Vanquis
Fixed Rate Bond Vanquis
Min deposit £1000
Term 4 Years
Interest AER 2.52%

Why we like it: Minimum deposit £1,000. Interest paid monthly or annually. Apply online. Eligible deposits covered by UK FSCS.

Vanquis
Fixed Rate Bond Vanquis
Min deposit £1000
Term 5 Years
Interest AER 2.70%

Why we like it: Minimum deposit £1,000. Interest paid monthly or annually. Apply online. Eligible deposits covered by UK FSCS.

Compare Savings Accounts For Self Employed

When putting your money into a savings account, you need to consider how long you intend to save for and how much of a return you would like to see. You can then compare the different types of savings accounts available to see which ones best match you saving goals. For the best savings accounts options see the table above.

If you are self employed, there are many reasons why you may want to build your savings. For example, you might want to save for new equipment, a new computer, a tax bill payment or even for retirement.

Sometimes it can be difficult to put away money when you are self employed. Due to the nature of being self employed, you may require a significant amount of money at short notice. Therefore, if you want to put some money away, you may want to use a combination of the savings options below.

By using a selection of the savings options below, you could earn competitive interest and stay flexible with your savings; allowing you to access your savings in the event you need them.

Current Accounts

Current accounts generally offer the best rates of interest for smaller sums of money. However, if you go over your account’s interest limit, your remaining balance will likely earn you nothing. 

To get the best deal, you may have to shop around and be willing to transfer your current account to a new provider. It’s also worth bearing in mind that some current accounts offer a better interest rate during an introductory period which then drops dramatically once that period is over.

Instant Access Savings Accounts

This type of account allows you to earn interest on your savings while still giving quick access to your money when necessary. Some instant access accounts come with a card that lets you draw money out at cash points, others require you to take money out in branch or transfer it to a current account online or by phone.

An instant access account may be an attractive option. Though the interest rate offered by instant access accounts are not the highest, they allow you to make withdrawals from your savings; this can be extremely handy, especially if you are self employed and are faced with unforeseeable costs that you need to pay at short notice.

Please be aware there may be a limit on how many withdrawals you can make per year without losing some of your interest.

Easy Access Savings Accounts

Essentially the same as instant access accounts, except there may be a few days' delay when you wish to take money out. This is to allow withdrawal and transfer requests to be processed.

Some providers also refer to their instant access accounts as easy access accounts.

Notice Savings Accounts

These are similar to easy access and instant access savings accounts, except you have to give a certain amount of notice before removing funds. Common notice periods range from 40-95 days. The longer the notice period you are willing to give, the higher the interest rate you will usually receive.

If you are likely to need to make a withdrawal from your savings quickly, a notice savings account might not be your best savings option.

Regular Savings Accounts

If you want to put away a little bit of money each month over a longer period, a regular savings account is likely to be the best choice. This kind of account usually requires you to deposit a minimum amount each month and will normally specify a maximum you can put in each month as well. There may also be a limit on how many withdrawals you can make each year.

Regular savings accounts often offer very attractive rates of interest, but it is important to note that, because you are only slowly building up capital, your initial yearly returns may be modest. This means that, while they can be used for short term savings, regular savings accounts are usually a better choice for longer term savings.

Fixed Rate Bonds

Fixed rate bonds tend to offer attractive rates of interest which will be guaranteed for the life of the bond (typically 1-5 years). The caveat here is that you cannot usually take money out of the bond until it matures (i.e. reaches the end of the fixed interest period).

This means most fixed rate bonds are not ideal for short term savings, although some providers do offer fixed rate bonds with terms as short as 3 months which may be worth considering.

Cash ISAs

UK tax payers normally have to pay tax on any interest they earn on their savings. However, a cash ISA allows you to earn interest, tax-free, on deposits up to an agreed yearly limit. For the 2017/18 tax year that amount is £20,000.

There are two main types of cash ISAs – instant access and fixed-term. Instant access cash ISAs allow you to withdraw money whenever you need without paying a penalty, making them ideal for short term saving. Fixed-term cash ISAs have similar conditions to fixed rate bonds, so you may be unable to withdraw money until they reach the end of their term or have to pay a penalty in order to do so.

Cash ISAs do not always offer the best interest rates, so you will need to assess whether any tax savings will outweigh the benefits of the higher interest rates provides by other types of accounts.

A concern for a lot of self employed people is their retirement. One potential way to save for retirement as a self employed person is through a lifetime ISA.  If you use a lifetime ISA, you will receive 25% of whatever you deposit from the government. For example, if you deposit £1,000 into your lifetime ISA a month then your ISA will receive £250 from the government each time.

Find the best savings account for self employed

With so many different brands and products on the market, it can be hard to figure out which offer the best deals for you. The comparison table at the top of this page is regularly updated with the most attractive deals on short term savings accounts from across the industry. This makes it easy for you to contrast the features of different accounts for self employment find the right one for your saving needs.

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