If you have dreamed of owning a narrowboat and also running
a business from it, then Whilton marina can help you find the ideal boat.
a business from your narrowboat is not only rewarding but also a great way of
life. The boating community is a tight knit community where you will become
part of a floating family.
As well as businesses that sell products, there are other
businesses that can be set up on a narrowboat from bloggers, marketing
consultants, will writers etc.
Buying A Narrowboat
to Run Your Business from
With up to 120 boats at our marina for sale at any one time, there
is plenty of choice. We have a variety of narrowboat styles, lengths and prices to suit
all budgets. You may want to start your search by looking at our website, where you can register for updates.
We will then send you email updates of boats that come in that match your
The next step would be to come and visit us. We are a friendly
experienced team and we pride ourselves in offering excellent advice and good
customer service. The marina is located
in the Midlands so is easy access from most places in the UK.
We are open 7
days a week and there is no need to make appointments; we are open from 9am till
6pm summer time and 9am till 5pm during winter time.
Tips For Setting Up A
In no particular order…
- Choose a company name and then consider setting up a website
to advertise your services/products.
- Register a domain name and find a web development company to
build and host your new website.
- Set up social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter and
- Sort out Stationary and business cards.
- Have a robust business plan.
- Do your market research.
- Know what area your business falls into and work out relevant
environmental health, regulations and insurance needs for your business.
- Apply for your licence from the Canal and River Trust.
- Join the Roving Traders Association.
- Set up a separate bank account, it makes doing your accounts
easier. Most banks offer a business bank account.
- Find an accountant to manage your accounts.
Tax & HMRC.
Don't panic it’s quite straight forward.
Example 1: You are selling part time and are PAYE. You will
need to fill in a self-assessment form declaring the extra income you earn from
your boat business.
Example 2: It’s your only income, then you need to register
as a sole trader with HMRC. Again you will have to fill in a self-assessment
If you become really
successful you can then consider Limited Company status and registering for
Keep your accounts in good order, this makes it easier to
fill in your self-assessment form and if you employ an account it will help
keep the costs down.
This information is from the HMRC website:
You must keep records so that you can fill in the return
fully and accurately.
Your basic business records must include:
- a record of all
your sales and takings
- a record of all
your purchases and expenses"
More advice about running a business from your narrowboat can be found on the Canal and River Trusts
website. There they explain what you need to do to get your business licence.
Note; This article should only be used as a basic guideline to consider. If you want to start running a business on a narrowboat, please do
more thorough research before putting your idea into practice.