Difference between start and a freelancer account


What is a difference between start and a freelancer account ? I am director of Limited Company in UK, can I use freelancer account for my company?

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I would also like to know this, and how I change my account type to Freelancer. I am also a freelancer trading as a ltd company, and only signed up for the Start account as there was no account type below that for freelancers.

I’ve been waiting to see if you readjusted your pricing so it’s great news if I can change to Freelancer rather than potentially find a new banking provider.

Hi there @stunt125 and @joshuathorley

Thanks for your messages.
If you have a registered company you won’t be able to use a freelancer account for this company, I am afraid, as it is specifically designed for freelancers. If you have any business activity as a freelancer, you can create an account as a freelancer even if you have the company account already. However, this will be a separate account.

@joshuathorley could you please get in touch with our business dedicated support regarding this matter? You can do it by dropping us a message on the business website.



I have the similar problem, I had to start an “one-man” ltd company as a sole employee. However, I have only private account with Revolut, and a business one elsewhere - am I allowed to start a freelance account with Revolut then?



@Sprle yes, you are allowed to do that.

So this is confusing. Can you, or can you not, open a freelancer account if you have a limited company that you use as a one-man-band freelancer? I don’t want to be a sole trader, but want to freelance through a VAT-registered LTD in the UK.

apparently a one-man-ltd does qualify for the £6.99 freelancer account…I would say you should try and see :wink: if there is a problem you will be told during the onboarding process anyway.

please keep us posted.

Below is what I was told by Revolut about the freelance account option for limited companies. Although it might be possible, speak to a lawyer / review this carefully before doing this as by mixing personal money with money belonging to the limited company you may lose the limited liability benefits that a limited company may provide. Revolut just ignored me when I raised this point. As ever Revolut’s service is very much lacking for anything that isn’t automated. I am going to look at Transferwise’s borderless account option as Revolut’s business offering is too expensive for a single person working under a limited company.


Hi @Oleksii, if I understand this correctly, for the “Freelance” plan, the name of the account holder and not a registered company shows up when making transfers and needs to be put in as account holder name for incoming transfers.

I then suggest to update the FAQ text that is shown under the Freelance option on your website’s price plan page:

What account will I get?

This depends on the status of your application and our banking partner’s compliance checks. When you first sign up, you will be provided with unique currency accounts for British Pounds (GBP) and Euros (EUR). You can hold and receive money in these currencies via an account number and sort code and IBAN in your company’s name.

This might be technically correct, assuming a Freelancer is his own company. But I believe UK law does allow to pick an official company name for sole traders, without registering as a different company? Whatever the case, I find the wording in the FAQs unnecessarily complicated.


Hi there. I am just new in the community and would suggest that there should be a “small start” Business Account at the price of “freelancer” for “small” companies with incoming funds less than 20k per month (or 200k per year).

Hi there @poor_hero

Thank you for your feedback, it will be considered :slight_smile:

All the best,

I was excited to have finally got around to opening a Revolut (sole trader) account only to find that you can’t use your company name?

I think Revolut should look at changing this, at least in the UK anyway.

For freelancers it’s fine.

I have a sole trader account with NatWest and with one of Revolut’s main market competitors and they both use my business name and not personal name.

What’s Revolut’s thinking behind this?

For PFA or II types of legal personality in Romania can I apply for an freelancer account ? Those type of business operate with the name of the holder but they can also hire max 5 other persons.

Okay so basically i opened freelance account and Revolut is asking me for proof of company. I am freelancer smd i dont have company. I am mainly doing digital marketing services and stuff like tjat.

Hi community, I am also considering to open a freelancer (business) account and do not have a registered business in the UK. Could I use a pen name or alternative name when requesting payments without putting out my personal name? Is there a way to do this? Many thanks in advance to those who can help.