Can a sole trader call themselves a creative director?

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  1. Karlalala

    Karlalala UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hi, apologies if this is, as I suspect, a stupid question. I'm currently in the process of setting up a design business, hoping to launch next week. I'll initially be operating as a sole trader and want to get some business cards to take to local networking events. I decided that Creative Director would be the most suitable job title to put on them, but have just had a thought that this may not actually be allowed? I know I can't call myself a Director as a sole trader, but can anybody advise if the same rules would apply to the title of Creative Director?
    Posted: Mar 14, 2019 By: Karlalala Member since: Mar 14, 2019
  2. Gordon - Commercial Finance

    Gordon - Commercial Finance UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Call yourself whatever you like. Its only a business card...

    Why not go for "Chief Soup Dragon and Creative Director Extraordinaire"?

    Seriously though - go wild. Creative Director is fine.
    Posted: Mar 14, 2019 By: Gordon - Commercial Finance Member since: Jun 26, 2017
  3. TheWebDesignCompany

    TheWebDesignCompany UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Taken from - "The title of director should only be used when dealing with a company. If you own a business as sole trader then you should call yourself the owner."

    From research: It is perfectly allowable for someone to be called a director even if they are not appointed as one at Companies House. However, they will be considered to have the same roles and responsibilities as an appointed director and hence, it is not something that should be done lightly.
    Posted: Mar 14, 2019 By: TheWebDesignCompany Member since: Mar 11, 2019
  4. WeblinkPlus

    WeblinkPlus UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Forget job titles, tell them what you can do for them...
    Posted: Mar 14, 2019 By: WeblinkPlus Member since: Sep 13, 2009
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  5. Mark T Jones

    Mark T Jones UKBF Big Shot Full Member

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    This is true. However as a sole trader he pretty much has those responsibilities anyway
    Posted: Mar 14, 2019 By: Mark T Jones Member since: Nov 4, 2015
  6. TheWebDesignCompany

    TheWebDesignCompany UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Very Good Advice
    Posted: Mar 14, 2019 By: TheWebDesignCompany Member since: Mar 11, 2019
  7. DontAsk

    DontAsk UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Whilst there might be preferred or conventional usage, Director means nothing apart from the specific case of being a Company Director.

    Anyone can be director of anything, e.g. Director of Poop scooping, etc, etc, ...
    Posted: Mar 14, 2019 By: DontAsk Member since: Jan 7, 2015
  8. STDFR33

    STDFR33 UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    Kn0b would be much shorter.
    Posted: Mar 14, 2019 By: STDFR33 Member since: Aug 7, 2016
  9. promdressers

    promdressers UKBF Regular Free Member

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    And more.....
    Posted: Mar 16, 2019 By: promdressers Member since: Aug 14, 2013
  10. paulears

    paulears UKBF Big Shot Full Member

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    Director in this context is like using engineer in a title - A sound engineer is a perfectly normal job role title descriptor and makes sense. A Director in a TV studio, or theatre or live event isn't a company director. Unless it makes you appear foolish to others, go for whatever you fancy. Creative Director explains what you do, so I'd be happy dealing with somebody in this role.
    Posted: Mar 16, 2019 By: paulears Member since: Jan 7, 2015

    JEREMY HAWKE UKBF Legend Full Member

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    I would forget about what your going to call yourself you have a lot more to focus on with a new start up

    They call me assorts of things the mods said I am not allowed to type these words again !
    I have never had a title it is all about doing a good job for our customers and getting the profits in the bank
    Business fascinates me (that's why I am a full member ) but at the end of the day it is all about the Kojo Funds as a young person told me on Friday :):):cool:
    Posted: Mar 17, 2019 By: JEREMY HAWKE Member since: Mar 4, 2008
  12. Ian J

    Ian J Factoring Specialist Full Member - Verified Business

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    Thank goodness for Google :D
    Posted: Mar 17, 2019 By: Ian J Member since: Nov 6, 2004

    JEREMY HAWKE UKBF Legend Full Member

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    Me too after I asked him to repeat it
    I thought it was an investment product

    Grime and rap! I'm not familiar with these procedures
    Posted: Mar 17, 2019 By: JEREMY HAWKE Member since: Mar 4, 2008
  14. EeeTea

    EeeTea UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    You can call yourself director. However, there is a legal caveat that it must not mislead others. If they 'reasonably' believe that you are a company director - and thus they are dealing with a limited company, that could potentially come back to haunt you.

    If (not so much for the OP - but others read the these threads too) you working in a limited company and you chose to call yourself director, but are not a company director per se, then that too is permissible - but again must not mislead. I worked with the Managing Director of a Limited company, not long ago, and only after I started did I find that he claimed he wasn't a Director because he wasn't registered at Companies House. If you call yourself and undertake the duties of a director, CH will deem you to be a director - together with all the legal responsibilities that implies - and you would have committed an offence for not registering.

    Back to the OP - call yourself what you like, but don't ever mislead others into thinking that you are a limited company and a company director.
    Posted: Mar 18, 2019 By: EeeTea Member since: Feb 8, 2019
  15. MikeCC

    MikeCC UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    I think anyone used to dealing with a design/advertising/marketing firm will be quite happy with Creative Director, assuming you can direct suitable creations. But mostly they will know you are a one-man band, so just your name and a good trading name might be all you need. You could put a few of your key activities on the reverse of the card in case anyone digs it out of a drawer and thinks 'who were this lot?'
    You may also find that Creative Director will put off some people who may assume they are paying for a management structure they don't need. Same re getting subbed out work from other agencies.
    So in my view, more to do with marketing than the technicalities.
    Posted: Mar 18, 2019 By: MikeCC Member since: Sep 25, 2013