First, apologies if this is the wrong place. If it is please direct me to the appropriate area. Based in England, UK. I expect to be made redundant from work this year. I want to spend a year focusing on expanding my collection of novels in the hope of making it full time or enough to work part-time. During my year off I will be living on the redundancy, savings, and monthly royalties from my books already pubished. Has anyone done this and can offer guidance? So how do I register such a thing with the government/tax/social security etc? I obviously would want to pay my National insurance and register as Unemployed (but not claim Jobseekers because I wouldn't be looking for a job as such)/self-employed. Any advice or pointing me to somewhere I can find out more info would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.