Reading Time: 6 minutes Business expenses for the self-employed. From pencil cases to parking permits, there are plenty of costs associated with self-employment. The good news is, many of these costs are considered ‘allowable business expenses’. And, you can claim these deductions before you work out your annual taxable profits. As a self-employed person, there are a whole host of costs and charges that you can claim as permissible business expenses. Find out more below.