What’s the entity for? Are you looking to be an employee of the entity/coop?
Is there a blocker on you being a sole trader?
I’m a member of a freelancer’s coop, we are all either sole traders or employees of our own companies. The coop is usually used as a service to help you get jobs rather than get paid once you’ve found your own.
I did speak to Chris Mattingly, at https://www.contractor.coop/, which I thought was perfect. He was really helpful; however, because I’m currently delivering apps for some pre-agreed fee (rather than working for x days @ £someAmount), he didn’t think he could help me
There’s nothing to stop you from setting up a co-operative using a company legal form (either a company limited by shares or a company limited by guarantee), or a limited liability partnership. Where I’m unclear is why you want an entity separate from yourself. You are in effect a sole trader and there’s nowt wrong with that. Setting up a legal entity involves cost and admin, so I’d probably only really consider it if you are seriously looking at involving others, or if there’s a substantial financial benefit involved.
I was contracting through a Limited Company that i set up, and after i screwed up with the filing, i was told to go away till i was more together and could keep the paperwork in line. ( Companies House were very sympathetic when i explained the situation. )
That said, as long as you can fulfill the required bureaucracy, then it’s worth doing, as there are some contracts where the contract awarders definitely don’t want someone who is self-employed, as it gives a single-point-of-failure for the contract.
There’s also the fact that when you present yourself as a company, you’re also giving the unspoken signals that say you are together enough to keep the paperwork in order, so are a more reliable long-term bet.
I’ve done the whole Ltd company thing a few times, so I’m well aware of the paperwork overhead; I’ve reached the opinion that there’s more to life. Plus, I think limited liability has an awful lot to answer for, and I’m not sure I want any part of it.