5 Benefits of Using Cloud Software

I’m a big fan of cloud software and have a core set that I use to help make things as easy as possible for the businesses I work with, as well as freeing up my time to give them the attention they deserve. If you’re still using desktop accounts software, or no software at all (don’t worry, there’s no judgement here), join me as I take a look at the main benefits of moving to the cloud.

Attending Accountex

Earlier this month I made the trek (and it really was…car, train, tube, AND two DLR trains!) to get to the Excel in London for my first visit to Accountex, an exhibition and conference dedicated to those in the accounting profession.

Bookkeeping for Freelancers

It’s important for all businesses to keep track of their finances, but if you’re a freelancer it’s vital that you have a good understanding of the figures that make up your accounts. It’s likely that you’ll be working with a number of different clients and it can be tricky keeping on top of what work you’ve completed, what has been invoiced, and which invoices have been paid. So what are the main things you need to know as a freelancer?

When Should You Submit Your Self Assessment Tax Return?

Today marks the start of the new tax year, so now seems as good a time as any to talk about submitting your self assessment tax return. I know the deadline isn’t until January, but that’s the final deadline, not when you should start thinking about it!

Changes to the National Minimum Wage

April sees a number of increases to the national minimum wage, do you know the effects this will have on your payroll?

The A-Z of Bookkeeping and Accounting Terms: I-Z

This is the second in a 2 part series that attempts to demystify the language of accounts. If you’re wondering what happened to A-H then hop over here to check it out and we’ll see you once you know your assets from your equity!

The A-Z of Bookkeeping and Accounting Terms: A-H

Do you know your accruals from your prepayments, or your assets from your liabilities? If you think that I’ve just dipped into a foreign language, then this short glossary of bookkeeping terms is for you. Running a business can be challenging enough, without having to also learn what feels like a whole new language. There’s a lot to cover, so we’ll look at A-H in this post, and I-Z in a future one.

Spring Budget 2017 - Key Changes for the Self-Employed

This week saw the Chancellor’s first and last spring budget, with lots announced that will give those of us who are self-employed lots to think about. Let’s take a closer look at some of the main points of the budget.

4 Common Bookkeeping Mistakes

Sadly there are always parts of running a business that aren’t quite as enjoyable as others, and for a lot of people the task at the top of that list is bookkeeping. It might not be your favourite way to spend a couple of hours, but good financial records are so important to creating a successful business. Here are 4 common mistakes a lot of business owners make, and how to avoid them.

Why Everyone Needs a Cash Flow Forecast

Many businesses fail in the first few years, and the most common reason? Cash flow. You may be doing pretty well on the sales front, but are you being paid on time? Or you’re covering your monthly outgoings just fine, but what about that big IT purchase you’d like to make in 9 months? Don’t fall into the trap of making decisions based on the money you have in the bank - your balance is an illusion. It’s entirely possible for your business to be profitable and yet still run out of cash.

5 Benefits of Outsourcing Your Bookkeeping

When you’re running a business, the finance side of things is often the one area that falls down the list of priorities as dealing with your accounts can be scary, even when things are going well! A good way of ensuring that you always have current financial knowledge, without taking your time away from what you do best, is to outsource your bookkeeping.

What Makes a Good Invoice?

I’ve seen many bad invoices in my time, you’d be surprised how many businesses don’t actually include their payment details! Late payment of invoices is the bugbear of every business and it’s important to have good processes in place for dealing with white rabbits (people who are always late!) But you also need to make sure that you’re making it as easy as possible for your customers to pay you, and a lot of that starts with the invoice itself.
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