We all need to dress for work. It doesn’t matter whether you dress up for a networking event or dress down to work from the sofa; the chances are you have purchased some clothes since starting your business that you only wear whilst working. But what you consider to be y...
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For most of us, we choose an accounting software when we start our business and then we stick to it. Even if it irritates us. And the main reason for that is because switching can feel like a chore. Better the devil you know and all that. But sometimes we are forced to ch...
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Have you ever felt that feeling of panic, when you enter all your information into your accounting software and press the button to generate the VAT Return, only to be greeted with a report that is completely wrong? Where have all your sales gone? Why haven’t some of the ...
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What is the difference between trading through a Limited Company or deciding to be self-employed? Are they taxed the same? Can you only be VAT registered if you have a Limited Company? If you trade through a Limited Company, can you avoid the payment on account? You may h...
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Starting your own business is exciting. You may be doing it for the thrill of stepping into the unknown and seeing where your dream can take you. Or maybe it’s about being your own boss and setting hours to suit your lifestyle. Whatever the reason, all new business owners ...
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Should I register for VAT?

February 27, 2019
There may come a time when you will start to wonder whether becoming VAT registered will benefit your business. You could reach this point before you even begin trading but it might never cross your mind until your business ramps up a notch. Either way, there are a couple o...
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When you first begin to trade, you may question whether you need to set up a business bank account or whether you can use your personal bank account. As business bank accounts typically have charges attached to them, it can make sense to try to avoid these costs and using a...
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Once you’ve been working freelance for a while and have started to make a bit of money, you might want to start to think about how much you need to set aside to pay in tax. This is a great mindset to be in if you already are! I’ll help you understand the next steps. If ...
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Do I need an accountant?

July 30, 2018
I’ve recently come across a number of freelancers asking if they need an accountant. It’s a fair question, as when you are starting up, or if your business is in a famine stage (rather than the favourite feast stage), it’s common sense to question where you are spendin...
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Be honest. What’s your bookkeeping setup like? Or in simpler terms, how do you keep track of the finances for your small business? It’s pretty common for bookkeeping to sit right at the bottom of the list when businesses are starting up. You need to bring in some money f...
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