Author Archives: Mathew Aitken

About Mathew Aitken

Being Head of Content entails overseeing MadeSimple’s blogs (five in all!) and any other content we happen to be producing. In his spare time Mathew is an avid film-goer, TV-watcher and Tottenham Hotspur-endurer.

Making the switch to freelance marketing consultant? Here’s what you need to know about setting up your business

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Making the switch to freelance marketing consultant? Here's what you need to know about setting up your business

As a marketer, the prospect of going freelance brings up plenty of potential pros and cons. The whole process can be daunting but pays dividends in the long run.

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What is crowdfunding and how could it help start my restaurant?

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What is crowdfunding and how could it help start my restaurant?

If you’re a food lover, it can be tempting to open up your own restaurant. It offers you the opportunity to be your own boss and to have creative freedom over everything — from the menu to the interior design. However, it’s easy to be put off straight away by how expensive it is to set up. You’ll need to account for the premises, purchase cooking equipment and furnishings, and pay staff, to name just a few.

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Marketing 101: how to showcase your cleaning business online

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Marketing 101: how to showcase your cleaning business online

If you’re starting up your own cleaning business, you’ll be spending a lot of time planning it. From equipment hire to insurance, this can be a long-winded and difficult process.

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I’m setting up my own pop-up food stall: is it worth it?

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I’m setting up my own pop-up food stall: is it worth it?

Pop-up food stalls are entrepreneurship at its most vibrant. From mobile units catering festivals and parties to market and food court stalls, this fast-growing sector is becoming more and more popular for both businesspeople and consumers alike.

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Startup Story with George Bevis, founder of Tide

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George Bevis, Tide

In our latest interview we chat with George Bevis – founder of Tide, a business current account launched at the beginning of last year and counting 30,000+ members already – making it the fastest growing new B2B fintech in the UK ever.

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Think you’re stuck with your company name? Think again

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Ah yes, the flamboyant company name. It seemed like a good idea at the time but now you’re just not so sure. In fact, you are sure – you don’t like it. So what are you going to do now? Continue reading

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A fresh start for freelancers: 6 resolutions for the self-employed – Guest post from FreeAgent

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Your personal resolve to keep up that workout routine might be fading, but it’s never too late to make achievable resolutions for your small business! Anytime is an excellent time to review your progress in the previous year, and think about what goals you want to achieve in the coming years.

Emily Coltman FCA, chief accountant at award-winning accounting software FreeAgent, suggests six straightforward resolutions to help your small businesses bloom in 2018 and beyond.

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What’s your business’s most important asset? It’s probably not what you think

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When asked, “What is your most important asset?” most company owners that we asked said it was their business or their properties. However, at Interlife we would disagree. We believe your health is a much more valuable asset. Ask yourself this, if your health deteriorated and you were unable to work, would your business continue, and would you be able to afford to pay your loans? This starts the business protection discussion. Continue reading

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Startup Story with Latif Baluch and Ramy Al Kadhi from Calio

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In the age of social media, putting aside real time for friends can feel a little, well, old-fashioned. Latif Baluch and Ramy Al Kadhi want to change this with Calio, an all-encompassing calendar app for your phone that makes organising get-togethers simple (we’re always big fans of that). We caught up with the guys last month to see how business was going. Continue reading

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What happens if I miss my Confirmation Statement or Annual Accounts deadline?

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All limited need to file a Confirmation Statement and Annual Accounts on a yearly basis. Even if they’ve never traded. But what happens if you miss the deadline? In this blog post we look at the implications of filing your Confirmation Statement or Annual Account late (or don’t file them at all). Continue reading

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