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

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.

Work Hub life – changing the culture of possession

For a business looking to get the most out of office floorspace, an element of sharing can make perfect sense. After all, why pay to accommodate workstations that are empty for much of the time?


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Do you have a cost-effective business?

Profit margins are the be-all and end-all of running a business, and with so many expenses coming from every angle, it can be a huge challenge to keep things cost-effective. 82% of small businesses fail because of cash flow mismanagement, which goes to show just how important it is for a business to maximise their income and minimise their output.

Top 5 Marketing Tools for Startups

Startups face the unique challenge of translating passions and ideas into repeatable profits. If you want to scale your business successfully, you need systems that support your goals.

The basics of Self Assessment – what you need to know

What is Self Assessment and how might it affect you as a business owner? Emily Coltman FCA, chief accountant to award-winning online accounting software provider FreeAgent, explains all.

Are your team taking enough time off? It’s more important than you think!

Did you know that 73% of UK employees don’t use up all of their annual leave? That means that only a quarter of us are actually making the most of our time off allowance.

Picking the right limited liability structure for your business

If you’re thinking of structuring your business so that it enjoys the benefits of limited liability, you have a choice of three different options; a company limited by shares, a company limited by guarantee, or a limited liability partnership. Emily Coltman FCA, chief accountant to award-winning online software provider FreeAgent, explores the difference between these three.

Shares in your new company

If you’re thinking of setting up your own limited company, one concept you’ll need to get to grips with is the whole area of shares. Emily Coltman FCA, chief accountant to award-winning online accounting software provider FreeAgent, gives an overview of the rules around shares in a private limited company.

FreeAgent unveils the secret to getting paid three times quicker

Whether its clients “forgetting” to pay, stalling for time before settling their bill - or sometimes just deciding not to pay you at all - having to chase up money that’s rightfully yours is frustrating and time-consuming. And the problem of late payment is more widespread than you might think - the UK government estimates that small firms are currently owed around £26bn in late payments, while the process of chasing debts costs these businesses millions of pounds more.

An Interview with Lord Young – Part Two

In the first part of our interview Lord Young gave his opinion on what makes a great entrepreneur and his most recent initiative, Start Up Loans - and how it has created opportunities for small businesses which did not exist before. In this week’s post Lord Young gives his views on the possibility of a tech giant emerging from the UK and what he thinks of the EU (amongst various other things).

An interview with Lord Young – Part One

Lord Young has had a remarkable career in both the business and the political worlds, serving under various conservative governments and acting as the Secretary of State for Employment. He has spearheaded multiple initiatives including Start Up Loans, was an Enterprise Adviser to David Cameron and has written a number or vital reports about the small business landscape in the UK.

The difficulty small businesses are facing accessing finance, and how iwoca is using technology and data to solve this problem

James Crowther owns one of Europe’s 20 million SMEs. Utilising his background in finance and fleet management, James’ vehicle brokerage business, Trade Vehicles Direct, finds clients the best deals on cars by sourcing direct from suppliers.

To enter business awards or not? Guest post from The Good Web Guide

It is a question that entrepreneurs, business owners and management should ask themselves – whether to put themselves in the limelight and enter an award. As the organiser of one such programme, Arabella  Dymoke, of The Good Web Guide shares her thoughts.

Do I need to use an Accountant yet?

While there is no legal requirement for limited companies to employ an accountant to look after their affairs, there are a number of reasons why the vast majority of limited company owners opt to use accountants instead of taking charge of their own record keeping and tax affairs. An accountant can be relied upon to add considerable value to your business; preventing errors, ensuring accurate year-end statutory accounts and reviewing potential tax savings.

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