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At least once a year every business owner should review the cost of running their business - the overheads.  Whilst you might spend time finding the best and most cost effective supplier for the goods that you sell or for the materials that are used to provide your service, do you consider the other costs that your business incurs?  Costs such as insurance, telephone & broadband, stationery, subscriptions and marketing.  Are you aware of these overhead costs or do you just accept they are what they are?…
I have written a few blogs over the years about the differences between an accountant and a bookkeeper and why I recommend that you use both a bookkeeper and an accountant for your business.  That may be yourself as the bookkeeper, an employed bookkeeper or a bookkeeper external to your business - whatever works best for your business.  During the last 12 months…
A large number of our clients are using Xero to maintain their accounts records and as a Xero Silver Champion partner we are well placed to help them get started and use it to its best advantage for their business. So if you are already using Xero or are thinking about using it what are our top five tips for getting started.…
Not all bookkeepers and accountants are good at their job.  Each has a different sets of skills.  Bookkeepers do the day to day record keeping for your business, whilst accountants are better qualified to look at the overall picture of the business and advise on tax savings and planning.…
Now's the time to get your tax return for 2017-18 out the way.  The tax year finished on 5th April and tax returns will now be available to complete online.  The deadline for submission is 31 January 2019 but why wait for the deadline?  Here are some of the advantages of getting it done in good time:…
Some businesses have always added a surcharge to cover the cost of the fees charged to them by the companies who process debit and credit card transactions but from 13th January 2018 they are no longer allowed to add a charge to payments they take by card.…
If you are just starting out in business you will probably have lots of questions especially when it comes to managing your finances.  Many banks will want you to prepare a forecast of your income and expenditure before they will consider you for a loan or an overdraft and many need this even to open a business bank account. That can be daunting if you really don't know where to start and what you should include.…
All growing businesses will become VAT registered. It is not daunting. You just need to become organised with your record keeping and remember your VAT return deadlines. So what should you know about becoming VAT registered? …
It may not be a new financial year for your business but there is no time like the present to take a little time to review the costs of your business. Do you know what your costs really are? Here are three areas of your accounts which will probably be worthwhile to review:…
Business owners need to keep accounts in order to determine their profitability (or not) and to satisfy HM Revenue & Customs requirements so there can't be many business owners who aren't using one of the myriad of accounting software to do this. But using accounting software is not a necessity. …
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