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21Mar 2017

Although lending conditions are improving and new alternative funders are entering the market all the time, you still need to make your business attractive to finance providers. The following tips will help to improve your chances of securing the finance: Perfect your business plan When you approach any finance provider with a funding need they […]

26Aug 2016

Guest blog exploring the Legal Fundamentals of being self employed by William Blumenthal, owner (and self-employed sole trader) B-Law Being in business on your own can be exciting. If you are entrepreneurial and enjoy taking risks, seeing rewards for your efforts and have ambitions to grow a healthy and successful business, achieving that success is […]

19Aug 2016

Guest blog by Andre Fairweather from Stomm website design and hosting As a website developer and hosting provider I deal with a number of newly self-employed clients and small business owners. When I’m introduced it’s a good bet that I’ll be asked “how much do you charge for a website?” and “how quickly can you […]

25Jul 2016

Guest Blog by Lisa Tabor, from Tax Debts Help and Advice 31st July is looming, possibly one of the most dreaded days in a self-employed person’s calendar. Payments on account are made twice a year by self-employed people – 31st January & 31st July. These were originally designed as a way of helping those that […]

01Jul 2016

If you are a sole trader or small business and used to keeping good records of sales and business expenses then the chances are you don’t need an accountant to file your tax return. The self assessment tax return is relatively simple to fill in your sales and expenditure and using the on-line return will do all the […]

11Jun 2016

The big question we get asked by the self employed is ‘can I allow this expense against tax?’ Some of the answers are obvious but there are some tricky ones, just to trip us up, despite best efforts to be honest and logical. We have put together our top 10 that applies to the self employed (sole traders). Some […]

04Jun 2016

Once you decide to work for yourself you become ‘self employed’ or a ‘sole trader’. You need to register with HMRC as soon as you can after starting your business. At the latest, you should register by 5 October in your business’s second tax year. It’s a relatively simple process and can all be done on-line – […]

19Apr 2016

Back in the July 2015 budget the tax free allowance for renting a room – which applies to landlords who rent a spare room out in their house – rose from £4,250 to £7,500 a year. This great news has been followed with two new £1,000 tax-free allowances offered on income from people making relatively small amounts of […]

28Mar 2016

Compulsory Registration Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) require a business to register for VAT if: Turnover (Sales) are more than £83,000 (the threshold) in a 12 month period You receive goods from the EU over £83,000 You expect to go over the threshold in a single 30 day period You can register voluntarily if […]

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