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Which Local Marketing Expenses Are Tax-Deductible?

  Local marketing is a core marketing strategy, especially if your business is mostly face to face or geographically based. Which expenses are tax-deductible though? ūüėČ I’m going to take you through the 7 most popular ways of local marketing and whether they’re tax-deductible: Press Printing Cold calls Door to door Networking Advertising Events (and […]

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The Ultimate Guide To Accounting Software

All businesses need to keep accounts. How you do that depends on your business’s legal status (limited company, sole trader etc), how much income your business has, and the number, type, and complexity of transactions.   Making The Right Choice of Accounting Software It’s a choice for what’s right for you and what’s right for […]

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The Importance Of Shoes When Starting A Business

I’d like to introduce Lizzie Cheeld, virtual PA to creative types (like me), who guest posts for me today about how important shoes are in her newly minted business. It’s incredible I haven’t yet posted on this subject! Shoes & Tax Returns Shoes and tax returns……not natural bed fellows admittedly but as I launch into […]

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5 Ways To Save Time Doing Your Receipts

Keeping records of your receipts can feel soooo tedious.   Can’t ¬†I just bin them dammit, I hear you cry!   All those bits of paper in my purse, wallet, pockets, handbag, everywhere! ¬†[Tweet “Receipts are a core part of your records & you’re legally obliged to keep them”] ¬†Receipts¬†are a core part of your […]

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How Do I Register For Self-Employed National Insurance Contributions?

National Insurance (NI) is the tax we don’t call a tax. It’s not simple, but it is easy! I’ll take you through National Insurance Contributions (NICs) step-by-step so you pay what you need to and no more than that. What Are National Insurance Contributions (NICs)? National Insurance started last century as a way of paying […]

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What Is A Tax Year & Using It To Reduce Your Tax Bill

A tax year is the period of time when you are assessed for tax. What Are The Tax Year Dates? The first day of the UK tax year is 6th April. The last day is 5th April the following year. Sole traders are assessed for tax through the self assessment tax return system.¬†Your sole trader […]

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The Essential Tax & Money Reads For New Freelancers

  Are you exploring freelancing? A shiny new freelancer in your first year? An established freelancer needing a refresh? Collected in one handy place, all cosy and warm: The New Freelancer Edition. Snuggle down with a glass of red and learn. The Tax & Money Essential Reads For New Freelancers 1. ¬†UK Freelance Tax & […]

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Given up on Resolutions? How about trying accounting for a change?

This week’s post is by Mark Leruste, a former overweight corporate burnout turned men’s health activist, ICF professional certified coach, award winning social entrepreneur, plant-based sponsored athlete and author of “It’s Not You, It’s Me – Break up with your job and live the life you love”. If you want to know how Mark who […]

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Can I Do My Own Tax Return?

Yes! (usually) You’re a one man band, you freelance, you’re a micro business owner. Can you do your own self assessment tax return? Let’s break it down into limited company directors and sole traders (click here if you aren’t sure which you are).   Doing Your Tax Return As A Director Easy to do your […]

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Cashflow starts with the letter C

Cookie starts with C. So does cashflow. Is your cash flow good enough for you?

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