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What You Loved: Most Popular of 2015

I love round up articles. I love revisiting articles I loved, articles I missed and those I meant to read and never got around to. 2015 was my second year blogging and I’m proud of my writing here. I work hard to write posts you’ll want to read, are easy to learn from, make you […]

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How To Get Featured In The National Press

This year I was featured in the Daily Mail, one of the UK’s national newspapers. It’s the world’s biggest online English language newspaper site and the print edition has one of the biggest circulations in the UK (source). How did I do it, and more importantly, how you can do it too.   Step 1: […]

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5 Ways To Save Money On Bank & Paypal Charges

Today I am typing up financial transactions for my business into my spreadsheet (get your free spreadsheet). I am celebrating that last December I made my best ever month in my business (champagne, please)! I am shocked how much money I paid in bank and payment provider fees. I knew they were there, I didn’t […]

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What Is A Personal Income Tax Allowance?

Let’s start with simple. My personal allowance for cake is 1 small slice per sitting. Now for you, your personal cake allowance may become 3 slices if you haven’t had cake for 2 days. HMRC have a stricter policy and you only have one personal tax allowance per year, no negotiations. In fact, when you make […]

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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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How To Balance Your Cash Flow

Cash flow is the difference between having a business and being broke. If your business – and you- can’t pay its bills when its bills are due, then you have a problem. (and to those businesses who can pay, and don’t pay, freelancers everywhere tip you into a ball pool of glitter and require you […]

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Start Your Year With Top Gun Business Finances

I was chatting with an airline pilot at the bus stop at Heathrow. He flies 747s around the world with responsibility for the lives of thousands of passengers and millions of pounds of aircraft. Then, as if what he did for a job was nothing, he said what he did was easy compared to Navy […]

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What You Need To Do Before You Quit Your Job

Quitting your job and working full time for your own business, freelancing or blog. It’s the dream, right? Full time, part time, flexible time. On your sofa, in a cafe, on a beach, in a boardroom. Your success, your way. Scary though, isn’t it? You can do it. Thousands have before you, and done it their […]

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Why Budgeting Is The Dirtiest Word In Business (YNAB Review)

Budgeting. The dirtiest word in business. [Guest post by Emma Cossey, digital media consultant, The Freelance Coach and creator of The Freelance Lifestyle E-Course] In a world that encourages us to spend, spend, spend, cutting back and sticking to a limit feels deeply….unfair. But, y’know, I’m an adult now. An adult trading as a Limited […]

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6 Ways To Avoid Your Accounts

Some business owners are a whizz doing their accounts. They just do them. If you’re feeling, ‘really, that doesn’t happen to me’, I’m with you. Me neither. It’s not the best and most comfortable experience for doing my accounts. Which of course, MUST be done. It’s the law. I get my accounts and tax return […]

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