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Category Archives for Start Your Business

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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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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Starting A Business As A Freelancer

Starting a business and deciding to freelance is an exciting time. It can be the first step in a new life, where you choose what matters and what’s important to you.   Whether you’re going full time, part time, with a job, without a job, while you care for children or parents, work from home […]

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Doing Your First Tax Return – Part 2

Doing your first tax return can be like a squishy bunny. It’s cute, it’s cuddly, it looks googly eyes at you and loves you. Ok, ok, maybe it’s not that cute. But does your first tax return need to be the opposite? A dark, broody, nasty ‘thing’, waiting under your bed to crawl up the duvet […]

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Doing Your First Tax Return – Part 1

Doing your first tax return can feel daunting. It’s easy to put it off and go hide in your mental pillow fort. Take your chocolate, calculator and spreadsheet into your pillow fort, snuggle under your duvet and get your first tax return ticked off your Grown Up Accomplishments list. 1. Notice To Complete A Tax […]

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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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How Do I Choose A Business Bank Account?

Business bank accounts are a subject I am asked about a lot. Which is the best one? In the Tax Return Success group, a freelancer was shopping for her first business bank account and asked for help. Here’s the advice I gave her. How To Choose A Business Bank Account Firstly, are you reading this because you […]

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Tax Tools For Bloggers

Welcome bloggers!   A blog can be the way you express yourself to the world as well as being a source of income. The blogging world is still a new one to HMRC (bless their hearts) so it can feel confusing when your 21st century blog hits up against 20th century rules and advice. I […]

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How Can I Pay Less National Insurance?

National Insurance. The tax that isn’t a tax. Especially in the first few years, saving money on tax can give your business that extra money that allows you to invest in yourself. Learn how to legally and ethically save money on your National Insurance bill. For information about types of National Insurance and what you need […]

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