What is a small business?

Small businesses, explained

 

According to the Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC), a small business is a privately-owned and operated business with a small scale of trade and a small number of employees, depending on the industry. Small businesses are commonly referred to by the European term “SME” which...

 

Work-life balance

Work-life balance

 

A work-life balance involves a lot more than simply dividing working time and personal time equally. The concept is often viewed as a philosophy that determines many aspects of a person’s life. In order for it to succeed, both employers and employees must make an effort to create...

 

Job Interview Tips

Interview tips for making a great impression

 

You’ve made it past the application process and the initial screening and you’ve been invited to an interview. It’s normal to be nervous, especially if you have limited experience in selling yourself. There are a few unwritten rules that apply for all interviews. As soon as you...

 

Company mission, vision, values

Mission statement vs. vision statement

 

Even if prices are raised and there are more affordable alternatives on the market, we will often continue to buy products from the same brand. The reason for this is the same as explaining why we always choose to fly with the same airline or get our coffee from the same place:...

 

Types of taxes in the UK

Taxation and the different types of taxes in the UK

 

Keeping track of taxes in the UK isn’t exactly a piece of cake. There are so many types of taxes that it’s difficult to know which ones apply to you and/or your business. If you don’t file your taxes correctly with the HMRC, it could result in penalties, which could cost you...

 

CRM tools: customer care made easy

CRM tools: software for customer care

 

Customer care is one of the corner stones of a successful company – whether you are running an online shop or offering bank accounts. Even smaller companies can benefit from the use of CRM tools, which help to organise customer- or buyer data. These software systems automate and...

 

Business plan creation

Writing a business plan: here’s how to plan your venture

 

Before a business idea can be implemented, it is necessary to create a business plan. This serves as the founder’s roadmap, and summarises all necessary information about planning and finances. However, the business plan is also highly relevant for investors as well as potential...

 

The perfect business letter – structure, content, and design

A central component of running a business is writing business letters. These letters can serve the purpose of external communication: Entrepreneurs write business letters in order to initiate or develop business relationships. If they make first contact, the business letter must enable the recipient to obtain information about the sender’s business. We provide a standard template for business...

Correcting or canceling an invoice

If you send many invoices per day, errors can often occur. This can then lead to issues with the tax office, and claiming back deductions owed to you. There are several options available to fix errors, however. In this article, we will show you how to create a correction and a cancellation invoice.

Invoice numbers: What to pay attention to

Numbering your invoices follows a certain set of requirements under U.K. law, and is also a helpful tool for managing your business and tracking your transaction history. Utiliszing a good invoice numbering system makes it easier to locate invoices for future referencing, and can come in handy when accessing sale records for customer service purposes. Following a structured invoice numbering...

Required components and information for a proper invoice

Only proper invoices are approved by the HMRC. If the invoice is incorrect or incomplete, you forfeit your right to tax deductions, among other consequences. To avoid this, make sure that you always meet the minimum invoice requirements. This quick guide explains what information and components are mandatory on your invoices, what can and can’t be omitted, and which special rules you should pay...

Writing invoices: guidelines for businesses and the self-employed

Invoices are usually written with a special online tool or with an office software, like Microsoft Word or Excel. However, regardless of how you create an invoice, the content and structure of the document are subject to the same guidelines. But what do you need to be aware of? And what are the benefits of writing an invoice online?

The basics of income tax – an overview

Income tax is an important topic for everyone – both for private individuals and for entrepreneurs. But who actually has to pay income tax on what income? How high are the tax rates, and what else does the amount of tax depend on? This article will look at why income tax is charged, and when you may be eligible for exemptions and deductions.

Saving taxes – a guide for the self-employed

How can I save on tax? This is an eternal question for the self-employed. In order to be well-versed in questions of tax, and improve your own financial situation, you need the necessary information: What taxes have you incurred? And what can be deducted from them?

What are non-profit organisations?

When it comes to accounting, no two charities or non-profit organisations are the same. The amount of income made dictates which forms need to be filled out to complete the tax return. It can be confusing knowing which forms to fill out, but our article will explain how accounting for non-profit organisations works, with numerous non-profit accounting software available to facilitate the process.

E-recruiting: Applicant tracking systems for better applicant management

Whether it’s in the field of mobile or social media, various methods can help bring applicant management into the digital age. E-recruiting can help make it easier for you to find better candidates, strengthen your employer brand, and free up your HR department. This saves money and reduces staff turnover. Publishing job vacancies online is a start, but applicant management software can provide...

Elevator pitch: How to convince in just a few minutes

Nowadays, an elevator pitch rarely takes place in an actual lift. But the fact remains that we often face situations in everyday life where we need to present ourselves in a brief and compelling way. Could you pique the interest of a potential employer or investor in under two minutes? Here's a guide on how to give a perfect elevator pitch.