Balance sheet

Balance sheets: the basics

Creating a balance sheet can give business owners and entrepreneurs a headache. After all, proper bookkeeping with a balance sheet and a profit and loss account is far more complex than a simple income statement. But how do you know whether you are obliged to create a balance sheet? Here, you can find out why you might need to keep a balance sheet, and what they mean for you and your company.

Self employed tax

How do you pay tax correctly as a freelancer?

Either October or January (depending on whether you submit on paper or online) are usually the deadlines for submitting tax returns on the previous financial year in the UK. This process often leads to questions: How do I determine my earnings? What can be deducted? Which forms need to be filled out? What are the deadlines and extensions? Something that often escapes many freelancers is that...

Annual accounts

Annual accounts – an overview of the financial year

For publicly traded companies, annual accounts are due at the end of the year. This report allows you to present your company’s financial situation to the public, answering questions like: How much balance sheet profit did you make? What is the composition of income and expenses? What risks will investors be taking if they want to work with you? Drawing up an annual account will help you answer...

Low value asset

What is a low-value asset (LVA)?

By depreciating your low-value assets, you can get a better idea of your financial status, enabling you to work out when assets need replacing and their cost. There are two different depreciation methods: straight line depreciation and reducing balance depreciation – but you need to work out which of them works best for you and your business. Software can also facilitate the task and work out the...

Creating a balance sheet

Guidelines for a proper balance sheet, clearly explained

Anyone who is required to prepare accounts needs to pay attention to the guidelines and principles that come with them, especially when it comes to balance sheets. We expect the data to be reliable, verifiable, and objective, as well as consistent and compatible. Knowing these objectives helps you to prepare accurate annual financial statement for your company. We explain what is meant by the...

What is inventory?

What is inventory?

For many businesses, inventory management is their lifeblood; regular stocktaking is essential in order to ensure that you’re working with the correct figures for your accounts. We explain the subtleties of inventory counts, which inventory types and inventory procedures there are, and how to carry out the complex process as quickly as possible without encountering any problems.

Writing a quote | Tips for creating a quote

Writing a quote: what you should consider when creating a quote

The profitability of many companies and freelancers depends primarily on the order situation. If you attract a customer’s attention with your products or services, and they send you a request, you should try to create a quote as quickly as possible and send it back to them. We explain what you need to include when writing a quote and the correct way to structure it.

Closing an Ltd

Closing a limited company: how to wind up your business

The decision has been made: you want to close your limited company. The reasons for dissolution can vary, but what happens now? Simply ceasing business operations is not enough. A limited company must be dissolved in accordance with statutory regulations and according to a fixed procedure.

Recording Cash Discounts

Recording cash discounts

Many entrepreneurs ask themselves what an accounting record of a cash discount looks like. The concept in question seems simple to those who know how to record cash discounts properly. However, it can also cause some confusion at the start. How does this fit in with VAT? Are cash discounts recorded as deductions? Is opting for the gross method better than opting for the net method? We get to the...

Filing entertainment expenses: Here’s how it works

Entertainment expenses – make the most of the tax incentives

When it comes to entertaining clients and business partners, the UK is not the most tax friendly of locations. However there are still some ways of saving money with your entertainment expenses, and this includes entertaining both clients as well as your own staff. Here you can read all the steps that you need to take to make sure you file your company entertainment expenses correctly, as well as...

Grow Your Business

A solid business growth strategy is paramount for any business owner. This category focuses on all the aspects that follow the establishment of a company; from business strategy and growth, to recruitment, bookkeeping, and taxes.


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