Working from home tax deductions

How to tax-deduct working from home

 

Whether you’re self-employed or employed – a growing number of professionals are working from home and many even set-up a dedicated space to perform their job duties. To reduce the tax burden, the costs for working from home can be tax-deducted. However, certain conditions need...

 

Creating a web store: the cornerstone of seed money

Seed money for your online shop

 

When planning the finer details of your online shop, rushing through your financial plan can lead to chaos. It’s important to be aware of how much money you need to spend, and only an extensive finance plan can provide the necessary security for the development of your web store....

 

SMART goals

How to achieve more by setting SMART goals

 

Have you heard of SMART goals, but you’ve never used an organised and effective method for setting objectives? We’ll explain the advantages of SMART goals, how to use the technique for your personal and business goals and what to watch out for with this method. Because, like all...

 

Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)?

Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) explained

 

Neuro-linguistic programming, NLP for short, is a collection of tools and models designed to facilitate and strengthen communication in various areas of life and work. The goal is to better understand oneself and others, and to make positive changes. We will tell you exactly what...

 

Cost of sales method

The cost of sales procedure in the context of profits and losses.

 

The profit and loss account (P&L) is also called an income statement. All general ledger accounts are summed up with expenses subtracted from the income to leave a profit or loss amount for the period, which is usually one financial year. Daily operating expenses are summarised...

 

Register as a sole trader

How to register as a sole trader

 

It’s easy to become self-employed in the UK. All you need to get started is a business idea and a bit of courage. The one-person business does require registration with the HMRC and there are a few other requirements you will need to fulfil. It’s important to understand the risks...

 

Double-entry accounting, explained simply and briefly

Double-entry accounting simply explained

 

Double-entry accounting or double-entry bookkeeping is an essential part of the accounting system. Lots of entrepreneurs have a hard time with bookkeeping, when in fact it should be a boon and provide a detailed overview of your finances. Double-entry accounting isn’t an...

 

Due diligence: definition and history of precautionary risk assessment

By definition, due diligence is pretty much risk assessment undertaken with great care. Anyone who buys a company, or has shares in a company or in real estate, should carry out due diligence procedures to protect themsevles from unpleasant legal or financial consequences. Although this examination can sometimes be complex and expensive, failing to do so and paying the price later is usually more...

Soft skills: definition and lists

Soft skills are all those skills that make you stand out as a worker, but seldom appear on certificates or help you achieve qualifications. Your soft skills are relevant to employers for lots of different reasons: How well can you work with people? How do you deal with stress? Here’s a list of soft skills that are useful in your job and tips on how to develop them.

Performance reviews: this is how to make the most of them!

Performance reviews should consist of more than just pragmatic feedback from HR or bosses. Both employees and their bosses can benefit from open and honest performance reviews. In order for this to succeed, it makes sense to prepare well, and to have a guideline for orientation. Here we introduce the most important facts about employee reviews, as well as helpful tips and examples.

The PDCA cycle: more success with the Deming cycle

Continuous improvement and continuous learning: with PDCA, you ensure sustainable changes in both work and private life. The model, also known as the Deming cycle, helps to improve all possible situations – through an iterative, cyclical, and controlled process. How do you apply PDCA correctly?

Communication in the workplace: What should you pay attention to?

Good communication is one of the main pillars of productive work environments and this can only be created when colleagues talk to each other in a friendly, constructive way. A company can quickly become more successful than its competitors if everyone, from managing directors to interns, communicates properly with each other. But what does effective communication in the workplace actually consist...

Job application follow-up e-mail: template and sample

If you have sent a job application, you will usually have to wait a while to hear back. When is it worth asking about the status of your application? Depending on the employer and the position’s closing date, it will be time sooner or later to send a follow-up e-mail after the application. We explain how this should be done and what needs to be considered.

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 optimise the process of customer relationship management.

Trial Balance: everything you need to know about stock

A properly prepared trial balance is the key to accurate company valuations and is also the basis of your annual balance sheet. For this reason, it is very important that there are no errors. Your trial balance should consist of a list of all assets and liabilities. But what exactly is a trial balance? We will explain what you need to look out for and show you an example of what your trial balance...

The Eisenhower Matrix: sort by importance and urgency

In our fast-moving society, people often tend to tackle several projects and tasks at the same time, whether in their professional or private lives. However, to be able to complete all tasks properly and achieve goals that you’ve set for yourself, it is necessary to set priorities. The Eisenhower Matrix is a tool that can be used to prioritise tasks quickly and easily. Here we explain what makes...

Keeping a cash book: The basics of cash book accounting

For companies, there is no sweeter sound than when the cash drawer jingles. But the HMRC requires a detailed listing of your operating revenue and expenditures at the end of each year. This includes cash transactions. A cash book will help you to keep track of your cash drawer. This guide explains how to properly keep a cash book and what benefits you can enjoy by using professional software.


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