Best business startup ideas

The best business startup ideas: Here’s how to find them

 

If you would also like to go for it and launch a startup yourself, you’ll need good ideas and a ton of organisation. We’ve got some inspiration for both! How do you systematically approach the search for the next ‘big thing’? How have others written their success stories? And...

 

Time management techniques

The best time management techniques, summarised

 

Does your to-do list keep getting longer? Do you feel like time is constantly slipping away from you? If you want to be more productive and efficient, time management techniques can help. You can employ proven strategies to prioritise, plan, and efficiently execute tasks and...

 

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...

 

Ergonomic workspace

Ergonomic workstation for healthy working

 

An ergonomic workspace is an important pillar of the healthy work life. But many people are missing the know-how to create a more ergonomic environment. Illness, discomfort, and a lack of motivation can be the consequence. And yet, an ergonomically-designed workstation is easy to...

 

Start a side business

Starting a side business

 

Are you planning on setting up a side business and want to know how to go about it? Starting your own side business while working full time is a great way to minimise your financial risk. Test the waters, but first make sure you are legally registered and that you are even...

 

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...

 

Tax Tips for the Self Employed

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?

 

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.

Overhead costs

Would you like to judge the price of a product or service appropriately, but you don’t know its corresponding overhead costs? In contrast to direct costs, overheads such as factory rental costs cannot be directly assigned to a product or service. Instead, you must calculate the overhead rate to determine the appropriate percentage of overhead costs and, subsequently, the total expenses which...

The contribution margin

Which products should your company focus on and which are unprofitable? The contribution margin helps you answer this decisive question. Calculating the contribution margin correctly is crucial to the success of your company, by allowing you to draw conclusions about its profit or loss. We explain how to do this properly.

What is a cash discount and how is it calculated?

The option to make use of a cash discount is an incentive for both customers as well as sellers to pay an invoice on time. Offering a cash discount is not a requirement, but rather a strategy on the part of the supplier or seller to make sure bills get paid on time. The size of the cash discount and its deadline varies. In order to make use of a cash discount, it is sometimes advisable to use a...

What is Fair Value?

There is no doubting the fact that financial statements can be complex and hard to understand. At the core of an accurate statement are accurate values and figures. This is where fair value comes into play. Fair value accounting is of great importance when it comes to financial statements (balance sheets), the selling of assets, or transferring liabilities between two companies. For investors,...

Order confirmations: Write them perfectly with a template

If a customer accepts an offer that you’ve submitted, you should formally confirm the order. In theory, an oral communication is sufficient, but a written confirmation of the agreed services and conditions is much more serious and secure. With templates for Word, Excel, and others, you can create such order confirmations in just a few minutes.


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