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...

 

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...

 

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...

Lean startup: reasons without risk?

Dropbox, Airbnb, Twitter – all these succesful companies have one thing in common: they became successful using the lean startup model. This method questions traditional business concepts and procedures, and instead promises greater flexibility and innovation. But what do lean startups mean for product development and company culture, and how can you benefit from these new ideas?

What is a P&L account?

In order to properly finalise an annual financial statement, most corporations must include a profit and loss (P&L) account, which, as its name already suggests, breaks down their profits and losses for a given financial year. However, we must ask what a P&L statement should really look like. We explain the procedure surrounding P&L statements so that you stay on top of all laws, methods, and...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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?

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: 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.