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...

 

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.

Three examples for calculating depreciation

For every entrepreneur, calculating depreciation is an important task. But we must ask ourselves how the calculation of depreciation actually works, and what to look out for during the calculation process. These and many other questions will be answered with the aid of three examples, which will also clarify various depreciation methods and delineate the difference between imputed costs and other...

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...

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...

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...

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.

What is depreciation? Starting off with the basics

What does depreciation mean and what role does it play in a business environment? These questions are of great importance to entrepreneurs. Depreciation is often a closed book for business founders. To find out more about the basics, continue reading this article, in which we explain not only various depreciation types and methods of calculation, but also shed light on how to act with low-value...