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...

 

Invoice numbers: What to pay attention to

Numbering your invoices follows a certain set of requirements under U.K. law, and is also a helpful tool for managing your business and tracking your transaction history. Utiliszing a good invoice numbering system makes it easier to locate invoices for future referencing, and can come in handy when accessing sale records for customer service purposes. Following a structured invoice numbering...

Writing invoices: guidelines for businesses and the self-employed

Invoices are usually written with a special online tool or with an office software, like Microsoft Word or Excel. However, regardless of how you create an invoice, the content and structure of the document are subject to the same guidelines. But what do you need to be aware of? And what are the benefits of writing an invoice online?

Writing a letter before action: samples for professional letters requesting payment

Would you like to avoid defaulting customers, but you don’t know how? With 1&1 letter before action templates you can easily write your reminders. With prewritten texts, you can strengthen the management of your receivables. The aim of an effective dunning procedure is to reduce the number of customers and reduce the risk of loss of receivables. We will show you how to maintain your position as a...

Accounting principles: National and international standards

Accounting standards are used as a way to unify annual and consolidated financial statements. The standards make statements both more meaningful and easily comparable. Accounting principles exist at both the national and international level. But which standards should be observed? We provide you with an overview of the objectives and functions of commercial accounting, as well as the specific...

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 impossible undertaking. This guide explains the step by step fundamentals of double-entry accounting, and will turn you into a...

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.

What is a balance sheet, and how do you create one?

All accountable companies have to prepare an annual statement at the end of the financial year, to determine their tax obligations, among other things. A balance sheet is created according to an established pattern and on a fixed date in the year. The profit and loss report is the basis for a balance sheet, which is important for companies because it provides information on its status and...

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,...

How to correctly calculate, report, and reverse accruals on the balance sheet

Accruals play an important role when it comes to accounting. They are expenses or revenues incurred in a period for which no invoice was sent or no money changed hands. By learning more about accruals and how they work, you can keep track of your company’s finances more easily. This article explains how to calculate, report, and reverse accruals in an easy-to-understand way.

Accruals and provisions made simple

Unfortunately, when doing your annual accounts, it’s not always possible to know how much your operating expenses will be in advance. Because of this, you should always allocate a portion of your income for provisions and accruals. This way, you can avoid financial risks. But what do these terms mean, and how should they be recorded on your company’s balance sheet? This handy guide provides...