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Dealing with late payments

How to deal with late payments As a business owner it’s likely you would have dealt with late payments from customers at some point. But what is the best strategy to deal with late payments? Here are some key things to keep in mind when chasing late customer payments. Don’t jump to conclusions It’s important…Read More

Public speaking tips for business owners

When you are passionate about owning your own business, not enjoying speaking in public shouldn’t hold you back. Unfortunately, there’s no way around it other than practice. But the good thing is the more you do it the more you get used to it. But to give you a head-start in getting confident in public…Read More

How to make your meetings the most productive

Ensuring team meetings are worthwhile is beneficial for everyone, for you as the business owner and for your team to ensure their time at work is being used in the most efficient way possible. Remember, it’s not just the time of the actual meetings that takes up time in the day. It’s the preparation for…Read More

Self-development books for business owners

There are a lot of business books out there, so how do you know which to choose? If you’re looking for self-development books, we’ve compiled the ultimate list. As a business owner you never stop learning and your business changes. And your ability to adapt to these changes is what the survival of your business…Read More

How to create a health work-life balance 

The key to running your business efficiently is understanding which tasks are the best use of your time, and which should either be outsourced, re-strategised or taken off your to-do list completely.   We’ve compiled a list of 8 ways busy business owners can practice self-care, through making small changes in their businesses that will have…Read More

New to recruiting? Top 7 tips that will help you 

How do you know when you’ve been successful in your recruitment strategy? You find high-quality candidates with relevant experience and qualifications. Essentially, you find what you’re looking for. And not just one candidate, but a multiple to choose from.  Whether you’re entering a new role as a recruitment consultant, hiring for your employer, or hiring…Read More

6 dos and don’ts of business logo design

Designing your company logo is a huge business decision. There are a variety of avenues to choose from when designing your logo, depending on your budget. If your budget is low you could even design something yourself before getting a more professional version created later down the line. We’re compiled the top dos and don’ts…Read More

Do I need a business bank account?

The answer is, it depends on the type of business you’re running. If you’re a sole trader or freelancer then you can use either your personal or business bank account for payments and transitions. However if you run a limited company, your business is a separate legal entity to you, and therefore you will need…Read More

HMRC sets new VAT penalties for 2023

Are you VAT registered? If so, it’s important to note that HMRC is changing the rules for businesses who pay their VAT returns late.  What’s the new penalty for late VAT filings?  The changes are coming into place in January 2023, so it’s important your business takes action to prepare as soon as possible. The…Read More

8 of the best businesses to start in 2023

Did you know around 50% of businesses fail in the first year? And 95% of businesses fail within their first 5 years? If you’re looking to start a business, these statistics show just how important it is to start a business in an industry that people need right now, and will continue to need in…Read More

How to pay tax on Airbnb income

Airbnb has become a popular way to earn some extra cash in the past few years. Instead of renting out whole houses or even turning houses into HMOs, many are now opting to run Airbnb businesses instead.  But with many now having multiple income streams in addition to their main job, understanding how to pay…Read More

HMRC dates you don’t want to miss as a business owner

No matter the size of your business, there are some key HMRC dates you need to keep an eye on. Even if you have an accountant who does your bookkeeping and tax returns, it’s a good idea to have some idea of when these key dates fall. Here are the dates to keep in mind…Read More

6 marketing trends for small businesses

Digital marketing is constantly evolving, and keeping up with the trends can be difficult for a small business owner juggling everything else they need to. But with the huge growth in digital platforms we’ve seen over the last decade or so, we thought it would be important to write about new marketing trends that you…Read More

8 skills you never knew you needed to run a business

Whether you’re starting a business from scratch, investing in an existing business, or buying a franchise, you will be surprised at just how many skills you will need to successfully run a business.  Not only will you need to understand the ins and outs of the whole business, but certain personality and behavioural traits will…Read More

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