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Behind the Calculator: February

February gets a bit of a kicking from a lot of people, but it’s one of my favourite months. It’s not as dreary and cold as January, and Spring is just around the corner. It might be the shortest month, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t packed full of great meetings and great people. I had lots of interesting conversations and I’m heading into March feeling really excited about the future.

Getting the Most out of Xero Tracking Categories

Do you ever look at your business and wish that you could tell which areas were most profitable and which ones probably need a bit or work? Well with tracking categories in Xero you can do just that! Knowing exactly which areas of your business income is coming from, and just as importantly where you’re spending money, enables you to make proactive business decisions.

Behind the Calculator: January

I can often be found reading blogs, whether for business purposes or in my never-ending pursuit of the perfect eyeliner. My favourites are those where you really get to know the person behind the words, as well as learning new things, with Lenka Koppova and Rachel Extance both doing this very well. In fact, I enjoy Lenka’s “What I learnt this week” series so much I’ve been inspired to do my own version, so join me as we go behind the calculator!

12 Bookkeeping Tips for Micro Businesses

Did you know that there’s a special day just for us micro business owners? Celebrating and supporting the community, #MicroBusinessMatters Day is the only day dedicated to businesses with 0-9 employees. Whether you’re a freelancer, sole trader, or run a company with a tiny team, the 12 tips below will help you succeed with your accounts.

Important Numbers Every Business Owner Should Kow

Hello there, how’s your month going? Sales going well? How are they compared to last month, or this time last year? If you’re like a lot of small business owners, it’s likely that you don’t know the answer to this.

How to Get Paid More Quickly

Sadly, late or non-payment of invoices is a big problem within the small business community, and can quickly lead to major problems with cash flow. Ultimately this means that they can be the difference between a business being successful or not. A lot of business owners look to profit to gauge their success, but as I’ve said many times before, profit means absolutely nothing without good cash flow.

5 Common Bookkeeping Myths

Last month I attended a conference run by the Bookkeepers Alliance, where one of the questions posed to us was about the term “bookkeeper” and whether it’s still relevant. A lot of the discussion focussed on the observation that it’s often used prefaced with “just a”. Bookkeepers just record all of your expenses. We justuse language that business owners can understand. We just provide accountants with high quality information in the format they need. We just tailor your information to help with any reporting you need. This prompted me to look at some other common bookkeeping myths.

What are Payments on Account?

Indulge me for a moment, and allow me to think that I have such influence that, after reading about when you should submit your self assessment, you immediately went off and submitted your tax return. Depending on the amount of tax you owe, you may have been told by HMRC to make payments on account (I almost wrote asked, but we all know it’s not really an invitation!) But what are they and why do you need to pay them?

5 Benefits of Using Cloud Software

I’m a big fan of cloud software and have a core set that I use to help make things as easy as possible for the businesses I work with, as well as freeing up my time to give them the attention they deserve. If you’re still using desktop accounts software, or no software at all (don’t worry, there’s no judgement here), join me as I take a look at the main benefits of moving to the cloud.

Attending Accountex

Earlier this month I made the trek (and it really was…car, train, tube, AND two DLR trains!) to get to the Excel in London for my first visit to Accountex, an exhibition and conference dedicated to those in the accounting profession.

Bookkeeping for Freelancers

It’s important for all businesses to keep track of their finances, but if you’re a freelancer it’s vital that you have a good understanding of the figures that make up your accounts. It’s likely that you’ll be working with a number of different clients and it can be tricky keeping on top of what work you’ve completed, what has been invoiced, and which invoices have been paid. So what are the main things you need to know as a freelancer?

When Should You Submit Your Self Assessment Tax Return?

Today marks the start of the new tax year, so now seems as good a time as any to talk about submitting your self assessment tax return. I know the deadline isn’t until January, but that’s the final deadline, not when you should start thinking about it!