Common Misconceptions About the Government’s Financial Support for Freelancers

It’s now been a couple of weeks since the Chancellor announced the latest financial support for businesses feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. To find out what’s available and what you’re eligible for, head over to COVID-19 financial support post. Understandably, it’s just the top level details that have been announced at the daily briefings, with the finer details following later, and often being drip-fed into HMRC’s guidance. This has led to a lot of speculation being passed around as fact, so I thought I’d look at some of the misconceptions that I’ve seen being discussed. I’ll be concentrating on the Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) here, but will be covering limited companies and some of the other schemes available in future posts.

COVID-19 Pandemic: Government Support for Businesses

I know that many of you are worried about the current situation, and the effect it could have on your businesses. The original financial support measures announced back in March were designed to take us through to May/June. As a result extensions and changes have since been announced in order to provide further support for the next few months.

Don't Panic; I Can Help With Your Tax Return

So many people put their tax return off until the last minute, and the HMRC phone lines are inundated with callers asking for advice and support throughout January; it can be a terribly stressful time of year, and - coming directly after the expense and frivolity of Christmas and New Year - can see pennies stretched to their thinnest – so I always advise getting yourself organised well ahead of time, meaning that you don’t have the pressure of that deadline looming over you as your next exciting year begins.

Second Payment on Account Deadline Is 31 July

Time flies when you’re having fun - and when you’re focussed on running your own business the months can rush by faster than you anticipated, meaning that things slip down the to-do list waiting for the right time to be actioned. I’ve written about payments on account before - but here’s why it matters today:

Sole Trader vs Limited Company

You’ve got a fantastic business idea and you can’t wait to get going with it and make it a success. But what type of business should you be? It’s not as exciting as sorting out your branding, or planning your marketing strategy, it’s definitely worth spending some time thinking about what type of business you’re building.

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.

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?

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!

Spring Budget 2017 - Key Changes for the Self-Employed

This week saw the Chancellor’s first and last spring budget, with lots announced that will give those of us who are self-employed lots to think about. Let’s take a closer look at some of the main points of the budget.

4 Common Bookkeeping Mistakes

Sadly there are always parts of running a business that aren’t quite as enjoyable as others, and for a lot of people the task at the top of that list is bookkeeping. It might not be your favourite way to spend a couple of hours, but good financial records are so important to creating a successful business. Here are 4 common mistakes a lot of business owners make, and how to avoid them.

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