Cloud Accounting Software: Xero Vs Quickbooks

Business owners need to make sure they have the right tools to manage their finances. When it comes to bookkeeping and accounting, more and more firms are choosing online software platforms over spreadsheets and desktop-based software.

This low-priced software gives business owners the ability to manage their finances from anywhere, with data stored securely in the cloud. But how do you choose which software is right for you.

How Small Business Owners Save for Retirement

When you run a small business, it is easy to get caught up in the daily hustle of grind of winning business, delivering a great service and keeping people happy. But when you are so focused on growth and success in the short term, it can be difficult to think about the next few months, let alone decades.

This may be part of the reason why so many freelancers, limited company directors and other small business owners seem to be so ill-prepared for retirement.

Best Accounting Software for Online Sellers
Editor | 12 August 2019
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Small businesses that sell products online through platforms like EBay, Amazon, Shopify and Etsy need simple software that they can rely on to run at their best.
Cloud Accountant specialises in supporting online sellers with the financial management.
We work with hundreds of online businesses – including part-time sellers, start-ups and established businesses – and in the vast majority of cases we only recommend one accounting system.

HMRC Last Warning on Making Tax Digital

HMRC has urged businesses that will be affected by Making Tax Digital to submit their first quarterly return using approved software by 7 August.

Under the new rules, which came into effect on 1 April, businesses with an annual turnover over £85,000 need to sign up to Making Tax Digital and submit a quarterly VAT return before the 7 August filing date.

Political Uncertainty Holding Back Small Business Growth

Survey evidence shows that small firms are struggling to expand, hire and raise productivity as political uncertainty takes its toll on the economy.
Published by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), the Small Business Index (SBI) tracks the confidence of and outlook for small businesses in the UK.

Amazon Sellers Could Be Blocked By No Deal Brexit

Revelations from a leaked government document suggest that thousands of online sellers could find their businesses blocked on popular marketplaces in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The news which could leave British Amazon and Google sellers hamstring was revealed when confidential details of the government’s Operation Yellowhammer no-deal contingency planning were leaked to the press.

The Best Business Bank Accounts for Selling Online

Many Brits decide to sell products online as a full-time business or to supplement other income. Running your own online selling business can provide financial freedom, but you need to make sure you get the money side of things right.

Editor | 5 August 2019
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Nobody gets into because they love accountancy. But if you want your new venture to succeed and grow, you can’t afford to ignore the finances.

Bookkeeping and taxes can be scary for first-time business owners, but it isn’t too tricky as long as you pay attention to the basics.

In this blog post we share some business finance fundamentals that you need to get right if you want to sell online successfully.

Monzo Announces Xero, FreeAgent Integration
Editor | 15 July 2019
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Challenger bank Monzo has announced that its business customers will soon be able to integrate their accounts with Xero and FreeAgent.

The integration means that business transactions will automatically be imported into the accounting software each day, making it easier to track what’s coming in and what’s going out.

Combined with Xero and FreeAgent’s easy bank reconciliation systems, it will make financial processing quicker and easier than ever before.

Open Banking Offers Big Business Opportunities to Small Firms

Open Banking is set to revolutionise bookkeeping, offering to small businesses some opportunities that previously have only been available to bring firms.

Cloud accounting software platform Xero is on the forefront of the changes, promising small firms that they will be able to grow and run their businesses more effectively.

Open Banking is set to be introduced for all Xero customers from September 2019, so we thought that we would take an in-depth look at the changes and how they can benefit small and medium sized businesses.

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