How Will Brexit Affect Freelancers?

Brexit has dominated headlines and column inches for around two years now but with little certainty on how a final deal will look, it is difficult to know how lea

Santander is latest bank to invest in accounting software

Santander became the latest bank to invest in cloud accounting technology for small businesses when it acquired Albert in December.

The Spanish banking group bought the UK-based invoicing app for sole traders and micro businesses in an attempt to fight off competition from challenger financial firms and other established banks.

How to Have a Successful Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is a relatively new celebration that celebrates the thousands of small businesses that help make Britain great.

The day itself is in less than two weeks, and there are lots of brilliant ways that shops, cafes and all sorts of other independents can get involved.

Here are our top tips for a successful Small Business Saturday.

Will Making Tax Digital Apply to My Business?
Editor | 30 October 2018
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Making Tax Digital is the latest HMRC campaign to modernise tax collection and make life easier for business owners.

The first raft of changes, which affects VAT payers, will come into force on 1 April 2019. But a survey from the British Chambers of Commerce reveals that 24% of firms have never even heard of the measure.

Making Tax Digital for VAT will apply to all VAT-registered businesses that have a taxable income over the VAT threshold of £85,000.

The Hidden Health Risks of Self-Employment
Editor | 11 September 2018
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Self-employed workers and other micro business owners face hidden mental and physical health risks, according to research from cloud accountancy software provider FreeAgent.

The award-winning UK software company surveyed nearly 600 freelancers and small business owners and found that 73% thought that the pressures of the job had put their health under strain.

Almost four-in-ten said that freelancing affected their mental and physical health, while one-in-ten said it affected their physical health only and a quarter said it affected their mental health only.

How Tracking Time Can Boost Freelancer Profits

Alongside their market-leading skills, time is one of a freelancer’s most valuable assets. But too many freelancers don’t charge what they are worth.

Too often, freelancers don’t understand the true value of their time, and profits can suffer because of it.

FreeAgent - a cloud accounting software package designed for freelancers and other small businesses - has a time tracking feature that lets self-employed workers keep tabs on ALL of their time.

Editor | 21 January 2019
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If you are a NatWest or Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) small business customer, you can access the FreeAgent cloud accountancy software platform for free.

If you use either of these services, Cloud Accountant can help you get set up on the software for free, with additional support from a team of qualified accountants.

You can also sign up for the software for free on the NatWest or RBS website.

Why Spreadsheets are Holding Back Your Business

Is your business still using spreadsheets to manage its bookkeeping and accounts? It could be slowing you down and hurting your company.

Whether it is invoicing, checking figures or speaking to your accountant, spreadsheets more manual effort. Cloud-based accounting software automates many of these processes, making you more efficient

Cloud Accountant is Making Tax Digital Ready
Editor | 20 September 2018
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Cloud Accountant is ready to help contractors, freelancers and other small business owners make the most of HMRC’s new Making Tax Digital (MTD) requirements.

Having been awarded Xero’s Making Tax Digital Ready accreditation, our specialist digital accountancy practice can help small business owners put the required software and processes in place before the first MTD deadline in April 2019.

From next April, companies that exceed the £85,000 VAT revenue threshold will no longer be able submit VAT returns manually. Instead, companies will need to use HMRC-compliant software to track and submit the returns automatically.

Editor | 5 September 2018
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Cloud accounting software provider FreeAgent has been given permission by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to provide Open Banking services to freelancers, contractors and other micro-business owners.

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