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.

GoCardless makes collecting payments effortless in Xero
Editor | 19 September 2018
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As you may well know, here at CloudAccountant, we are big fans of Xero. If you are looking for a simple, easy way to manage bookkeeping and accounting, then Xero is your best option as the market leading accounting software.

Xero also has a choice of ways it can help you ensure you get paid – making it easier to keep on top of cashflow. And these are generally linked to Xero in the form of add-ons. The beauty of these new systems is that it adds another way of getting paid, with a simple, automated interface.

How to secure your Xero login cloudaccountant

Your business depends on keeping data secure. And this counts double for sensitive financial information.

It’s normally big companies that make the news when they have a data breach, but cybercriminals are targeting small businesses like yours as well.

Research indicates that 40% of cyber attacks in 2017 were targeted at small businesses and this is increasing.

Most small businesses can’t afford advanced in-house data security systems.

Xero lets small businesses get paid through email
Editor | 16 May 2018
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Cloud accounting software giants Xero have announced a new, faster way for small businesses to get paid.

Teaming up with Outlook and Microsoft Pay, small businesses will now be able to get paid through emails.

Xero customers who send digital invoices with Stripe as their payment service will soon be able to get paid quickly and easily through Outlook.

Payments in Outlook is a secure method of payment for clients.

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.

Get The New Xero Expenses App For Free

Xero Expenses has received a big update and you can access the new and improved features for free until 28 September 2018.

Bolstered by AI, the new and improved expenses add-on will speed up expenses management and give you greater visibility over your finances.

As a thank you to existing Xero customers, the company is offering Xero Expenses for free until the 29 September.

Xero Add-On A2X Accounting is Perfect for Amazon Sellers CloudAccountant

Certified Xero connected application A2X Accounting makes life easy for Amazon sellers.

Recommended for big and small Amazon sellers, the add-on package makes using cloud accounting software Xero even simpler - posting easy-to-reconcile summary invoices directly into the software.

Online sellers: Make the most of the new tax year

Now is the perfect time to boost your tax efficiency, get organised and make a fresh start to the new tax year.
Take advantage of our introductory offer throughout May and start building your online business in 2018/19.
While the retail apocalypse continues to plague the British high street, online retailers have never had it so good.
People selling on platforms like eBay, Amazon and Shopify have more opportunities than ever before to generate sales and grow their online businesses.
Whether you are trying to turn your part-time side hustle into a full time job or you want to grow your online shop into a recognise brand, new tools make it easier than ever before.
Before you do anything else, however, it’s critical you get the financial side of things sorted.

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