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Tips on dealing with unpaid invoices

For small businesses and start-ups, unpaid invoices can spell serious trouble. They can cause a halt to cashflow, which can cause problems when it comes to paying suppliers and such like. If you are having trouble with unpaid invoices, read… Continue Reading →

Tips to ensure your Self Assessment goes smoothly

The official tax year has just ended, which means you have from now until the end of January to submit your Self Assessment, if you are doing so online. For most people, the words ‘Self Assessment’ bring about instant stress…. Continue Reading →

The Secrets To Managing A Small Business

Updated 9 November 2016 No matter how much experience you have had, nothing can prepare you for the unique challenges running your own small business can bring. Many small business owners skip the planning stage and jump straight in with… Continue Reading →

A guide to taking on your first employee

Many small business owners can start up and function for a while with just the directors and maybe some occasional help from friends or family but eventually, if you want your business to grow you will need to consider taking… Continue Reading →

A Beginner’s Guide to National Insurance Contributions (NICs)

Taxes… they are never ending. National Insurance is basically just another tax. National Insurance Contributions (NICs) were set up in order to fund a number of state benefits, including the state pension, the NHS and additional welfare schemes. Your contributions… Continue Reading →

Biggest Tax Mistakes Made By Small Businesses

Tax mistakes can be extremely costly, especially for small businesses. From forgetting employee benefits to submitting the tax return late, here a group of accountants in London take a look at some of the common errors made.     Tax… Continue Reading →

Top Up Your Employees’ Daily Inspiration Levels

  No matter how great your employees are, there are always times, especially in new startup businesses, when they will struggle to stay inspired. That’s why it is important to inspire them daily – here’s how.   As a business… Continue Reading →

Good Body Language: It’s Importance in Business

Body language is incredibly important and it is important we understand how important it is in relation to all aspects of our life and work. Here we look at the 8 different elements of body language.   Our body language… Continue Reading →

Get Your Mindset In Order – Your Career Depends On It

Your mindset is your biggest asset. Have you been neglecting it? If you have, you need to learn how to use it to your best ability. High achievers tend to always be people who strongly believe they are able to… Continue Reading →

How Can Leadership Style Affect a Business?

As an entrepreneur, you will no doubt have your own style of leadership which helped you to establish a successful business. Effective leadership involves being able to adapt favourably to any given situation and take advantage of opportunities presented to… Continue Reading →

5 ways to be more persuasive

How often in your shy youth were you advised to be more assertive in your approach to people? Today, just how confident do you think you are in your persuasion techniques? And yet persuasiveness is just as important a skill… Continue Reading →

Honing your leadership skills

Being a business owner means you need to be a leader and this is not a role which you can opt out of when the going gets tough. Employees look to you for support and results and, having mentioned the… Continue Reading →

5 things you need to know about starting a business

Whilst professional training can provide highly valuable information for those starting a business, there are some key elements of running a business that can only be learnt through experience. There are 5 little secrets that you will probably discover for… Continue Reading →

What does the new tax year mean for small businesses?

  The new tax year is upon us. This month we welcome the new tax rates and regulations that come with every fresh tax period. As predicted, HMRC have introduced legislation that we all need to be aware of. This… Continue Reading →

Better brainstorming – 6 techniques to make the most of your staff

Group brainstorming can be a highly effective way of using the power of the collective mind to address a business related issue. Bringing together all the different skills and experience of your employees in this way can help to inspire… Continue Reading →

12 things you should be doing right now to motivate your staff

Of all the resources business owner has to learn to control, their staff is probably the most complex. Keeping your people motivated, enthused and focused on the finish line is critical to the success of your business, but how do… Continue Reading →

5 key tips for successful delegation

As a business owner it can be tempting to think you’ve got to do it all yourself to get it done right. Despite having a team around you, it can be hard to let go and to delegate those parts… Continue Reading →

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