Self-Employment Toolkit

Making the change from employed to self-employed is simultaneously exciting and daunting. What if it doesn’t work out? What if your business doesn’t survive? Thousands of people make the empowering decision to become their own boss every single year. To make the process a little easier we have put together the following Self-Employment Toolkit to provide all of the information you need … [Read more...]

What are the tax implications of staff rewards?

Good work should not go unnoticed, correct? We think so too.  As a business owner, manager or director, a natural part of your role is to motivate and reward staff when targets are hit, milestones achieved or just as a general thank you for contributing to the bottom line. Types of staff rewards There are many different types of staff rewards, such as:- A physical gift such as a case of wine … [Read more...]

Start-ups and SMEs at IT security risk

Starting a new business is exciting, challenging and demanding, with most of the emphasis on getting up and running and delivering your service to your client base. Once premises, staff, stock and IT equipment have been procured, one of the crucial things that often gets overlooked is IT security and data management. Research by CareersinAudit.com last month revealed that losing customer or … [Read more...]

Outsourcing lessons from Land Rover

Sometimes, knowing when to ask for help within your business is the crucial turning point between you being able to provide a good or an excellent service to your customers. In my role as Finance Director, I work with a broad range of clients and often witness first-hand the damage that can be done to a business when valuable time is spent remedying avoidable problems. Typically, the type of … [Read more...]

Do I need an accountant for my part-time business?

Many people start a small business selling services or products whilst still working for another company, and think their business is too small to need an accountant. However, unless you are experienced in accounting and tax you may find yourself facing a very steep learning curve, whilst also trying to master being a business person and meeting your client’s expectations. If you don’t get … [Read more...]

Top 10 Habits of Effective Home Workers

Over 4.2 million people in the UK work from home[i] and this number is growing all the time. Whilst this way of working has obvious benefits, some people find the solitary working environment can be a cause for isolation and distraction. Working from home often means working late which means working unsocial hours. If you work from home, following our Top 10 Habits of Effective Home Workers can … [Read more...]