Bookkeeping basics for your small business

Running your small business is a big job. Whether or not you have one or two team-members, or you’re a sole operator, there are myriad tasks to be done every day, just to keep your business running. Admin - especially financial admin - can often get pushed to the bottom of the to do list and can add unwelcome pressure. In this blog post I’ll be looking at the basics of bookkeeping and outlining … [Read more...]

Bookkeeping v Accounting: What’s the difference?

The terms bookkeeper and accountant are often used together or interchangeably when the two disciplines are in fact separate. Bookkeeping forms part of the overall practice of accounting. We take a look at bookkeeping v accounting and some of the ways the two differ and overlap. Depending on the size of your organisation you may only need a bookkeeper or it may make better business sense to … [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...]

Minimise impact of buy to let tax relief changes now

Changes announced in George Osborne’s summer 2015 budget cast the once healthy profit prognosis of buy to let landlords into imminent decline.   From April 2017, around 2 million British landlords will see their higher-rate tax relief on income from rental properties fall by 25% each year until 2020. After this point, tax relief for landlords will be at a flat rate of 20%. In reality, this … [Read more...]