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Tax deductible home office expenses 

Tax deductible home office expenses 

Many small companies, including those providing professional services to clients, perform a lot of work from home. One of the most frequently asked questions by directors is what expenses can you legitimately claim back against your company? Currently, HMRC allows up to a £26 per month fixed expense (excluding business telephone calls) which can be […]

Company Car Tax & Benefit in Kind

Company Car Tax & Benefit in Kind

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is in relation to Company Car Tax – the use of cars for business purposes and how this will affect the tax liability. The current system of tax relief and benefits in kind are all linked to the CO2 emission of the car. The tax system […]

Start Up Finance with the Seed Enterprise Investment Fund

Start Up Finance with the Seed Enterprise Investment Fund

SEIS is a Government scheme aimed at incentivising investment into so-called “seed-stage” and start up companies. This note covers the basics of how the scheme works, what tax relief is available and who is eligible for the scheme. How does the scheme work? SEIS operates in a similar manner to the Enterprise Investment Scheme, providing […]

Profit isn’t the problem – cashflow is king

Cashflow is king if you’re a busy, hard-working small business owner. Getting paid on time is vital for success. But, invariably, not everyone can or will pay up when they should.

What is cashflow management? In its simplest form, cashflow management is doing everything possible to make sure money flows into your business as quickly as possible, and leaves the business as slowly as possible.

And those cashflow, billing and invoicing challenges certainly aren’t unique to the small business community. Profitable businesses are just as likely to close their doors for cashflow reasons as unprofitable ones.

No matter how well-respected, innovative or essential your business and its output is, if you’re not in control of the books, you may end up treading water.

Stay afloat with five top tips to help you to get paid on time, invoice more efficiently and create a healthier cash flow:

1. Discuss payment terms before you get started

Getting this sorted upfront means that there is no confusion down the track. It also sets the client’s expectations around payment before you start the work.

2. Keep detailed records of inventory and time

This saves time when it comes to creating the invoice and makes sure you don’t miss anything. It also means if things are going over budget you can let your client know.

3. Make the invoice clear and easy to understand

List the details of the job in a way that makes sense to the client; any confusion could create a payment lag. It’s also good to personalise your invoice with your business logo and your bank details so you can be paid.

4. Use online invoicing & implement payment services

Cloud accounting software offers an online invoicing feature that encourages collaboration with your clients, changes made to invoices are instantly updated, letting you know whether the invoice has been received, as well as viewed. This, coupled with a payment service, can really help get that payment in quicker. Up to two weeks quicker in fact!

5. Keep on track with debtors

The squeaky wheel gets the oil. When things become overdue, send reminders, monthly statements or make a phone call. It shows that you are serious about getting the invoice paid. Having a process that helps streamline invoicing can reduce the amount of time you spend collecting your hard-earned money. Check out our video if you just keep "chasing payments"

If you need more advice on cashflow issues, then sign up for a free consultation session with one of our experts. We practice what we preach as our article in the Guardian shows.

 

Making Tax Digital

Making Tax Digital

Under its Making Tax Digital initiative, the Government will require taxpayers with a turnover exceeding £10,000 to maintain digital accounts. The UK tax agency should adopt a light-touch approach to penalizing taxpayers who fail to meet the new digital reporting requirements that will be introduced from 2019, tax experts have said. The Chartered Institute of […]

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