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What is GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)?

What is GDPR?

What is it? The General Data Protection Regulations 2018 (“GDPR”) is EU legislation set to apply in the UK from 25th May 2018.  It replaces the current Data Protection Act (“DPA”) and is designed to unify the regulation of personal data across Europe. The government has confirmed that Brexit will have no impact on its …read more

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How to get a mortgage as a contractor?

Contracting can be a great idea; you can choose when and where you work, enjoy a flexible lifestyle and can switch between contracts to suit your needs. However, when it comes to getting a mortgage, the very idea of flexibility and potential lack of structure will mean many mortgage companies won’t even entertain you, irrespective …read more

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How to chase unpaid invoices

How to get paid!

A healthy cash flow is essential for a business to survive.  Failing to get paid quickly and regularly for work done for a customer can result in serious cash flow issues and ultimately will affect your long term prospects. Following on from our credit control basics guide earlier in the month, here are some handy …read more

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How to make your social media profile “work” for your business?

Last week, I watched a great a Facebook video by Guy Kawasaki. In it he says: “ Your (social media) profile is a window to your soul ”. Meaning, the way we post, share and react on social media, hints on our opinions, way of living and professional status. Our social profiles project inwards and …read more

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Business expenses – what can be claimed

What expenses can be claimed?

The question most often asked by clients is “what expenses can I claim?”.  However, the response isn’t as simple as you would imagine. What business expenses are allowable? – the golden rule All trading expenses must have been incurred “wholly and exclusively” for the purpose of the business. This means that costs must be incurred …read more

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A guide to credit control: the basics

Credit control process

Credit control shouldn’t just be restricted to bigger businesses.  In fact, the process of agreeing, monitoring and collecting money should be part of day to day life of every business. Working for yourself brings many challenges, struggles and time is ever scarce.  However, keeping an eye on your finances, especially cash flow can make or …read more

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What happens once you’ve signed up?

What happens after signing up with Clever Accounts

When you sign up with Clever Accounts, one of our accountants will be in contact with you. Our aim is to ensure that the process is straight forward and to make you comfortable with how you are going to run your business. The key topics we aid with are: • Forming the Company • Registering …read more

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What’s happening with the flat rate VAT scheme?

VAT Flat Rate Scheme changes

Traditionally, contractors have always benefited from registering on the flat rate scheme. This is because VAT would be collected on a sales invoice at 20% but a lower percentage paid to HMRC.  It resulted in most contractors earning a little extra just by being registered for VAT. For example, on a £1,000 sales invoice, an …read more

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SEO Quick Wins – a beginners infographic guide

Search Engine Optimisation can be quite a daunting task sometimes. Its constantly evolving nature requires some advanced technical skills and in many cases, you will not notice an immediate growth in traffic or some ranking improvement of your website pages. There are however, a few relatively easy tweaks you could implement to start moving up on …read more

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How to form a Limited Company

Registering a new limited company

You’ve made the decision to go down the contracting route, handed in your notice and made the decision that a limited company is the right option for you.  What do you do now? The next step is to register a company and start setting up your business so that, in the event a contract requires …read more

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