Using Microsoft OneNote for your Small Business

Using Microsoft OneNote for your Small Business

Forget any other applications when organising work for your business – OneNote has it all.   For the past 4 years I have used many note taking apps - I am in no way going to dismiss any of them, as the ones I've used all work very well. I've just recently been looking into streamlining my working processes and the apps I use. Having been a Microsoft 365 small business user for many years I was shocked that I had not yet utilised OneNote for use within my business. So, for the…Read more
Self-Employment and Taxes – Do You Maximise Your Tax Deductions?

Self-Employment and Taxes – Do You Maximise Your Tax Deductions?

Tax deductions? Oh, the joys of HMRC!  It can be a real challenge to understand what is a tax deduction and what is not. Even the most well intentioned people are intimidated and afraid they’re going to make a mistake as there are so many grey areas. So, here’s how to maximise your tax deductions, legally in simplified terms. #1 - Understand the difference between a business expense and a capital expense Business expenses are expenses incurred doing business. They’re usually tax deductible and include things like rent, travel and contractors and employees.…Read more
Getting a firm grip on your Business Finance.

Getting a firm grip on your Business Finance.

Business Finance and Cash Flow must Do's   One, if not the essential element to running a successful small business is business finance and cash flow. I’m often flabbergasted by the number of sole-traders and freelancers who contact me requesting information on my bookkeeping service, who cannot tell me within a few minutes how much money they are owed, and in some cases have no idea what their payment terms are - due to the fact that they haven’t set any! To ensure that your business becomes cash happy and the cash is…Read more
How to get away from work when you are a Freelancer

How to get away from work when you are a Freelancer

Don't forget your life when you are a Freelancer   You are a freelancer, and life is grand! You have the freedom to do things your way, to keep your own hours, to wear whatever you want to work. You no longer have to fight traffic or scratch and sweat your way to the top at the office, you are in control of your own destiny.  You are probably extremely good at what you do and passionate about your work. In the beginning, you are living your dream, but, it doesn't take long…Read more
What Constitutes a Fruitful Task?

What Constitutes a Fruitful Task?

Busy doing nothing? … Fill your day with only your fruitful task list. When people start their own business they often think it’s going to be all money earned and no more Boss, not realising that it’s also going to be a lot of hard work. To produce the money to allow your business to survive and thrive, productive billable work will need to be accomplished, or sellable products will have to be made and sold. In order to do that you need to concentrate on only your fruitful task list. In business…Read more
Why Organisation is Key for Freelancers

Why Organisation is Key for Freelancers

Organisation is Key for Freelancers and those who Support Multiple Clients’ Freelancing is not only lucrative; it can also be a lot of fun. However, it can also be very overwhelming if you aren't keeping your business life in order and this is why organisation is an important key to a successful freelancing life. Without organisation, everything will go badly wrong - Deadlines will be missed, communication with clients will break down, suppliers will be lost, and before you know it, your clients won't be giving you much work. They will simply think…Read more
How to Deal with Freelance Burnout

How to Deal with Freelance Burnout

How to deal with Freelance Burnout Once you get your freelancing business off the ground, things will start going very smoothly. Then, one morning, you will wake up and discover that you find it really difficult to get motivated to do anything which involves your business. Or you also find that you simply cannot stay focused on the job at hand. You may be suffering from freelance burnout. It is quite common, and there are numerous options to get rid of this burnout and lack of motivation. Start by taking a vacation day…Read more
A Freelancers Guide to the Onboarding Process

A Freelancers Guide to the Onboarding Process

It is far more costly to attract and find new clients’ than it is to put time and effort into maintaining them. So why would you want to lose them? Keep your clients’ happy and coming back to you month in, month out with the help of an effective onboarding process. Your onboarding process should begin the moment your potential client makes contact with your business. Utilise an Onboarding Process Checklist Collect all necessary information to allow you both to begin a working relationship. This not only means collecting and storing the basics,…Read more
Freelancing is on the Rise

Freelancing is on the Rise

Freelancing is on the rise... and don't we know it! Every business in today's economic climate needs specialist skills. But, at the same time they don't want or need to hire full time specialist teams. Business owners are looking at freelancers for their knowledge and expertise and that is the major reason why freelancing is on the rise. Skills and experience are the key to business growth, the need for the kudos of corner office with embossed door plaques is gone. Business owners want their business to be successful ~ that's a given.…Read more
A to Z of tasks to Outsource to a Virtual Assistant.

A to Z of tasks to Outsource to a Virtual Assistant.

Don’t hamper your business growth by wasting your resources performing the daily essential non-money making tasks. Outsource. Consider my A to Z of tasks below and add to the list. The first thing you need to do is sit down and make a list of all the things you do in your business on a day to day basis. Track your work for a month to have a good picture of what a day in the life of your business looks like. Then look at the tasks you are performing which take you away…Read more