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7 Top Tips To Save You Time Every Day

It can be hard to keep on top of everything when running a bookkeeping business. You are constantly juggling client work, marketing, invoicing, networking, responding to emails, client meetings…. the list is endless.

Running a business is even harder if you are juggling other responsibilities. You may be caring for children or elderly relatives, dealing with health issues or holding down a job until you can leave to focus solely on your business. As a business owner, your time really is precious …

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How Automated Are You?

Automation is a bit of a hot topic in the bookkeeping world at the moment, but what does it actually mean and what does it mean for your business?

What is automation?

At it’s core, it’s really just systemising how tasks are carried out, often using software to replace some of the human time and effort needed. Many bookkeepers, including me, use it as a way of reducing time spent on data entry so we can focus on client relationships and business growth. For me it’s about using my time wisely and …

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Interview With Emma James

We recently caught up with one of our award winning bookkeeping members, Emma James, and found out a bit about her business and her journey.



Tell us a bit about your practice

On the 1st of September I'll be 2 years old.  It's just me at the moment, but that could change. I mainly work with remote clients.  I have a few on site, but I'm only taking on new remote clients in the future.

I only work with Xero, and I’m focused on very, very small businesses.  I feel that the term SME is too wide so I…

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Five Things We Learned From The Apprentice This Week

While The Apprentice is popular entertainment viewing there are also a few simple business lessons we can learn from each episode.  

Last week we saw each team make and sell doughnuts.  There are a number of key business Tasks at play with in this episode.  Pricing, costs, understanding margins and delivering on promises were all important, and lessons we can learn.

Pricing

£5 doughnuts may seem extravagant, but it shows that market rates are not really as fixed as we lead ourselves to believe.  If…

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Clocks Go Back For HMRC

HMRC have admitted that software and coding glitches mean that some taxpayers may be unable to file their self assessment online for the 2016/17 tax year.  Software developers are struggling to keep up with the increasingly complex tax systems.

Experts say the problems have been caused with the new tax free allowances for Dividends and savings and how these interact with the zero rate savings band.

This has become such a big issue that HMRC has updated it's list of those who can file paper returns…

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At a crossroads: Choosing technology or outsourcing for your practice

Technology is transforming the way that accounting firms do business. The emergence of cloud-based computing, the growth of mobile, and advances in intelligent data management mean that accounting firms have a new set of tools available that can automate and streamline tasks. Industry leaders expect the shift to mobile and cloud-based accounting to not only continue, but to accelerate, and for good reason. The results are in and technology has come up trumps. More than ever, it is essential that…

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