Being able to accept credit cards is essential for any modern business. Cash is dead and moving with the times can transform a small business – it did for me! Today I’m going to take you through how to use Zettle – from initial set-up to configuration of more advanced features such as barcode scanning and more.
As a small business owner one of the first things you need to sort out is a bank account. With Tide this couldn’t be easier. You can have an account up and running in under 5 minutes. But accounts such as this aren’t for everyone. Let’s have a look at some of the pros and cons of a Tide account. Who is it for and who isn’t it for? Is Tide even a bank account?
If there’s one thing that the Covid pandemic has highlighted it’s that we’re far from ready for an ‘all online’ approach to running our daily lives. We’ve entered the weirdest phase so far in our juvenile approach to handling sensitive customer data. We’re now positively encouraging people to send personal information via 3rd party public forums, such as Twitter or Facebook. This would be fine if it wasn’t for two things: a) it’s a 3rd party and b) it’s a public forum. Not only is this a terrible approach to customer service but it’s also dangerous and massively short sighted. Is it time to stop using Twitter as a free CRM platform?
I’m a big fan of challenger banks in the UK. The big players have caused enough problems over the years and competition is always a good thing. Today, by popular demand, I’m taking a look at Starling Bank. Is this the final nail in the coffin for traditional high street banking?
Yes folks, here we are again. We have a 3rd and 4th lockdown grant. The government have announced the UK will be in lockdown from the 5th Nov to 2nd Dec 2020. This will be devastating for a lot of small businesses who were just getting back on their feet. The good news is there’s more money available through the self employment income support scheme grant. The bad news is they will only cover 55% of your profits at best versus 80% for furloughed employees. Oh, and a lot of businesses won’t qualify for them at all. Are self employed folk really 30% less important than employees? Let’s take a look at how it all works.
Here's the spreadsheet I used for the Profit Explanation video. It's what I use to work out the difference between Gross Profit, Net Profit, EBITDA etc.
Do you sell digital products such as downloadable software or electronic training courses? Welcome to a whole new world of EU VAT regulation that I can almost guarantee you didn’t know about. That’s right folks – forget about your £85,000 VAT registration threshold. For digital products and services the EU have reduced this… by a factor of 10! Welcome to the VAT MOSS mess.
Want people to actually visit your website? You’ll need to make your website search engine friendly. This whole process is known as Search Engine Optimisation or SEO. In this article I’ll show you how to use Yoast SEO.
Every WordPress website in the world can be accessed via the wp-login admin page. If you want to add an extra layer of security you can rename that page. How do you do that? Using a plugin!
Need a contact form for your WordPress website? WPForms is one of the most popular free contact forms available. In this article I’ll show you how I normally configure it.