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?
This is another optional step. You can normally obtain basic analytics data directly from your web host. However it's useful to gather your own statistics about how many people are visiting your website. Koko is a great privacy-focused alternative to the market leader, Google Analytics.
Although most web hosts will backup your website for you, it's important to perform your own website backups. This is your 'get out of jail free' card if something goes horribly wrong. The alternative could be starting again from scratch so it's worth doing.
In part 2 of my video series about how to use spreadsheets I showed you some formula examples using absolute formulas ($ dollar sign in formulas). Here's the spreadsheet I used so you can have a play along.
In response to the global Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis iZettle have reduced their Payment Link or ‘Pay-by-Link’ fee from 2.5% to 1.75%, bringing it in line with their normal face-to-face card fee. This is great for businesses who are used to taking face-to-face payments who are rapidly evolving their business model to handle more remote ways of working. In this article I’ll step you through taking remote payments from customers.
The 2020 budget has been long awaited. Delayed due to Brexit shenanigans, scuppered by a general election, complicated by a change of chancellor and then almost entirely wiped out by a global pandemic, this has been a hard one to get across the line. Across the line it is and Rishi Sunak did an admirable job. So what does it all mean for you hard working self employed folk out there? Let’s find out!
The 2020/21 tax year in the UK runs from 6th April 2020 to 5th April 2021. Tax returns for this tax year are generally due by 31st January 2022. Here are some of the most common at-a-glance figures you might find useful for the next tax year.
iZettle is one of a growing number of card payment providers who are taking over from traditional merchant services. Being able to handle credit card transactions can transform a small business – it did for me! Today I’m going to take you through how to use iZettle – from initial set-up to configuration of more advanced features such as barcode scanning.
At the time of writing we’re approaching the start of the 2020’s. Physical cash is dead. Everyone wants to pay by credit card or contactless technologies. It’s more professional and it means you no longer need to be an unpaid credit facility for your customers. Money can circulate around your business faster and this can massively promote growth, especially in the early days of self employment. In this article we’re asking the question, is cash finally dead?
Here's the tax and NI calculator I used on this recent video so that you can play along at home. It's just designed for smaller businesses and doesn't cater for higher tax bands or more complex tax scenarios.