What is your business exit plan?

When I was about to set up one of my first limited companies, back in 2002, a good friend said to me “Andy, always have a business exit plan!”. I had no idea what he was talking about and brushed the whole idea under the carpet for a while. Little did I know at the time, this was the best single piece of business advice I’ve ever been given.

Know your numbers! Cash flow forecast template for the UK

By using a cash flow forecast template you can work out if your UK small business idea has legs. We’ve had a lot of small business ideas over the years. Some have been good, some have been bad. Knowing when to walk away is key to developing a successful small business. It’s absolutely essential that you do your homework and know your numbers! One way of doing this is by using a cash flow forecast. So let’s take a deep dive in to this.

Advantages of a limited company

So you’ve set up in business, you’re making money and everything is good. But have you thought about having your own limited company? There are several advantages of a limited company and in this article we’ll chat about some of the basics.

A Very Simple History of Brexit in the UK

I’m not going to get in to the politics of Brexit – far too busy for that. Like it or not though this is history in the making and it’s very likely to have an impact on your small business. I thought it would be interesting to put together a consolidated timeline of events. An impartial version of the story of Brexit… so far.

Self employment lockdown grants extended… again!

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.

Budget 2020 – What does it mean for the self employed?

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!

Is cash dead? …what about cash-in-hand work?

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?

Setting SMART Objectives – My January Business Routine

I’m often asked how I have the time to run more than once business. The answer is – I’m organised! If I wasn’t organised there’s no way on earth I’d get everything done that I want to get done. Today I’m going to explain my start of year routine and we’ll have a little chat about SMART objectives.

Dealing with illness when you’re Self Employed

We’ve all been there, you feel ill and not very productive. You want to know if you should forge on or just give up for the day. Dealing with illness when you’re self employed is a challenge for any business. Taking time off results in not making any money. So, how do you make the best use of your time when you’re under the weather?