FAQs on company structure and minimising tax

So you’re setting up a new business or thinking about changing the way your existing business is structured… do you go for the added protection that a limited liability company provides, or do you keep things simple and operate as a sole trader or partnership with fewer tax compliance obligations? Tax expert John Shewan, formerly of Price Waterhouse Cooper, gives advice on structuring your business to minimise tax and meet…  Read more

8 money saving tips for freelancers

While working at home as a freelancer sounds like the ultimate dream for anyone tired of the rat race and daily commute, freelancers still have more than a few financial issues to worry about. Perhaps the most important trait that you should have as a freelancer is the ability to be fully responsible and accountable to yourself, and saving money is something that you should think about on a daily basis! So let’s walk through…  Read more

Inventory in Xero

For those of you that sell physical products, keeping track of inventory has historically been a weak point of the Xero software. Xero have spent some time and energy (and money!) to create an inventory module that will work for most small businesses and organisations. Read more about it and watch the Xero video here. Of course, you may have special requirements that Xero does not cater for. For those situations…  Read more

Payroll in Xero

Xero has introduced payroll functionality into its “standard” and “large” plans. This means that you can now calculate staff pays, PAYE etc and prepare your PAYE returns from within Xero. Find more information on Xero Payroll here. We still like the increased levels of automation from Smartpayroll. We can help with the implementation of either of these options – or else manage your payroll for you. Contact us to discuss…  Read more

Document storage in Xero

We believe that storing a copy of your receipts and invoices electronically in Xero is the best and most efficient way to do the business filing for most organisations. There are many benefits to this – not just that you can do something else with the space where the filing cabinet went! Read more about document storage using Xero Files here. For those organisations who have a lot of invoices or…  Read more

Teleworking – Buzzword or reality?

There have been some articles in the media recently dedicated to the rise of “teleworking”. To me the term already seems out of date as it seems to refer to the use of a telephone (invented around 1876) when today it is much more likely that internet technology will be used. According to Wikipedia, the term telework was coined in 1973, which will explain its old fashioned sound. However the…  Read more

Surprisingly Destructive Habits You Should Avoid as an Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs want to have their hands on every aspect of their start-up. This is understandable, as many entrepreneurs come into their respective industries from a place of passion. Their passion will drive them to spend long nights at the office, working hard every hour of every day. Unknown to them, this kind of attitude can actually lead to some destructive outcomes. You must avoid these habits, despite the allure of…  Read more

9 reasons to switch to cloud computing

Don’t be left up in the air by traditional IT solutions. Check out the top 9 advantages for small businesses switching to cloud computing. Cloud computing is fast becoming the norm because storing information and using software hosted on the Internet has many advantages. 1. Save money Traditionally, a small business spends money licensing software or buying packages to install or download onto individual computers. Cloud computing, on the other…  Read more

Should you lease or buy equipment?

Many small business people wonder whether it’s better for them to buy or lease capital equipment for their businesses. Your options regarding leasing or buying depend upon the nature of your particular business, but there are nevertheless a few guidelines you can follow to help you decide what you should do. If you have the money available, and the item is really necessary to your business, then it will usually…  Read more

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