What is IR35 and how can I prepare?

Natalie Sieberichs Uncategorized

Full article with thanks to https://www.starlingbank.com/blog/what-is-ir35-and-how-to-prepare/ Please be aware that on the 17th March, the government announced that IR35 tax reforms will be delayed for one year, due to the huge challenges faced by businesses at the moment. The measures will now come into effect on the 6th April 2021. If you’re a freelance contractor providing your services through a Personal Services Company (PSC), you need to know about a tax regulation called IR35. The new rule, which kicks in on 6 April, ensures that private sector clients will determine the tax status of their contractors, rather than the contractor setting it themselves. The aim is to bring the private sector into line with the public sector. It is likely to be the biggest change to how certain SMEs, agencies and contractors get paid and pay their tax in 2020. Following concerns from some contractors on implementation, the government has …

How Do I Bring More Mindfulness Into My Life?

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Full article with thanks to https://www.mindful.org/how-do-i-bring-more-mindfulness-into-my-life/ A simple guide to be mindful throughout the day—whether you’re washing the dishes, eating a snack, or sitting down to meditate. Have you ever started eating an ice cream cone, taken a lick or two, then noticed all you had was a sticky napkin in your hand? Or been going somewhere and arrived at your destination only to realize you haven’t noticed anything or anyone you met along the way? Of course you have! These are common examples of “mindlessness,” or as some people put it, “going on automatic pilot.” Which may lead you to wonder—how can I bring more mindfulness into my everyday life? We all fall into habits of mind and body, of attention and inattention, which result in our not being present for our own lives. The consequences of this inattention can be quite costly. They can result in our missing some really good things, …

What are user journeys?

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Full article with thanks to https://www.experienceux.co.uk/faqs/what-are-user-journeys/ A user journey is a path a user may take to reach their goal when using a particular website. User journeys are used in designing websites to identify the different ways to enable the user to achieve their goal as quickly and easily as possible. User journeys map out every step to reach a goal User journeys are the step by step journey that a user takes to reach their goal. This journey will often consist of a number of website pages and decision points that carry the user from one step to another. The user journey is used to map out the current journey a typical user might take to reach their goal. This journey is then redesigned to form an ‘ideal’ user journey free from frustration. The output is traditionally a flow diagram demonstrating each page and decision point throughout the entire …

Limited Company or self-employed: what is the difference?

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Full article with thanks to https://www.loudandclearaccounting.co.uk/blog/post/8092/Limited-Company-or-self-employedwhat-is-the-difference/ What is the difference between trading through a Limited Company or deciding to be self-employed? Are they taxed the same? Can you only be VAT registered if you have a Limited Company? If you trade through a Limited Company, can you avoid the payment on account? You may have a lot of questions when you decide to start on your freelance journey; that’s only natural. So here is a quick run through of the questions I am typically asked, which I hope will help you. When will I need to register? If you decide to trade through a Limited Company, you will need to create the Limited Company before you are able to do anything. This is because a Limited Company is a separate legal entity to yourself (this is the reason why your house will be safe if things go pear shaped) so …

Intellectual property law for small businesses in the UK

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Full article with thanks to https://www.simplybusiness.co.uk/knowledge/articles/2018/09/intellectual-property-law-for-small-businesses/ The entrepreneurs who enter Dragons’ Den often lose points when asked if they’ve secured their intellectual property, or IP. But what is IP? Businesses take reasonable steps to protect fixed assets, like their stock and equipment. But intangible assets can be more difficult to secure. Intellectual property (IP) is an intangible asset. Your IP isn’t physical in nature, but patents, trade marks and copyrights can all add value to your business. What is IP? Your IP is something unique that you create. Ideas don’t count as IP under UK law, but things that result from an idea do. This could be a new invention, the name of your product, your brand, your services, or even how your products look. But whenever businesses introduce something to the world, there’s a risk they might be copied. This risk is amplified by the internet, which makes it …

How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile if You’re Self-Employed

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Full article with thanks to https://www.mbopartners.com/blog/how-market-small-business/linkedin-for-consultants-optimizing-your-profile/   LinkedIn is an effective social networking platform to display expertise, build connections, and promote your services. Your profile sets the stage for your first contact with potential new clients, displaying your work history, client recommendations, and skillset. Because the profile template is geared towards a more traditional employment background, it can be tricky to figure out how to best present yourself as an small business owner. Establish a credible web presence and help your business thrive by following these tips to optimize your profile. Headline: Sell Your Services The Headline section is a short caption that appears below your name and is the first thing people will see in search results, group discussions, and in their home feed. The Headline automatically defaults to your current title, but editing it to include keywords and a short descriptor of your services will make it much more effective …

How To Make A Vision Board That Works

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Full article with thanks to https://www.lifehack.org/292677/how-creating-vision-board-will-empower-you-manifest-your-dream-life When you start talking about goals, one method that comes up in some conversations is vision boards. It’s a method that thrown around in network marketing groups, and many people stand behind this method. Vision boards can be fascinating. However, while there is a lot of support for it, there’s also a lot against organizing ideas in this way. Either way, this divide is a blessing. Because of the varying opinions on the topic, we can uncover how to make a vision board properly. We can explore why many often fail and the various drawbacks, and how you can make a vision board properly to achieve your goals and visions. Why Do Vision Boards Fail? Before you learn how to make a vision board, it’s important to cover why many fail in this area. After all, this method is talked about a lot, and …

12 Tips for Staying Positive in Sales — No Matter What

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Full article with thanks to https://blog.hubspot.com/sales/stay-positive-in-sales Succeeding in sales is 95-percent mental. If you don’t think you can succeed or land a deal, you will ultimately be right. But if you can remain positive you have a huge competitive advantage. In this decade, sales is a very challenging profession. The way businesses sell is constantly changing, and many sales reps are facing impossible deadlines, strict accountability, dozens of curveballs with each deal, and pipeline scrutiny from all sides. But there is a secret weapon — positivity. A positive outlook is essential for every sales performer and is one of the keys to my personal success. Wondering how you can you be positive when you and your team are at 48-percent to the plan with two days left in the month? Or when you have to hit a high goal without any marketing support? Or when the deal you promised your …

How to request a testimonial/recommendation from your clients.

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Full article with thanks to https://blog.hubspot.com/service/testimonial-request-template Your best sales rep doesn’t work for your company anymore. In fact, your company’s most convincing sales pitch might be thanks to your loyal customers. Customers trust traditional business communication — like marketing, advertising, and sales — less than ever before. Today, you need word-of-mouth recommendations and reviews from your customers to convince someone new to win you the sale. To do that, you need lots of glowing reviews and testimonials to do the work for you. More than half of the customers we surveyed said they trust word-of-mouth recommendations and customer reviews the post when purchasing business software, so suffice it to say, these are important initiatives to ask your customers to help you with. To get you started, read our best practices for asking for a customer testimonial below — along with some tried-and-true email templates you can use no matter what relationship you have …