We are approaching the end of the tax year 2022/23 and it would be helpful at this point to summarise the top tax-saving tips and related action points solopreneurs need to consider before 5th April 2023 as well as to prepare to implement best tax-saving practices for the next tax year 2023/24. So, before you get to the end of the month, make sure you do the following: If your… Read More »Top tax-saving tips for solopreneurs
The rising cost of living and high energy bills may mean that you are struggling to pay your January self-assessment tax bill. However, you may be able to set up a Time to Pay Arrangement which will allow you to pay what you owe in instalments. KEY DATES You must file your 2021/22 self-assessment tax return by midnight on 31 January 2023, and pay any remaining tax owing for 2021/22… Read More »Explaining Time to Pay arrangements
By David Sax (partial reprint from ‘The Entrepreneurs’, issue 4, 2021) “The business that knows its place as a part of the neighbourhood will be rewarded by the custom of the community. A year into the pandemic, the toll in the businesses in the neighbourhood community is obvious. Many shopfronts remain empty, their windows boarded up or plastered with a brown butcher paper that has become a sad sight in… Read More »Making your presence felt
I must say, I am just going to express my personal opinion here. And, it is going to be completely different to what everybody else is saying, which is: “You don’t need a cloud bookkeeping software to keep your records in order.” I will explain. About four years ago, when we all – business owners and accountants alike – were anxiously anticipating a roll out of the Making Tax Digital… Read More »Should I use cloud bookkeeping software?
Many small business owners who have managed to accumulate a reasonable amount of cash in their company’s reserves ponder this question: “Should I use this money to buy an investment property?” and “… if I do this, should I take the money out and buy a property on my name or through the company?” Since quite a few of my existing clients-solopreneurs are in the described situation, I thought it… Read More »Buying a property using your company’s reserves
There are many people out there who have been entertaining for years the idea of running their own businesses or starting freelancing. Understandably, the possibility of being in charge of our time and making own decisions seems very attractive to most of us. If you have recently lost your job due to the pandemic-induced economic crises, you might find yourself thinking about starting a business and developing your own brand… Read More »How to transition from Employee to Entrepreneur
While Brexit has introduced some uncertainty, the United Kingdom remains an attractive place to start a business. Running your business through a limited company is one of the most tax efficient ways to do that. It involves more administrative work than being a sole trader, but this is offset by the benefit of not putting your personal assets at risk in case the business fails. Below is a summary of… Read More »How to start a limited company
One of the most common questions asked by solopreneurs / small business owners is: “Should I be self-employed or incorporate as a limited company? It is often the case that a freelancer / sole trader starts a business and the business grows such that the matter of incorporation needs to be considered. Although the decision to incorporate should be for commercial reasons rather than tax savings, any tax savings that… Read More »Should I incorporate my small business?
(Image: Sencathea is feeding infant Plutus (God of Wealth) from horn of plenty, Rome, Brooklyn Museum.) A famous German philosopher and political economist Max Weber once said: “Man exists for the sake of his business, instead of the reverse.” Where do your stand with regard to this claim? I am reading an interesting book by Jacob Needleman called “Money and The Meaning of Life”. I find it very rich and… Read More »What is your relationship with money?
The most recent developments in our collective life have shown that no one’s position is invulnerable to falls and unforeseen changes. Many people have been made redundant in the face of large and small businesses losing ground under their feet and being forced to let their workforce go. You may be left questioning the very foundations of how you have been living and supporting your livelihood for years. Such critical… Read More »Are you an entrepreneur at heart?