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The Start Up Course

Welcome back to Write Away, the blog for small business owners, freelancers and anybody who is thinking of starting a business and jumping into self-employment. Today I’m giving you a heads up on a free e:mail course, created by Enterprise Nation, a fantastic small business support organisation, whom I’ve blogged about before.
The idea is that, over the course of seven days, you get daily inspiration and direction to assist and support you on your journey into starting up a business.
Day 1 covers your idea and the all-important business plan
Day 2 will delve into the administration associated with setting up a company
Day 3 will tackle how to raise money and managing the money you may have available
Day 4 focuses on building a web presence for your new business
Day 5 looks at marketing your business and generating sales
Day 6 discusses how to become an expert in your field and pitching to the press
Day 7 looks at how to scale up your business

Every new business will encounter each o…
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5 "Must-have" apps for Freelancers

Hey there, and welcome back to Write Away, the blog for small business owners, freelancers and anybody who is thinking of starting a business and jumping into self-employment.
Today we are looking at some tools that can help small business owners with 1001 things on their to do list, and as a freelancer myself, I know from first hand experience, how useful some of these can be.
So, without further ado, lets delve into the list:
1.Evernote Quite simply a fantastic tool for keeping all of your notes, clippings, photos, PDF’s and even audio recordings in one, easily accessible place. You can create separate notebooks if you have different projects, products, customers or even stories to keep track of. It automatically syncs to the cloud when you save anything, allowing you to update or capture information on the go, and access it from a number of devices. The basic (free) version is fantastic, there is also a premium version (obviously!) that gives more storage space and the ability to s…

Overcoming Obstacles and Setbacks

Hello, and welcome back to Write Away, the blog for small business owners, freelancers and anybody who is thinking of jumping into self-employment.
Firstly, to regular readers, apologies it’s been a while – after some time away recovering from an op. we’re back with, what you will hopefully find to be, some valuable tips and resources for anyone in the small business arena.
Today we look at something that anyone who has ever started a business (or eve thought about it) will have come face to face with – obstacles and setbacks.
In a recent article for the “This is Money” website, Richard Reed, one of the founders of successful start-up Innocent Drinks commented, on starting a business: “There are a 1,000 riddles you are trying to work through” These can range from fundamental, game-changing problems such as raising money to get your business off the ground, to smaller, seemingly less important issues such as trading structure or name etc.
But, you can be sure there will be an endless list of…

Funding – Key for Growth?

Hello, and welcome back to Write Away, the blog for small business owners, freelancers and anybody who is thinking of jumping into self-employment.
This time we look at funding for small business, an important area for any business, but it is also a big decision, borrowing money, to try and grow your business to take it to the next level.
There are many businesses who are either lucky enough to generate enough profit, or cash, to not have to worry about raising funds from external sources, but they would be in the minority, particularly amongst new businesses, for whom cash flow can be hand to mouth, and reliant on customers, big and small, paying on time.
For these businesses, they often only have enough cash to cover their outgoings or to invest in further stocks to continue trading, so expansion, for instance investing in new or bigger premises, or purchasing additional vehicles or machinery for the business, is often put on the back-burner, because of a lack of funds.
However, being i…

Read all about it?

Hi there, and welcome back to Write Away, the blog for freelancers, small businesses, start-ups and anyone interested in working for themselves.
This time I wanted to draw your attention to a great business publication that I have come across recently called “BQ” which stands for Business Quarter. The magazine is full of inspiring stories from entrepreneurs who are running successful and growing businesses, and share their experiences, highs and lows, and tips for how they got to where they are today.


The latest edition (pictured above) contains fascinating articles about microbrewery business Brewdog and a great interview with a former contestant on BBC televisions “The Apprentice”.
The magazine has an excellent sister website, the link is shown below, which has some regional content to it as well, and you can sign up to free e:mail newsletters if you so desire.
The website also features a host of content that is very sector specific, so if you are operating in the construction sector o…

Accounting - A Taxing Issue? (Part 2)

Welcome back to Write Away, the blog for small businesses, freelancers, and anyone with a desire to move from paid employment to becoming your own boss.
In my last post, I tackled the issue of appointing an accountant to help you in your small business, and how you might go about this, bearing in mind different businesses have different requirements from their accountant.
This time, I want to look at what you can expect to receive from your accountant, for the hard earned money you will be paying them.

First and foremost, you need to confident that you are complying with current legislation regarding VAT and Taxation and this is the kind of expertise you need from an accountant. This may be in the form of completing your company tax & VAT returns and submitting an annual return, but aside from these mundane requirements, there is so much more important information that an accountant can provide, that you may not have considered.
In business, information can be king, and sometimes it c…

Accounting - A Taxing Issue? (Part 1)

Hi there, it’s great to be back after some time away, thanks for finding your way to Write Away – the blog for small businesses, freelancers, and anyone with a healthy desire to cut loose from paid employment and work for themselves.
In this post we deal with engaging and using an accountant for your small business.

A lot of small business owners start their business armed with a specific set of skills, knowledge or experience. One of self-employments biggest challenges is how to plug a gap in that knowledge in areas you may have never needed to understand or be involved in.
For a large proportion of small business owners and freelancers, the financial management of the business, specifically matters relating to tax and accounting would probably be the area most likely to induce a cold sweat! Unless you are an accountant by trade, why would you need this knowledge anyway!
So now you’re up and running, you need an accountant, right?
Well, yes is the short answer, but you need to ask yoursel…