Posts tagged business
Making Tax Digital: What You Need To Know

Gone are the days of keeping track of your incomings and outgoings by paper, and storing six years worth of receipts in a shoebox to hand to your accountant.
If you hadn’t guessed by now, there is nothing we love more than apps and software that streamlines our processes, and makes the day to day life of accountancy that ~ little ~ bit easier!

In the new world of cloud accountancy, challenger banks and revolutionary apps, the accountancy world has gone digital, and with this comes the introduction of Making Tax Digital.

You may have heard of the Government’s new legislation, Making Tax Digital, but you may not know what this means for your business.

That’s why we’re here with our guide to Making Tax Digital for VAT; a 101 if you will.

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How To Use KPIs For Business Growth

You probably know by now that we are not your typical accountants.

We wanted to step away from the ‘stereotypical’ accountancy firm, and one of the ways we’ve set ourselves apart is by truly believing in our clients, genuinely wanting them to grow and flourish.

So we became experts in business growth.

Experts in expanding your business into new locations, knowing when is the best time to hire, and placing a focus on setting and achieving your goals. You know how we speak at length about goals.

When it comes down to it, much of business growth is driven by setting and achieving goals, and one of the ways we do this is by using KPIs.

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What Does A Beautiful Sales Process Look Like?

I really don’t get it. I have not come across the stereotypical sales process in a while.

You know the kind, the 'icky', in-genuine approach.

But recently I have been subjected to a whole load of insincere, read-off-a-sheet type selling.
I have had brash emails.

Odd calls.

My position in the business questioned.

Look I get it, I know that everyone has sales quotas and targets and it is a fundamental part of a successful business, but I instantly clam up when people go into hardcore selling mode.

I believe in beautiful business. The idea that the service or product is designed to HELP the end user, aka the client or customer. Not just to match a sales target.

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A How To: The Differences Between Sole Trader, Limited and Partnerships

Whether you’re setting up a side-hustle or a full-time business, one of the first things you will need to decide on is which type of business you’re forming.

There are many different forms of businesses that you could set up, but the three types we see most commonly are Sole Trader, Limited Companies and Partnerships.

Certain factors will help make the decision about which type of business you should form, including what the nature of your business is, where you work, whether there will be one or more directors, and whether you plan on hiring people to help you in the future.

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A How To: How and When to Register for PAYE

Being a first-time employer can be a daunting prospect at first. All the responsibility for someone else’s pay at the end of each month, outsourcing tasks or entrusting processes to people that you used to take care of yourself. The HR, legal and taxes side of things are just the tip of the iceberg.

However, at the very same time, it’s a sign of your growth, progress and the chance for your business to take the next step.

This article will focus on making sure you are compliant with HMRC, that you are keeping your payroll records together and what you need to provide to stay compliant.

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Mindset Shifts To Be More Successful In Business

They say that only 5% of startups make it to year 5. Now while there may be many factors the attribute to this, and there are many things that can affect this, I can’t quite shake the idea that a large amount of this comes down to the belief system that those 5% have.

I mean, think about it. How many people go into business unsure as to whether they will succeed? What effect do you think this has on the business? If every decision that is made is done so with a level of doubt.

In this post, we want to share with you some new beliefs, some new ways of thinking about business. These beliefs will help you in all areas of your life. So if you are ready for a new perspective, then keep on reading.

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The Most Talked About Money Apps: From A Non-Accountant

For those of you who may know me, you’ll know that I’m not an accountant.

While trying to save money for a deposit, repaying student loans, and focusing on daily spending, it can be hard to keep track of where your money’s going. Money management is essential, and there are so many smart money apps on the market to help you.

So we thought it would be fun to share our favourite money apps with you, from a non-accountants point of view.

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What the VAT? The UK and The USA

Dealing with the USA when it comes to VAT starts to get difficult as the federal tax system does not compare to the UK’s VAT.

We go through the main scenarios you might come across when trading with the US, and what you should be doing.

Concerning the UK, for clarity, this is for England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man for VAT purposes. The Channel Islands are not included.

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Is It Time To Revisit Your Beautiful Business Plan?

So do you remember that beautiful business plan that you spent hours creating? Where is it now?

When we start a new venture, we begin with a plan, more formally known as a business plan.
But what is the real purpose of that business plan? Well, if you are going corporate style, it will be most likely to secure investors. But if you are going it solo, one of the most fundamental purposes for a business plan is to serve you, the Founder.

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How To Overcome Your Fear In Business

We get it; business is scary. There is so much to think about it. From clients to employees, even your email can be a daunting place.

The fear that you are feeling is something you have learnt. You have learnt this fear. You were not born with it.

In this post, we are going to look at some of the most common fears in business, and we are going to give you another option. An alternative way of thinking.

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10 Places You Need To Discover In Winchester

Chloe and I recently spent half a day wandering around Winchester City, exploring through the streets and discovering new places we’ve never come across.

Having lived in small towns around Winchester and both having studied in Winchester’s colleges and universities, it’s a place we’ve both come to know and love for so many reasons.

Winchester is the home of so many of the small businesses we love and support. So today, we thought we would share with you some of our favourite places in Winchester…

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8 Things You Need To Know When You Date An Entrepreneur

So if you are reading this, there is a good chance that you are in a relationship with an entrepreneur or you are an entrepreneur. Or maybe both!

After getting many a looks of judgement while on the phone at lunch, we thought we would write this fun guide of 'how to date an entrepreneur'. It is meant to be a light-hearted post with an element of truth...

In this post, we are going to dive into the things you can expect when you are in a relationship with an entrepreneur.

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Remote Working: Essentials You Need For a Great Day

One of the many things that make us different to your typical accountants is that we’re a 100% cloud-based, remote working accountancy firm. As a member of the Cone Squad, I love the freedom and flexibility that comes with remote working.

If you follow us over on the ‘gram, you’ve probably noticed that from time to time, we’re posting our #WorkFromWherever locations on stories.

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How To Combat The Loneliness Of Being An Entrepreneur

If you have been an entrepreneur for a while, then you will undoubtedly have felt lonely at some point, especially if your loved ones and friends are not entrepreneurs.

This loneliness tends to set in just before you have a team. When you are just starting your business, and everything depends on you. When you have a team, the loneliness can subside as you have more people involved in your vision.

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How To Sell Your Service In a Beautifully Authentic Way

‘Selling’ is natural to us as human beings. Think about it. When you see a good movie or use a new product that changes your life, what do you do…?

You share. You tell other people. You talk about the problem that you have and how you overcame that problem with said product or service.

You tell them about it because you feel it will add value to their life.

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The Cone Workation: From A Team Point Of View

In this second instalment of our three-part blog series based on our recent workation in Barcelona, we’re exploring the #ConeSquadWorkation from a team point of view.

The workation was a first experience for each one of us, and it was truly an experience to remember. It gave us the opportunity to bond as a team, be a part of Cone’s future growth, experience remote working abroad, as well as learning and growing both as individuals and as a team.

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Apps for Travel

Whether you travel for work or whether you are a remote worker or a digital nomad. When travel and work come together, it can be a beautiful lifestyle or a mess. It really does come down to organisation.  

You know that we love anything that streamlines processes or makes life easier.

So we wanted to share with you our favourite apps that have helped us through remote working, workations and many more travel and work-related adventures…

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The Top 5 Questions You Need To Ask Yourself When Creating a Brand Story

Creating a brand story. What does that mean to you?

Creating a brand story is so, so much more than colours and fonts.

However, creating a brand story is not that complex, it is simply telling a story. Painting a picture of your brand, your purpose and your values. It is not really about what you do, more why you do it.

It is all the things that make up your brand.

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