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What you need to know about VAT

by: Startacus Admin ~ 21st April 2014
VAT can be very frightening for anyone who runs their own small business, especially if you’re already VATstruggling with paperwork and wondering what you should be telling the taxman. So what is VAT, does it affect you, and - if so - how do you register for it? Emily Coltman FCA, Chief Accountant to FreeAgent - which provides an award-winning online accounting system for small businesses a...
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Some handy Startup Funding Tips

by: Startacus Admin ~ 11th April 2014
Contributed by the Founder of Start Up Academy and signed up Startacus member Safi Anick "Great ideas and powerful implementation plans are just some common forms of amazingness that comes with the label of ‘entrepreneur’. But like acquiring most things in life, starting a new business requires a hefty stack of cold, hard cash. Once upon a time, one would have to await a calling ...
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How to start a taxi business- Part Two

by: Startacus Admin ~ 31st March 2014
Reckon that you could really go places with your very own business? Then it could be the right time to get your dream moving by setting up your very own taxi firm. A few weeks ago we brought you the first in this 2 part series looking at some of the details you’d need to consider when starting your own taxi firm. To recap, here are some of the things that were put under the Startacus micros...
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The Budget – an open or shut case?

by: Startacus Admin ~ 21st March 2014
The Budget – an open or shut case? Emily Coltman FCA, Chief Accountant to FreeAgent, which provides the UK’s market-leading online accounting system for freelancers and small businesses, reflects for Startacus on whether Britain is really “open for business” as George Osborne affirmed in his Budget earlier this week.  Here she highlights a few key points... Annual In...
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How to start a part-time business- Week 2 - Approaching the launch

by: Startacus Admin ~ 12th February 2014
Here at Startacus, we don't discriminate based on size…whether your plan is to start your own multi-national corporation or a little cottage industry we are here to give you a little hand along the way! In aid of this we have just begun a fab new weekly series of posts which provides lots of the important info and advice you will need through the journey of starting up a part-time business...
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Financial news round-up for Small Business

by: Startacus Admin ~ 1st February 2014
Welcome to the Startacus monthly financial news round-up, brought to you by Sophie Turton of Crunch Accounting, which explores the most important financial news for small businesses - already 2014 seems high-geared to be a year of growth for startups and SMEs.The global economy is on the up The world bank has happy projections for 2014. Its newly released Global Economic Prospects (GEP) report ha...
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Startup of the Week - Crowdsurfer

by: Startacus Admin ~ 15th January 2014
If you’ve been considering using the power of the ‘crowd’ to help finance your business, you’ll have perhaps been a tad confused at the sheer amount of places and platforms that you could potentially use.However, thanks to our latest Startup of the Week, identifying which crowd or peer-to-peer finance option would be best for you and your business has become a whole lot eas...
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How to start a sweetshop

by: Startacus Admin ~ 15th January 2014
How to start a sweetshop... First off we should say that starting a sweetshop is something we would never be able to do given our fundamental lack of willpower when it comes to food of the sugary variety.  If, like us, you would be in danger of consuming any profits which came in the door you may wish to consider some of the following alternative articles; how to start a bookshop, how to star...
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Get ready now for your first year of Self Assessment filing

by: Startacus Admin ~ 13th January 2014
Did you become self-employed between 6th April 2012 and 5th April 2013? If you did, then this could be the first year you’ll have to file a self assessment tax return - and it must be with HMRC by 31st January 2014. Emily Coltman FCA, Chief Accountant to FreeAgent - which provides an award-winning online accounting system for small businesses and freelancers - gives her top tips for how you...
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How to have a tax-free Christmas

by: Startacus Admin ~ 4th December 2013
Those kind folk over at Crunch Accountancy are spreading the festive cheer, with a timely post on what tax exemptions startups & freelancers are entitled to for a Christmas Party! Over to Crunch to explain:Shameful flirting under the mistletoe, unusual amounts of merriment, and a sore head the next day can only mean one thing at this time of year – the work Christmas party! You might be...
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