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Self Employed Stories: Alices Cupcakes - The interview

by: Startacus Admin ~ 9th February 2014
Some of you will already know that for 2014 we’ve decided to make an extra special effort to inspire you potential startup business types by introducing a new weekly feature called ‘Self-Employed Stories’.The series is focusing on people who have shown great determination and passion for their business idea in the face of considerable challenges. It’s Week number 2 and to c...
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Self employed stories- Alison's journey from prison to pool-side.

by: Startacus Admin ~ 21st January 2014
As it’s a brand new year, we’ve decided to redouble our efforts to inspire you potential startup business folks by introducing a new weekly feature called ‘Self-Employed Stories’. We’ll focus on people who we feel have shown great determination and passion for their business idea in the face of considerable challenges. It’s Week number 1 and in true Startacus fa...
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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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Tips for Managing your To-Do List

by: Startacus Admin ~ 25th October 2013
We've written lots about the importance of good business planning, time management, and creating to-do lists for your startup or your self employment business venture. However, it’s one thing creating to-do lists, planning or using to-do apps, but it’s another thing entirely keeping on top of your to-do list - especially when it’s changing every single day and at any one point in...
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Self-employed and working alone? Here's some tips for managing your working week

by: Startacus Admin ~ 23rd September 2013
We've talked about the advantages of getting a co-founder, we've talked about the advantages of a career working for a startup - in fact, we’ve talked about lots of stuff about startups full stop. But let’s not forget that lots of self starters, lots of Startacus members, work alone - for themselves and never intend to do anything but work for themselves alone. Call yourself a self s...
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Self Employed? Tips on managing a business when on holiday

by: Startacus Admin ~ 27th June 2013
Self Employed? Tips on managing a business when on holiday... Holiday season is upon us. The kids are off school - the sun is shining and the weather is sweet. Makes you want to move those dancing feet (as I digress!). However as a self employed person (often working alone), the thought of a summer holiday can fill you with dread. We have previously written about the importance of taking a holid...
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Work-Life Balance Tips for the Self Employed

by: Startacus Admin ~ 24th April 2013
If you’re in the midst of starting a business, chances are it’s consuming your every waking thought. It may be great to be doing something that you love, but if it starts to be the only thing that you ever do, that passion may soon wear thin and it’ll all start to become a chore - either that or the other parts of your life will start to suffer. It can be so much easier if you ha...
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Tax Basics for the Self Employed

by: Startacus Admin ~ 14th March 2013
Let me tell you how it will be,There’s one for you, nineteen for me,‘Cause I’m the Taxman,Yeah, I’m the Taxman.Whilst you may not be paying the same amount of taxes as The Beatles once sang about, you’ll still be paying some. Becoming self employed doesn’t unfortunately change that. Want to keep yourself right and the taxman off your back? These tips - Tax Basic...
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Dealing with your Tax Returns online

by: Startacus Admin ~ 4th November 2012
Yes, the deadline for sending your paper Self-Assessment tax return has now passed (31st October) but don’t worry you can still file your tax return online. Steve Girling from itab gives Startacus the lowdown...The deadline for sending your tax return online is 31st January by midnight. Sending your tax return online can be quite straight forward and the advantages are that at least you...
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The importance of taking a Holiday if self employed...

by: Startacus Admin ~ 1st September 2012
We've all been there...Ring true? “I can’t take a holiday, I am self employed!” As tough as it may seem when you have stacks and stacks of work in front of you (or the panic of no work at all!), taking a holiday is a fundamental self management issue (albeit a really hard trick to perform!).However with a postive mentality in mind, Startacus explores the advantages of taking a ho...
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