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App of the Month - MileCatcher

Just over a year ago I was sat in my office filling in my mileage claim in my usual spreadsheet like many sole traders do. Because I hadn't kept up to date with it, there were quite a few weeks that I had to go back over in my diary and check where I had gone in my car relating to my business  - What a drag! Then, in walked one of my suppliers and as usual we chatted about business and what was going well and 'not so well'. I mentioned the dreaded mileage claim I was in the process of doing...

June 6, 2018

The Art of Anti-Procrastination!

That is, how to master the urge to procrastinate that blogging provokes in me.  I've not written a blog for a while and to be honest it has been nagging me ... Why don't I find the time to do it? Why don't I want to do it? When a friend told me about her 'Café Friday' project and said that she was going to commit time each week to writing her book, and that she was going to take her small laptop and sit in a cafe and have coffee and cake at the same time, as motivation, it sounded like a r...

November 21, 2017

Being a sole trader can be a lonely place...........

I've been in business for over 3 years now and have only just found the support and collaboration of other businesses that I am truly benefitting from. When you first start out on the magical journey of being a sole trader your enthusiasm is your main driver, but what happens when you have got part way through the year and you find that you're not earning as much as you were when you were employed, you're still not 100% sure that you are doing the right things in the right space at the right t...

May 23, 2017

What information should be on a Sales Invoice?

I see lots of different sales invoices in my office, some have invoices numbers, some don't; some have a date on, others don't; some have VAT on but no VAT number on them; no wonder people get confused, so what should you include on your Sales Invoices. According to HMRC you should have the following: You must clearly display the word 'Invoice' on the document. You must also include: a unique identification number - (Invoice Number) your company name, address and contact information ...

January 10, 2017

When should I send my Sales Invoices out?

I always used to send my Sales Invoices out at the end of the month, when I had done all the work that needed to be done. However, I found that it didn't really work all that well for cashflow purposes and so I decided I would stagger sending out my invoices and when they became due for payment. Some go out on the 1st of the month, some on the 5th of the month and some on the 15th of the month and as a service provider it works quite well for me. All of my sales invoices are due for payment wit...

December 6, 2016

Fight Club

Every day 7 teenagers and young adults are told they have Cancer! I don't know about you but that is a very scary thought. How many young adults and teenagers do you know? I became involved with the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust back in 2010 going along to their fundraising events, especially the Wine Tastings at Hoults Wine Merchants, an event not to be missed. However, in 2013 when I was made redundant i decided that I would give 1 day a week to the Trust in their offices helping with ...

November 27, 2016

Why I do what I do!

I was born over 50 years ago now, but I can still remember the feelings I had when Dad wasn't home, because he was out working. I would go to bed, with a promise that Dad would come and kiss me good night, but I had usually fallen asleep. I don't blame my Dad for what he did, he did it to give us a better life, because he loved us and as a subcontractor back in the 60's you could work for a week and be out of a job and then onto the next one, he never knew where the work was going to be. My ...

October 29, 2016

VAT numbers - do you know where to find yours?

I recently rang a company for a VAT number because it wasn't on their Sales Invoice and they were a new company to my client, I was transferred to the accounts department and they couldn't find the VAT number and said that they would get back to me as soon as they could and I am still waiting for them to get back to me - just over a week now, so I will have to chase them up again - not a good vibe. Now call me a sceptic, there could be a genuine reason why that VAT number is not on the invoice,...

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