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Don't take no for an answer

8th May 2018

Any small business owner will tell you that getting to a sale is tough. Interest is relatively easy to generate but actually getting someone to say "Yes" is the tricky part. Recent research has suggested that 73% of customers say “No” at least five times before they will actually buy from you. Make sure you don't give up too soon!

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Are you a supplier? Or an employee?

22nd May 2018

There is a 'murky grey area' in the world of business, when you sub-contract a part of your business to someone who is self-employed. Depending on how much they behave like an employee may determine whether you need to run payroll for them.

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Standing Out from the Crowd

7th June 2018

As a small business, cashflow is king. As you grow, getting enough income to cover the costs of expansion is vital, and that means more sales. So what can you do to increase sales without having to cut your prices (and therefore your income) to beat the competition?

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Be your own boss

19th July 2018

15% of the UK population is self-employed and many others dream of being their own boss. This four-part blog series will take you through the main 'get-rights' for starting your own business

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Be your own boss - part 2

1st August 2018

For most new businesses, Tax can seem like a confusing maze of different things to remember. There are a range of considerations for what tax you pay and when, many of which will be new to you if you have always been employed before.

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Be your own boss - part 3

14th August 2018

Your business has been set up, so now we come to the actual business of being in business. This is where we have an exciting opportunity to plan, implement and grow your idea.

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Be your own boss - part 4

28th August 2018

Starting your own business can be exciting and rewarding even if there is a lot to organise. In this, the final part of this short series, we bring everything together.

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Give a man a fish....

12th September 2018

A while ago, small business owners were surveyed and asked what they most wanted from their accountant. The most commonly used word was ‘proactive.’
Not long after this, every accountant’s website started describing themselves as proactive, knowing it was what their target audience wanted to see. But that’s just the copy on the website. What should you expect from your accountant, over and above the basics, for them to deserve to describe themselves as proactive?

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The Lucky 7s of Goal Setting

6th November 2018

Whether you are an established company or a start-up, setting both long- and short-term goals gives your business a clear vision for you, your colleagues and your accountant.

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The Lucky 7s - Talking to your team

5th December 2018

Setting goals yourself as the business owner is the best way to gain focus on your vision. Involving the people who are doing the work on a day-to-day basis not only gives you a working knowledge of whether your goals are realistic, but it can also mean that your team feel they have an important role to play in your business.

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Are you taking care of your customers?

15th January 2019

Taking care of the relationship you have with your clients is the first step in encouraging your business to thrive.
You might know all about what you are selling, but are you paying attention to who are you selling to?

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Do you find it all a bit taxing?

29th January 2019

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
Yet, in all the uncertainty of running a business, the most certain aspect of it, taxation, often gets ignored, forgotten, or left to the last minute.

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Are you taking care of the numbers?

12th February 2019

Owning a business can be slog, but it can also be joyful. Seeing money coming in is one of the rewards of your hard work. But it’s not only about the 'cash in the bank' column in a ledger. Taking care of your numbers means having a reliable book keeping system to record all your financial transactions.

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Are you getting the bills paid?

26th February 2019

Managing your payment process, from invoicing to getting paid, ensures you have cash in the bank. Here are some steps for a simple process to help you ensure that you are paid in full and on time.

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Dealing with Uncertainty

9th April 2019

The only thing that is certain is that every business faces uncertainty!
The real challenge with uncertainty is to not throw in the towel at the first hurdle, and keep on going and believing in your business, even when you can’t see the immediate way ahead.

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Putting systems and processes in place so you can grow

23rd April 2019

When you decided to start out in business, did you dream of what it would be like to be your own boss?
You eagerly get your business underway and then one day reality hits! There is a LOT of work to do.
So, put the systems in place that allow you to delegate.

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Leading People Through Change

7th May 2019

If you want to grow your business, you need to ensure that your team are on board and ready, willing and able to grow with you. But none of us like being told what to do - so how do you get support from your team as you grow?

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The Four Grand Challenges for Business

4th June 2019

BEIS has launched a policy paper about the ‘Four Grand Challenges’ to secure a prosperous future for Britain. As a growing business, there is action you can take now to be read when these challenges come - and put yourself ahead of the competition today.

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Leading in changes to the future of mobility

2nd July 2019

Everything we do today revolves around the idea of work locations. We 'go to work' - in an office, a shop, a factory.... But technology and the needs of business have moved on. There is massive potential for small businesses to break the mould as they grow and to really make the most of work mobility.

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Meeting the challenges of our ageing society

16th July 2019

Modern healthcare is amazing - we are living longer and, for many, we don't feel the aging effect in the same way as our grandparents. In the media, it is most common to consider the social 'problems' of ageing but, are you considering the impact on your business of this increasingly mature market?

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Driving ahead the revolution in clean growth

30th July 2019

The environmental agenda creates a curious dichotomy in the business world. As individuals we, of course, care about the future of the planet and the legacy we are leaving our children. As business owners, there is already so much to do so how can we be sure that ‘going green’ doesn't slip down the priority list.

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Are You A Responsible Business Owner?

13th August 2019

A small business is a passion and a joy - we live and breathe it and, more often than not, it occupies our minds long after the working day is over.

Running the business isn’t just in our thoughts, either. We work long hours - often 7 days a week - and the hours we work are far longer than if we’d been an employee - and far far less money much of the time.
There are some practical considerations that need addressing, as you give yourself to your business.

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What if..?

10th September 2019

Have you ever played a game of ‘What if..?’
What if I won £20m? What if the TARDIS was real?
Harmless, innocent fun – and something to while away a summer afternoon in a beer garden.But have you also given proper thought to What if..? within your business?

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Are you living the life of your dreams?

24th September 2019

One of the joys of owning your own business is that you love what you do. You started the business because you are passionate about it. You give it everything you’ve got. But do you want to be doing it for the rest of your life?

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Whatever the outcome you can be ready for Brexit

23rd October 2019

Whatever the outcome of the next few days, weeks and months - whether we leave the EU on 31 October or there is a further delay - the impact of Brexit on small business owners has been significant and is likely to continue.
Take a look at our handy checklist to be sure you are ready for anything.

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Is the Electric Car the future of company cars?

5th November 2019

There is no doubt that Electric cars are growing in popularity.
The appeal of zero emissions, zero road tax and a quieter driving experience plus improved technology all make low emission cars a viable option as a company car.

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Things every business needs to know

3rd December 2019

Keeping on top of everything as a small business can feel a bit like a game of ‘whack-a-mole’ sometimes. Just as you feel you’ve got on top of one topic, up pops another one that needs attention.
We feel it too, here at Grant-Jones Accountancy and that was what prompted me to write a series of blogs on things every business needs to know.

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Budgeting in an uncertain time

17th December 2019

When it comes to working to a budget, things don’t always go exactly to plan! There are so many variables involved that it’s nigh on impossible to predict everything, and in particular things like steady sales, or even steady expenses for that matter.
So why bother to even have a budget?!

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Budgeting in an uncertain time – part 2

12th January 2020

You’ve completed all of the essential preparation work for your 2020 budget, and now it’s time to put pen to paper with some facts and figures.
So, grab your notes and let’s get started...

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Budgeting in an uncertain time – Part 3

21st January 2020

The work you completed in the planning ahead phase created your ‘forward budget.' Do your figures give you a picture that you’re growing your business reserves? Are you paying enough dividends to yourself as well as others?
Often (almost always!) your first budget outline won’t give you the figures that you want.Here is where 'backward planning' helps.

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Systems, Services and Tools

6th February 2020

You’ve just started out in business. It’s just you (or maybe you and a business partner). There isn’t much going on. Everything is in your head and it all gets done.
But what about when it gets busy?

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Action planning for your business

17th March 2020

In these uncertain times we wanted to reach out to all our followers with some support and guidance to help you.
This article is to support a strategy meeting (which can be held online as well as face to face) designed to help a team agree on a short-term tactical plan to support the UK government's objective to minimise and slow down the spread of Coronavirus to reduce pressure on the NHS.

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A Checklist for Businesses Affected by COVID-19

31st March 2020

Last week’s announcement from the Chancellor set out a raft of measures to assist businesses which could make a vast difference to many other businesses. There are a number of actions that can be undertaken to prepare for speedy applications and to prioritise what is most time-critical.

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We Know What it Takes to Support You

14th April 2020

At Grant Jones we know what it takes to support your business through the current economic climate. In 2008, just 2 years after Grant Jones was formed, the UK hit one of its most turbulent times in its economic history. At a time when many well-established accountants went under, we rode the wave and came out even stronger. How did we do that? Adaptability!

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The Self-Employed Income Support Grant - How to see if you are eligible

12th May 2020

In the current situation, there are a range of different grants, loans and support for businesses. HMRC have updated their guidance outlining the process for applying for SEISS. This grant is aimed at the Self-employed, and is available for people who filed a self-assessment tax return for 2018/19 with profits of less than £50k - are you eligible?

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Support for Fast Growing Technology Start-up Businesses

26th May 2020

Even though the lockdown is lifting, the impact of this period of disruption continues to impact businesses. No one can deny that the Government has provided a lot of help and aid to keep the economy afloat but, as always, not every type of business is assisted by every type of initiative.

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Re-energise Your Business

9th June 2020

As we begin to emerge from COVID, are you ready to get back in the game and re-energise your business?
It’s been an interesting time for businesses across the UK and without doubt across the whole business landscape there have been winners and losers. We’ve seen it very clearly in the technology, comms and software development companies, a sector we specialise in. With restrictions lifting, regardless of your circumstances, there are things you can do to re-energise your business, make the most of any gains or ensure your income wheels start turning once more.

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Revisit your plans to Re-energise Your Business

22nd June 2020

It’s always helpful to revisit your plans because, in reality, nothing ever really goes exactly the way we expect it to - 2020 has been unusually extreme for this! The question is – how are you going to fight back in 2020 and what does it mean for 2021 and how you look further ahead?

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Review your Forecasts to Re-energise Your Business

3rd July 2020

Forecasting for 2020/21 now is crucial for re-energising your business post COVID. You’ll need to revisit your budget, sales forecasts and cash flow to ensure you have a rock-solid plan to help you move forward again. Here are some things to consider…

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