Small Business

Invoice templates: How Excel, Word, and Co. help with the transmission of payment information

Using a template to write invoices saves you a fair bit of time. While you still have to enter all of the payment information for each order on your own, sample invoices provide a ready-made design that you just have to fill in using the relevant company and customer data. But how does the perfect invoice template really look? And what should an invoice template consist of? [...]  

Double-entry accounting simply explained

Double-entry accounting or double-entry bookkeeping is an essential part of the accounting system. Lots of entrepreneurs have a hard time with bookkeeping, when in fact it should be a boon and provide a detailed overview of your finances. Double-entry accounting isn’t an impossible undertaking. This guide explains the step by step fundamentals of double-entry accounting, and will turn you into a computing expert. [...]  

What is Fair Value?

There is no doubting the fact that financial statements can be complex and hard to understand. At the core of an accurate statement are accurate values and figures. This is where fair value comes into play. Fair value accounting is of great importance when it comes to financial statements (balance sheets), the selling of assets, or transferring liabilities between two companies. For investors, both current and potential, it provides a lot of clarity and insight. But what exactly is fair value? What is its actual purpose? And just how is fair value determined? [...]  

Writing invoices: guidelines for businesses and the self-employed

Invoices are usually written with a special online tool or with an office software, like Microsoft Word or Excel. However, regardless of how you create an invoice, the content and structure of the document are subject to the same guidelines. But what do you need to be aware of? And what are the benefits of writing an invoice online? [...]  

Creating a delivery note: what is a delivery note and how do you design one?

It’s not compulsory to include a delivery note when shipping goods, but it is advisable: this correspondence enables you to provide customers with a quick overview of the delivered products and also makes sure that all of the ordered items are included in the delivery. [...]  

Bookkeeping software: how does an online accountancy programme work?

An accounting program helps you to organize and analyze your invoices and cost centers, VAT, and other areas of accounting. Cloud-based accounting software is particularly popular for small business owners, since it can offer more, due to the internet connection. Many entrepreneurs and self-employed people have time restraints, so that working with the support of an accountancy program can be an enormous relief. [...]  

Writing a quote: what you should consider when creating a quote

The profitability of many companies and freelancers depends primarily on the order situation. If you attract a customer’s attention with your products or services, and they send you a request, you should try to create a quote as quickly as possible and send it back to them. We explain what you need to include when writing a quote and the correct way to structure it. [...]  

Writing an order confirmation: what is it and how do I draw one up?

When an order is placed with you or your business, you ought to write up an order confirmation. This confirms to the person who has made the order that their purchase is being processed and also summarises all the relevant information, e.g., price, product details, delivery date, etc. But what exactly is an order confirmation and what should you be aware of when preparing such a document? [...]  

CRM tools: software for customer care

Customer care is one of the corner stones of a successful company – whether you are running an online shop or offering bank accounts. Even smaller companies can benefit from the use of CRM tools, which help to organise customer- or buyer data. These software systems automate and optimise the process of customer relationship management. [...]