Required components and information for a proper invoice

Only proper invoices are approved by the HMRC. If the invoice is incorrect or incomplete, you forfeit your right to tax deductions, among other consequences. To avoid this, make sure that you always meet the minimum invoice requirements. This quick guide explains what information and components are mandatory on your invoices, what can and can’t be omitted, and which special rules you should pay...

Cash flow accounting: Cash flow statements easily explained

Cash flow statements provide the recipients of quarterly or annual financial reports with an overview of the company’s use of funds. They help investors assess their financial and economic situation. Depending on the company’s focus, preparation of the cash flow statement must comply with the requirements laid out by the FRC and in the IAS 7. In this article, we give you a short introduction into...

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,...

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?

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...

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.