FreeAgent is a cloud-based accounting product targeted at freelancers and micro businesses. It is developed by FreeAgent Holdings plc, a publicly listed software company based in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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  • Today we’re launching Insights - an innovative new feature to help you understand and run your business more successfully. Insights are actionable notifications of your business’s performance. They highlight opportunities, signal issues and enable you to make better decisions about your finances. If that sounds a bit complicated, then don’t worry - it’s actually really simple when you see them in...

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  • A new tax year starts on 6th April and that means a set of changes from previous budgets and statements will also come into effect. Here's a round up of what’s changing for small businesses: Making Tax Digital: time to get ready! Is your business registered for VAT and does it have to be registered because its sales are over the threshold? Making Tax Digital (MTD) reporting for VAT will become com...

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  • Twice a year we host a company-wide ‘hack days’ event, but this time we almost didn’t! Thanks to the Beast from the East it became more of a snow day than a hack day. After a few of days of blizzards, we eventually managed to dig ourselves out of the snow and hike our way back in to our Edinburgh office. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of hack days - also known as a hackathon - it’s when a ...

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  • The end of the tax year is rapidly approaching, which means it’s the perfect time to get everything in order and prepare your business for success in the next 12 months. So, if you run a business that prepares its accounts to 5th April each year, here's some top tips to help make preparing for the end of the tax year easier. Speed up your spending - but be cautious! Now is the time to be spending ...

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  • If you’re a customer of Tide then we’ve got some great news - they’ve just launched a new bank feed integration with FreeAgent. The new integration allows Tide customers to hook up their bank account to push into FreeAgent transactions on a daily basis. From there, these can be reconciled as normal. Tide have created a guide to setting up the integration, so take a look if you’re interested. I...

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  • We have exciting news to share. It has been announced today that the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, one of the leading banks in the UK for business banking, has made a takeover offer for FreeAgent. I, along with the rest of the Board, have thought hard about this and we are recommending that shareholders accept the offer. This offer provides us with a unique opportunity to progress towards our vi...

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  • .article td, .article th { border: solid 1px #c3d2de !important; } @media only screen and (max-width: 480px) { .article td, .article th { display: table-cell; } } Our product and engineering teams have been hard at work liaising with HMRC to bring you the best possible accounting software solution for the Making Tax Digital (MTD) era. We can now confirm that FreeAge...

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  • Today the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, unveiled the government’s first ever Spring Statement. Here’s the lowdown on this brand new event in the economic calendar. What is the Spring Statement? Unlike the complex and comprehensive Budget announcement that we’d normally expect at this time of year, the Spring Statement is simply the government’s response to the updated Office for Budget Responsibilit...

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  • Love it or loathe it, the divisive holiday that is St Valentine’s Day is upon us once more. Rather than convince you to treat your nearest and dearest to a petrol station bouquet or a Milk Tray, we’ve focused our efforts on celebrating something far more important - all the things there are to love about being self-employed. Freelance life can have the occasional downside (the Self Assessment dea...

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  • Knowing your best (and worst!) customers is a key factor in deciding who to do business with in the future. Today we’re making it easier to see who deserves the red carpet treatment and who gets the one-way ticket to Dumpsville. The Customer Sales Report has been one of our most requested features, and allows you to see exactly how much income you’ve received from each of your different custome...

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  • From blissful denial to grim-jawed resolve, where are you at on the Self Assessment stress scale? Denial Ages to go until 31 January Self Assessment deadline. Aaaaaages. Bargaining If you at least make a start on your tax return, you can justifiably wind down with at least three hours of Netflix... right?

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  • Wednesday 31st January isn’t just the date by which you have to submit your Self Assessment for the 2016/17 tax year to HMRC. It’s also the date by which you have to pay your tax bill - so it’s important to get organised and make sure that your payment reaches HMRC before the midnight deadline. Here’s a handy rundown of the main payment options that HMRC accepts, how long each type of payment ta...

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  • You don’t have to be Garfield to dislike Mondays. Running your own business has tons of benefits, but that doesn’t mean you’re immune to a case of the new work week blues. Mondays don’t have to be the scourge of your week though, so we’ve assembled some tips to make them downright bearable, and perhaps, dare we say it, enjoyable. Refresh your workspace It has been proven that tidier people are gen...

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  • Last month, the fountain of knowledge that is our chief accountant Emily Coltman FCA, sat down with Michelle Carvill from MadeSimple to talk accounting for the self-employed. As part of the MadeSimple StartUp Community’s weekly ‘Tuesday Teach’, Emily put her expertise to good use and answered some of the community’s most frequently asked questions: "What is Self Assessment and who needs to file it...

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  • Back in 2017 (remember then?) we spread some seasonal cheer by holding a virtual Christmas party on Facebook for the ‘elf-employed’ and loads of small business owners and freelancers joined us for a day of online festive fun and frolics. In between exchanging photos of our Xmas knitwear, we asked the partygoers what their small business resolutions for 2018 were. Here’s a few of the excellent res...

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  • With the festive season looming, we know you’re eagerly anticipating what Christmas will bring. Another pair of comedy sandal socks or something actually useful? Well, the good news is - you’re on the nice list, and we’ve got a bumper stocking full of mini-featurettes for you, courtesy of your Auntie FreeAgent. Here’s a roundup of some of our smaller recent product releases, that we hope will ha...

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  • It’s surely only a matter of time before robots take over the world and humanity is ultimately enslaved to a race of mechanical overlords. In the meantime though, let’s enjoy those little productivity gains that automation can bring us! For instance, take our popular Guess functionality that cleverly explains your bank transactions when you import them into FreeAgent. We’ve just updated this to...

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  • Season’s greetings! The ad breaks are packed with festive promotions at the moment, but are there any business tips hidden amongst the tinsel? We’ve given a few favourites from this year’s Christmas ads some thought to see what can be learnt from them. So grab a blanket and some spiced tea (or mulled wine, if it’s that time of day) and let’s get watching... Perseverance pays off

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  • One of the downsides of being self-employed has always been the lack of traditional benefits. As the number of self-employed people in the UK grows (4.5 million in 2015), up from from 3.8 million in 2008) so does the pool of people who are vulnerable to unexpected changes in their circumstances. We recently carried out a survey of over 500 UK micro-business owners and found that a huge 82% of ...

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  • Here at FreeAgent, we always like to hear from freelancers and micro-business owners about what it’s *really* like to be self-employed in modern Britain. Whether it’s the struggle to keep their cash flow healthy, the excitement of expanding into new sectors or simply the enjoyment of having a flexible working life, it’s fascinating to see what life as a micro-business owner looks like and what the...

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  • The biggest change that the Autumn Budget 2017 presented for small business owners was simply that a Budget happened in the autumn as well as the spring! There was remarkably little in today's announcement (or the accompanying full Budget report) for freelancers, contractors or other small business owners who do not have their own business premises - but here is what we did learn. No change to the...

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  • I’m always interested to hear the different ways in which FreeAgent is being used by our customers, but when Neil Kerfoot got in touch I was amazed by his story. For his 40th birthday back in 2006, instead of throwing a fancy party Neil decided to build a well in a remote rural village in Ghana. That act of altruism took on a life of its own and Neil now runs Village by Village, a grassroots chari...

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  • Hang onto your hats: the Budget is just around the corner! Got a case of déjà vu? Thanks to a change announced last year, 2017 has transpired to be a bumper year for Budgets. We had the final Spring Budget back in March and now the first Autumn Budget is due on Wednesday 22nd November. Confused? Don’t worry - here’s what you need to know about the change. 2017: a tale of two Budgets Traditionally,...

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  • Would you work for a robot? With the Bank Of England projecting that up to 15 million jobs could be at risk of being automated, the prospect of people and machines working side by side is no longer restricted to the world of Blade Runner: it could become a reality. We surveyed 1,000 people working in the UK* to find out how they felt about the notion of working for a boss who is “more human than h...

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  • In a world where people look at their iPhones on average 80 times per day, it’s safe to say that technology is pretty inextricably woven into our lives. Running a business is no exception to this; tech is essential for everything from promoting your services and staying in touch with clients, to managing your business finances. There’s no doubt that this multitude of technology is incredibly usefu...

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