FreeAgent is a cloud-based accounting product targeted at freelancers and micro businesses. It is developed by FreeAgent Central Ltd, a privately owned software company based in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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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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  • We’re all grinning from ear to ear after a very successful evening yesterday at the AccountingWeb Software Excellence Awards! Held at The Brewery in London, the Software Excellence Awards recognise the best technology for the accounting profession. With top software companies from across the UK represented, we were shortlisted in the SME Accounts/Bookkeeping category alongside Clear Books, QuickBo...

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  • Shorter days, Halloween decorations on sale, pumpkin spice infiltrating high street coffee shops - there’s no doubt that autumn is upon us. As momentum ramps up again after the slower summer period, the autumn months are the ideal time to take a good look at your business and start preparing it for seeing out 2017 in great shape. Emily Coltman FCA, FreeAgent’s chief accountant, gives her top tips ...

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  • Although MTD for Income Tax won’t come in until at least 2020, the government has already put together its suggested next steps for Making Tax Digital for Income Tax. If you’re a sole trader preparing accounts and filing to HMRC, here’s a brief summary of what you’ll be required to do when MTD comes into effect: Record each of your business’s transactions - invoices, bills, out-of-pocket exp...

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  • If you’re not familiar with the concept, hack days are when everyone in a tech company takes a short break from their usual schedule to work together on exciting, ad hoc projects that they’re passionate about. At FreeAgent we have hack days twice a year, as they’re a great opportunity for the team to work with people they might not normally work with, on fun, creative projects. This year we had a...

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  • Earlier this month we teamed up with HMRC to give you another chance to watch our joint webinar on the hot topic of business expenses for sole traders and partnerships. In the session, HMRC provided clarity on some of the essential aspects of self-employed business expenses, including: the definition of a business expense which business expenses are commonly allowable how simplified expenses for ...

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  • The Finance Bill 2017-19 is on its way through parliament, breathing new life into Making Tax Digital (MTD) and bringing a controversial cut to the dividend tax-free allowance a step closer to reality. Making way for Making Tax Digital MTD was one of the tax measures dropped in the pre-election Finance Bill, due to the lack of time for scrutiny in parliament before the snap general election took...

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  • Perhaps one of the biggest challenges of self-employment is that you have to fend for yourself. There’s no HR department to deal with details like your pension, and no sick pay, holiday pay or paternity leave. You’ve got more costs to contend with than you would in traditional employment, along with the panic about how to pay for them. It’s against this backdrop that millions of people neglect th...

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  • Sun, sea and… spreadsheets? If that combination just made you feel a tad queasy, then - a) I’m sorry and b) don’t worry. There is absolutely no need to lug your laptop with you when you head off on holiday, especially if you’re just looking to keep one eye on your business. So when you're next killing time whilst travelling, take a break from the never-ending Insta-scroll and check these satisfyi...

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  • The government's Making Tax Digital initiative sets out a vision for ‘a transformed tax system and the end of the tax return’ by 2020. But what will the long-term impact be? FreeAgent invites a group of experts from the accounting industry to discuss the possibilities. In order of appearance, these experts are: - Louisa Drewett, Director, Aardvark Accounting - Johnny Leung, Director, K&B Accountan...

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  • FreeAgent invites a panel of experts to consider where IR35 legislation could be heading in the future. In order of appearance, these experts are: - Ed Molyneux, Founder and CEO, FreeAgent - Julia Kermode, Chief Executive, Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) - Johnny Leung, Director, K&B Accountancy Group - Chris James, Head of Accounting Operations, JSA Services - Neil Armitage,...

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  • Looking to kick back and kick your small business up a notch? If you’re lucky enough to be heading off on holiday soon, here are five books that will keep your brain ticking over while your body unwinds. Grab a cool drink and get refreshed, revitalised, and most importantly - get reading. Eat That Frog! Get More of the Important Things Done - Today Brian Tracy As Mark Twain once said “If it’s you...

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