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15 important things you need to know about Making Tax Digital and Income Tax

HMRC has been working hard on its Making Tax Digital initiative since 2019. Income Tax is the next phase and today we want to share with you the 15 important things you will need to know about Making Tax Digital and Income Tax....

January 18, 2022

5 reasons why investing in yourself is important

We often focus on growing our businesses without considering our own personal development. Today we want to show you the importance of investing in yourself and most importantly how you can do that effectively this coming year. So forget subscribing to that new podcast and enrolling in a lot of new webinars just yet and instead take some time to really think about where and how you need to invest....

January 17, 2022

How this life coach is helping others find their true path

Having worked in mental health for almost 20 years Donna Liddle trained as a Life Coach in 2005 and later trained as an NLP Practitioner and Clinical Hypnotherapist. By combining these skills and a holistic approach Donna has worked with clients to achieve their goals around many different aspects of their life, including, career, health, relationships and improving their overall well-being....

January 12, 2022

How to set a budget that actually helps your business growth

Many of us switch off when it comes to talking business finances and planning for each new year. We find it overwhelming when we are busy, creatively constricting, or we just plain don’t understand how to do it. Today here on the Valued blog we want to help you understand how to set a budget, why to set one and of course how to use it as a strategic tool for your business growth....

January 10, 2022

7 ways to ensure your business growth in 2022 (or any year)

After a slower twenty months, it is time to start thinking about your strategies for business growth in 2022. Today we want to share our 7 ways to boost your profits so that you get the headstart you need....

December 6, 2021

How to really plan for your best business success in 2022!

Failing at creating business goals that stick? Let us show you how to enjoy a year of business success, with tangible achievements aligned with your purpose as a business owner....

November 17, 2021

Autumn Budget 2021: What it means for your business money

Cheaper flights and pints made the headlines after Rishi Sunak’s Autumn budget 2021, but now that the media dust has settled what does the budget really mean for business owners? Read on and let us break down each point and what we think are your next steps....

November 11, 2021

How to really avoid the comparison trap and leap into your best success

Have you ever found yourself scrolling through social media and spending far too long looking at a competitor's feed and feeling bad? We hear too many stories like this! Join our MD, Stephen Paul who believes you could be doing yourself a great disservice by comparing your business to others and what he recommends you should be focusing on instead, to build the business you really want....

October 25, 2021

The importance of finding your WHY as a business owner

As a business owner you can directly impact your future by realising and realigning with your ‘why’ (your purpose). Valued’s MD Stephen Paul gives us his insight to the true value of finding your why, through his own story, and shares how you can find yours by asking yourself some simple questions....

October 18, 2021

How this business owner is supporting small, local businesses

Now more than ever it is crucial that we support our local small businesses, today we meet one business owner who is helping us do just that....

October 7, 2021

How two independent businesses really thrive as a partnership

Running a successful business can be a very difficult path to navigate, but throw in a second business under one roof, one from a very different industry and most people would struggle to make a partnership work. Today on the blog we would love for you to meet Kieran and Michelle Rose, partners in life and business, who are succeeding in working in two very different industries as advocates, consultants and mentors....

September 9, 2021

How putting the end user first is reaping rewards for this business owner

It is a wonderful sight to behold: the business that puts its consumers first, but what happens when your end user is a step removed from your consuming buyer? Today on the blog we want to share the story of Margaret Reynolds, owner of Dogrobes, the business whose success is based on the wellbeing of their end user - your dog. Join Margaret and Stephen as they gain an insight into what it is like to own a business and to navigate the successes and the lessons to be learned along the way....

August 26, 2021

A complete guide to Capital Gains Tax on property and how to pay it

Have you recently sold a UK property; either a rental, holiday home, land or inherited property? Somewhere that wasn’t your principle private residence? You may now have to pay Capital Gains Tax (CGT) if you made a profit (‘gain’) when you sold (or ‘disposed of’) said property. For UK property disposals made on or after 6 April 2020, you have thirty days after the property’s completion date to report and pay any CGT due on your gains. Stuck where to start and how to report your Capit...

June 16, 2021

5 ways to improve your work-life balance

You often hear fellow business owners, or business coaches talking about work-life balance online - you need to be doing this, or that, to achieve it. Try as you might the reality is that sometimes work takes over and as your business grows you find yourself wishing more and more that you could spend more time with your family, but actually you see them less and less. Today, here at Valued, we want to help break that cycle by talking you through some of our tips and tricks to having it all ...

February 17, 2021

How this business succeeds by putting people first

As a business owner, the people in and around your business are your biggest asset and how you value and lift them up is integral to your success. One of our clients leads us by example today, here on the blog. Richard Reed Solicitors employ 34 staff and have been offering legal advice for all aspects of personal and business life, for several decades. Sarah Reid became an owner in the business in 2009 and has led with the firm belief that people are central to a businesses success. Join Sarah a...

February 10, 2021

Government lockdown support – what can you really claim?

So you find yourself at the end of the first month of the third period of UK lockdown and you just filed your tax return. Your revenue was woefully low and you are feeling scared about what 2021 might bring, or even if you might actually be able to reopen at all. Firstly, I want you to take a moment, because you are one of many business owners feeling this way and whilst we do not have a magic wand, we can certainly help advise you on financial matters to help see you through another tricky patc...

February 3, 2021

How to avoid the real and present danger of discounting

You might think that offering discounts is a great strategy and you may feel you have seen some success with it, but there is a clear and present danger to discounting as a way to build sales. Read on and let us show you what we mean and what you can do instead that will actually bring you in more money....

January 28, 2021

How to thrive during an economic downturn

When the future looks uncertain and you see an economic downturn, how can you prepare and strengthen your business? Sounds scary, but it is absolutely possible to thrive even when competition is finding it tough and today we are going to show you how.The last year has certainly shown us that the future path of your business can change in an instant – usually, due to influences that are far beyond our own control. The Covid-19 pandemic and the ongoing global economic recession have both had a n...

January 27, 2021

How to really plan for seasonal dips in your turnover

Are you heading for a seasonal dip in turnover? Want to know how to best prepare for that?Seasonal dips in turnover can be a big problem for SMEs, which can in itself have a knock on effect as to how you handle your payment of expenses and payroll. There are however, several ways you can foresee and even predict dips in turnover, so that you can both plan for and navigate them with success. Let us help you discover what those deduction techniques are and how to implement them....

January 26, 2021

How this company is bringing global business to the North East

With Brexit fresh in our minds, it feels harder than ever to conceive a future exporting business, but one Gateshead-based company, Blue Kangaroo, is proving all doubts wrong by thriving globally. We talk to Jason Knights, Managing Director of Blue Kangaroo Design to find out his secret to global trade in his industry and how you can get started too....

January 21, 2021

Home-office expenses: What can you deduct at tax time?

Working from home as a sole-trader and wondering what home-office expenses are tax deductible? Or maybe you are a business owner and wondering what tax deductibles you can claim for, under staff expenses? In the last year we have seen a huge increase in the home-working options businesses provide. In fact, the Office of National Statistics reported that in April 2020, as many as 46.6% of the UK workforce was working from home in some form. 86% of whom were home purely because of the restric...

January 14, 2021

How this entrepreneur is improving your cooking habits

We are very lucky to have such an amazing range of clients here at Valued and so we wanted to take a moment to celebrate their entrepreneurial achievements as part of a new video series, called, ‘Valued in their words’. Our very first interviewee is the wonderful Gwen from It’s from Scratch. Gwen has a huge passion to help you make beautiful recipes a reality. From cook-alongs to those hard to find ingredients, Gwen is there to help you build confidence in your cooking. She has already ins...

December 10, 2020

How to create a recurring invoice in Xero

There may be many occasions where you may have regular work with a given client and in this case to save yourself a lot of time and energy invoicing at the end of each month, or before a new job starts, you can set up what we call a recurring invoice. Recurring invoices can be set for varying regularities depending on your client agreements. Let us walk you through the process of how easy it is to set that up with a Xero repeating invoice....

December 3, 2020

How to create an invoice easily in Xero

Getting stuck raising an invoice on Xero? Want to know if you can save time by creating recurring invoices for monthly client projects? Never fear, today on the blog we are going to guide you through the Xero invoice process step by step!...

December 2, 2020

WorkflowMax Implementation: 5 fundamentals to your success

If you use Xero for accounting you have probably come across integration product options, WorkflowMax being one of them. Whilst the Xero product add-on options are endless, it can feel confusing when deciding which integration to use and how to implement them effectively. In fact, it can feel like quite the headache. In this article we aim to give you some insight to WorkflowMax, one of our Xero product family favourites. We are going to tell you why you should use WorkflowMax specifically and g...

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