If you’re a small business owner, you might be wondering if you’ll ever be able to take a holiday again.
Last year, a survey by insurance giant Zurich’s found that only 29% of SME owners had taken a break of 5 days or more in the previous 12 months – and 31% had taken 15 holiday days or fewer. 8% hadn’t taken any holiday at all!
I’ve noticed that many people who don’t freelance think the freelance lifestyle is one of holistic, stress-free hedonism, enjoyed by people who have lots of free time to exercise, socialise and chill while setting their own hourly rates. Consequently, they must be calm, carefree, well-toned lucky so-and- sos who must be rolling in it.
If we spoke to you about business apps five years ago, you may have assumed that the email already installed on your phone prior to purchase was the extent of it. Apps was once a word synonymous with Candy Crush, Facebook and Angry Birds: All of which had no place in the business world.
For growing small businesses, there can be multiple obstacles to overcome as your business expands; from adapting your workload to finding the perfect employees to help your business grow.
We all know that one of the shinier attractions of freelancing is flexible working hours. Yes, there are sometimes client-instigated deadlines, meetings and time-sensitive tasks we need to deal with – but by and large, we have a workload and we can decide when to tackle it.
You have skills. You have experience. You have qualifications. You’re ready to take on work!…
Small businesses, micro businesses and freelancers all rely on their accountants heavily. Not only do they require technical accounting support, but often they will come to their accountant when they’re in need of financial advice concerning their business.