Why you need a separate business account as a sole trader or startup

For many new entrepreneurs, keeping things as simple as possible in the early days is key. Which is why using the same bank account for personal and business purposes is so common. While this reduces some friction in the early days, the time will come where you’ll need to separate them - especially as you acquire your first customers. In this article, we’ll explore why having a separate...
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Let customers know your special hours for May on Google My Business

When your business has an irregular schedule, like holidays or special events, you can enter special hours in advance to let customers know when you’re open via the special opening hours option on Google My Business (and Google Maps). If you haven't updated your hours, we recommend that you do. Google may call you to make sure they’re accurate. Visit Google My Business Help to learn more...
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Coronavirus Business Support Page on GOV.UK Website

GOV.UK have updated their website to include a section specifically aimed at supporting businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic: Find out what financial support you can get for your business Find out how you can claim your employees' wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Find out how to apply for a grant if you're self-employed All information relating to Business Support can now be...
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What Instagram’s new desktop DMs means for businesses

Receiving a healthy influx of direct messages on Instagram is a great indication that your audience is engaged with your brand and the content that you’re posting. But it can also be pretty stressful — especially if you’re managing everything from the Instagram mobile app (it’s just a little limiting to do everything from the app!). As such, the new feature should be *very* useful for...
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Government advice for trades: Work carried out in people’s homes is acceptable during UK lockdown

Current Government advice for trades, such as electricians, plumbers, maintenance workers, cleaners and other tradespeople carrying out work in people's homes is that this is currently acceptable even during the lockdown, the advice, as of 10th April 2020 is as follows: Work carried out in people’s homes, for example by tradespeople carrying out repairs and maintenance, can continue, provided...
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Posting parcels? Avoid Post Office queues with Royal Mail’s Parcel Postboxes in Swindon

Did you know that you can avoid Post Office queues, and parcel collection costs, by using Parcel Postboxes, provided by Royal Mail, in various locations around Swindon - and across the UK. Royal Mail's Parcel Postboxes are ideally suited for a fast and easy local drop off, and when a Certificate of Posting is not required - so for bulky envelopes that won't fit into a normal Postbox, for items...
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“Online retail is still open and encouraged” Gov Advice 23/03/2020

On 23rd March the British Government stepped up measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus and save lives, announcing that non-essential premises must now close. In the documents released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government following the Prime Ministers televised address to the nation, we would like to highlight the following, which will be of interest to some of our...
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How to use Zoom for video conferencing & video meetings

Zoom has earned itself a reputation as a reliable, easy-to-use tool that can handle meetings involving up to 100 people. And that's just the free version. If you need to host particularly large online meetings, there are paid-for business packages available that dramatically increases this limit, and also adds new features Add a webcam to your desktop PC, or turn to your webcam-enabled laptop,...
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Amazon Announces Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA) Restrictions

With the effects of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) virus, evolving World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations and other preventative measures, many consumers have shifted their shopping needs online to sites like Amazon. And this added pressure — especially in specific product categories such as household staples and medical supplies — is being felt throughout the supply chain. As a result,...
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Our top 10 actionable SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) tips

SEO and digital trading optimisation is now more important than ever

You may be surprised to find out that around 73% of online activity is related to searches for local businesses. If you follow Google guidelines to get a decent amount of traffic on your site, you know one thing for sure and that is SEO changes from time to time. Right? Since Google rolled out Pigeon update in July 2014, Penguin 4.0 during 2016 and more recent updates throughout 2019, local...
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