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Why do you do what you do?

We all know what we do, but do we spend enough time thinking about why we do it?  We recently read Simon Sinek’s book ‘Start with Why’ and it really got us thinking about how we can all use our Why to supercharge our organisations, to achieve our goals and to build better businesses.  So, what’s your Why? What’s your founding purpose, cause or belief? What do you believe in? How do you want to make a difference and what do you want to achieve with your business...

May 21, 2020

How divergent thinking can help you improve your business

Want to build a better business and improve the way you do things? Divergent thinking fosters creativity and innovation, helping you see things in a different light. It can help you challenge the way things are done and come up with your own original ideas to customer problems.  With divergent thinking, you can: Plan for the futureMake your processes more efficientAchieve your goalsLead great teams.  But what is divergent thinking?  It’s all about using your imagination to spark...

May 6, 2020

7 apps to streamline your business

In an increasingly online world where everyday tasks are automated at the touch of a button, technology is one of the best tools for streamlining your business, whatever industry you’re in. With the right tech stack in place, you can take back control and spend more time planning for the future of your business.  At Complete HQ, we use a bunch of tech products to provide the best service to our customers. With these tools, you can raise finance, get paid on time, manage your team, manage ...

April 23, 2020

How to plan for the future of your business

As we start to ease into the world of remote working, now is the perfect time to sit back, take stock and reassess your business. This could be a once-in-a-business-lifetime opportunity for you to devote attention to your overall business plan without the distractions of everyday life.  In this post, we’re going over the ways you can review your business model, plan for the future and implement ideas that will future-proof against any similar issues down the line.  Let’s take a loo...

April 9, 2020

CIS Subcontractor? Tips to help you complete your tax return

If you work in the construction industry as a self employed subcontractor it’s likely that you’ll have a fairly simple tax return to complete, and whilst your are taxed at source on all of your income there are also some expenses that you can claim against your income to limit your tax bill (or increase any tax refund) due. Here are a few tips to use when preparing your return. Getting Started Before you can file your return you need to have an online account with HMRC. You can do that here,...

April 6, 2020

Tips to maximise your cash during Covid-19

** This is a fast-moving situation, so we'll update this post every week with new information as it becomes available. ** Whilst we’re currently living in uncertain times with Covid-19, there are a bunch of steps you can take to limit the impact on your business. As the situation evolves, our government, banks and lenders are stepping up to the mark, offering new initiatives to support their customers through the crisis. Below we’ve detailed some of the best ways you can maximise your cash d...

March 26, 2020

How to take money out of your company

Getting money out of your business can be a big concern when switching from a sole trader to a limited company. With so many different options available, it can be difficult to know the best ways to withdraw money from your own company, and how to pay yourself. Here we’ll run you through some of the most common and tax-efficient ways of getting money out of your company, from dividends to expenses.  The main thing to get your head around when you start trading through a limited company is...

March 12, 2020

The best apps to help you manage your construction business

Business has moved on from the world of paper invoices, carrier bags of receipts and managing accounts on spreadsheets. Luckily, there’s a better and easier way to keep on top of your day to day tasks. The world of financial technology has created some amazing apps that can be used to streamline your construction business and save you valuable time. Here we’ve rounded up some of the best pieces of software to help you transform your business, and why you’ll wish you had them sooner!  ...

February 28, 2020

Tips for setting up your first construction business

What makes a truly successful construction business? What can you do to ensure that everything runs smoothly?  In this mini blog series, we’re outlining everything you need to know about the world of construction, beginning with setting up your first business. Whether you’re a tradesman making the leap into self-employment, a new subcontractor, or you’re moving from a senior employed position to start your own business, this guide will help you get the right things in place from ...

February 11, 2020

R&D Tax Credits. The most under claimed tax relief of them all?

Do you want to know what one of the most valuable, yet most overlooked, tax allowances for companies is? Not the best opener to any conversation is it, but as you’re here the answer is…. R&D Tax Credits So, are you making your claim? Do you know if you’re even entitled to make a claim? Because in all honest, thousands of business don’t realise. And HMRC will potentially PAY YOU when you put a claim in. What’s not to like?! R&D tax credits were introduced by HMRC in 2000 to assist ...

February 7, 2020

Challenger Banks - Banking 2.0?

First things first. Let’s just clear up what a challenger bank actually is. "A Challenger Bank is a relatively small retail bank set up with the intention of competing for business with large, long-established national banks." That’s what Google tells us anyway. To us, challenger banks are those that are completely confronting the stale approach that most of the high street banks have towards servicing businesses. Business is no longer a 9-5, Monday to Friday world. It’s no longer normal ...

January 23, 2020

What's the point of management accounts?!?!

You already get a set of accounts completed once a year, so why does my accountant keep telling me to prepare management accounts too? “What’s the bloody point of management accounts?” It’s interesting, as that’s a question that comes up quite often. Not always put as bluntly as the above, but it’s usually what people are thinking. Well, in our opinion, management accounts are far more important than one set of annual accounts. Regular management accounts provide far more insight as...

January 16, 2020

Cashflow tips for construction businesses

Whether you’re working directly with end users, providing contracting services, subcontracting, or providing a mixture of all of the above, cashflow can (on occasion) be a nightmare to manage for construction businesses. But by using tools available, as well as some careful planning, you will be able to get through the peaks and troughs of cashflow and end up with a profitable business that also has cash in the bank. Plan for extended payment terms Now, hopefully you won’t end up in the po...

December 19, 2019

So, how much do accounting services ACTUALLY cost?

It’s the one thing that all prospective clients want to know, but is something that appears to be steeped in mystery by the vast majority of accounting businesses. How much do we need to pay you to get the job done? In all honesty, there is a reason why a lot of accounting businesses don’t publicly set a “one size fits all” policy in terms of their pricing. Because every business is different. And the needs of every business is different. Put it into perspective. I could spend £175k bu...

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