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Business Guides

Expert advice for running a successful business

Starting your own business and becoming a freelancer or contractor can be really confusing. Lots of people want to make the leap but don’t because they’re not sure about the financial rules and regulations.

Before you attempt to enter the fray, arm yourself with knowledge from our handy – and totally free – beginner’s business guides. Downloadable, so you can reference them whenever you need to, and always up-to-date with the latest legislation, they contain everything you’ll need to successfully start and grow your own successful business.

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What do you need help with? Our guides cover mortgages, IR35, Self Assessment and more.

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We don’t think a helping hand should cost an arm and a leg, so you can download our PDF guides for free!

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Put our guides into action and start building your business!

Meet the authors

Laura Hughes

Accountancy Training Manager

After 10 years delivering management and financial accounts in the Marketing industry, Laura began tutoring an AAT course part-time in 2012 and discovered a passion for teaching. AAT and ACCA qualified, with a BSc in Applied Accounting, Laura joined Crunch to oversee our in-house accountancy training, and loves roller skating with her partner and two kids!

Jon Norris

Web Editor

A freelance writer by trade, Jon looks after the Crunch blog and our Twitter, Facebook and Google+ accounts. With years of experience writing for national publications and various websites, Jon knows all there is to know about managing a freelance business, finding new clients and credit control for the self-employed.

Nick Chowdrey

Technical Writer

A writer and journalist with a passion for technology, politics and economics, Nick is fascinated by how the internet continues to shape modern society, particularly in the areas of business and communication. With an MA in Multimedia Journalism from the University of Sussex, Nick is well-versed in creating content across various platforms, and loves using his skills to educate, inform and entertain.

Calum Morrison

Technical Writer

Calum recently came to rest in Brighton having spent the last few years travelling around the world. A qualified and experienced financial journalist with an MA in literature from a Paris University, Calum is charged with turning our accountants’ expert knowledge into prose that even the most innumerate business owner can understand.

Tom West

Content Producer

With a long background of writing for both print and digital media, Tom specialises in converting otherwise confusing accounting and financial issues into easy to understand guidance. Tom has worked on successful high profile political campaigns, and has been recognised by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Claire Beveridge

Content Producer

Claire is a writer, digital content specialist and a huge fan of our local Brighton food scene. She specialises in writing about small business and freelancing, and loves interacting with our business community on Twitter and Facebook.

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