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Running a business

Here are six important lessons from Alan Partridge for small businesses - some funny, some tragic. Oooh, it's a good list...

How the upcoming Making Tax Digital changes affect your business

Running a business

Updates to the government's Making Tax Digital scheme are coming to VAT, Income Tax, and Corporation Tax over the next few years.

What is the COVID-19 Recovery Loan Scheme and who can claim?

Running a business

The COVID-19 Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) officially launched on 6th April 2021, to support businesses as they recover from the disruption caused by COVID-19.

What help is available for small businesses, gig workers, and the self-employed affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)?, image of a globe with a mask | Crunch

Running a business

The government has announced financial measures to support businesses through the Covid-19 emergency. There's support for certain employees, businesses and self-employed.

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Work out your take-home pay, chase that unpaid invoice and calculate your IR35. Make running your business a breeze!

Has your contractor insurance really got you covered?, image of someone on a laptop | Crunch
Running a business

This handy checklist will help you understand what to look out for when arranging insurance cover as a contractor.

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Running a business

Public Liability Insurance won’t cover you retrospectively, so you should have it in place as soon as you start to interact with members of the public.

Small Business Survival Checklist, image of a struggling businessperson in a cashflow emergency | Crunch
Running a business

A handy, jargon-free checklist to prepare you for when times take a turn for the worse.

Finance Bill may affect the self-employed. Image of a freelancer doing her taxes
Running a business

The Coronavirus Business Bounce Back Scheme is designed to provide quick access to cash . We've put together this guide to help you make a claim

Ultimate Business Tips - Crunch - image from a Crunch Chorus networking event in Brighton
Running a business

Our ultimate business tips guide covers everything from which hand to hold your drink, to the secret tricks that the most successful people swear by.

Running a business

Even self-employed veterans can struggle to generate small business leads. Here's a checklist of how small business can get in front of the right people.

Best Linkedin profile tips for freelancers, contractors and small businesses - Crunch
Running a business

From choosing the best LinkedIn profile picture to nailing your headline, our tips will help freelancers and the self-employed find work on LinkedIn.

10 steps to successfully simplify your small business accounting - Image of a woman doing her accounts | Crunch
Running a business

Taking care of your small business accounting can be a little daunting for complete newcomers, but the process isn’t as scary as you might think.

Brexit: What The Self-Employed Need To Know And Do, image of British and EU flags | Crunch
Running a business

The UK formally left the European Union on 31st of December 2020. Here's what that means for you as a freelancer, contractor, or small business owner.

Finding work as a consultant - Crunch, image of people working
Running a business

How do you find work to get the ball rolling as a consultant, and continue to get the kind of clients that will keep inviting you back?

What are unsecured and secured business loans
Running a business

We take a closer look at the differences between unsecured and secured business loans, to help you decide which may be better suited to your business.

Getting help with gtowing your business - Crunch - image of people collaborating
Running a business

How do you know when you might be needing more assistance and advice? We take a look at the ways in which you can find out if you need more help.

Find your perfect gig: the ultimate contractor job hunt checklist, image of a job listing | Crunch
Running a business

Our checklist gives contractors some top tips in securing the perfect projects for themselves. We look at all the things you can do to improve your CV.

Running a business

How long does trademarking a company last? How much does it cost? What's the difference between trademarking a company & registering one? All this and more.

Crunch, How to find client as an electrician. Image of an electrician at work
Running a business

For electricians and other tradespeople whose construction careers often live and die by word-of-mouth, struggling to find work can be especially difficult.

Opening a business bank account, image of woman on phone and laptop | Crunch
Running a business

It’s essential to make sure that you keep your personal and business banking separate, so you’ll usually need a dedicated business bank account.

National Living wage and National Minimum Wage - Crunch - image of british coins
Running a business

The Conservatives' 'National Living Wage' is not the same as the one proposed by the Living Wage Foundation. We look at the differences.

Running your UK limited company or sole trader business when you’re not resident in the UK
Running a business

If you live outside of the UK but run a UK-based limited company, there are certain rules you’ll need to be aware of to effectively run your business.

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Running a business

All visitors from Crunch who complete the free online legal health check will get access to unlimited free legal documents from Lawbite for eight weeks.

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Running a business

Jo Fortune of Lawbite explains how UK SMEs are struggling due to reluctance to get better legal cover, and how doing this can save your business money.

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Running a business

SWOT is a very common process used for planning - it's not perfect though. What other methods can you use?

Gifts from UK small businesses in 2020
Running a business

Struggling for present ideas this Christmas? We asked members of our Community to share some ideas so you can support a small business this December!

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Running a business

Need help getting your business finances in shape? Webinar and Q&A with top tips and simple steps to get your business in good financial health.

The risks and dangers of freelance marketplaces - Crunch - Image of a person typing on a laptop.
Running a business

Having been involved in an identity theft scam on Elance , I've since learnt a few things about the risks of using these freelance marketplaces.

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Running a business

The chances are slim, but accidents happen. Make sure you're prepared with our free business continuity plan template.

Hiring employees - a small business checklist
Running a business

Hiring employees can increase your productivity and help you offer more services to your clients. Here's how to decide what to do.

Crunch - Free press release template
Running a business

Discover how a press release is set out, and what information the recipient is expecting to get out of it. Copy and edit our free press release template!

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Running a business

What are your options when you are working as a contractor? We take a look at the pro's and con's of both agency work and finding clients directly.

How to protect your identity online
Running a business

With the proliferation of social media, it’s easier than ever for scammers to steal your identity. Here are a few tips for protecting your identity online.

Gloassary of business terms - Crunch - image of books in a library
Running a business

Unsure of the difference between cash-flow and capital? Business jargon can often be complicated, especially if you're just getting started. We've compiled a glossary of some often-used business and accounting terms and provided easy to understand definitions, with links to further info where appropriate.

Company owner frustrated at business failure
Running a business

Those who don't learn from history are condemned to repeat it. If you don’t have an understanding of why businesses fail, your startup is doomed.

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Running a business

Landlord's permission is necessary when you're running a business from a rental property, but they can’t say no without a ‘reasonable’ justification.

Doctor with stethoscope on the desk
Running a business

As a freelance or locum doctor, you are effectively now a business. Discover how to get booked and get the rates you deserve.

A frustrated freelancer
Running a business

Thou shalt not ignore late payments. Thou shalt not be a hermit. Thou shalt not sell stuff you can't do well. Thou shalt not pretend to be a big company...

A handshake at a freelance recruiter
Running a business

What do recruiters do and what are the benefits of joining an agency as a freelancer? We take a look at the pros and cons.

Non-compete clauses: Advice for freelancers and contractors, image of a business meeting | Crunch
Running a business

Some clients insert non-compete clauses into contracts, curbing your freedom to work. But you don’t need to be held captive. We explain without the jargon.

Running a business

Chosen a business partner (or partners)? It’s time to decide which type of business partnership you’ll be entering into. Here's what you need to know.

Running a business

We take a good look at the different websites and resources providing useful information to those wanting to go it alone and become self-employed.

The risks and dangers of freelance marketplaces - Crunch - Image of a person typing on a laptop.
Running a business

Grab our free contractor CV templates and get the day rate your deserve, including tips, tricks and best practice from a professional CV writer!

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Running a business

If you fancy throwing your hat into the ring for certain Government contract jobs, you'll need some form of security clearance. We explain all.

Running a business

Businesses working together to form a bigger power than they could be alone. Here's why you should consider jumping on the bandwagon.

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Running a business

There are some simple ways of estimating what a business is worth that won’t leave you pulling your hair out.

Running a business

If you're self-employed, you may spend a lot of time thinking about your objectives and goals for the future. We look at the ways you can achieve them.

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Running a business

Successful brands have always told stories about themselves, but how do you tell your story and build your brand? Create better content today!

How to build a website for your small business - Crunch - Image of web code
Running a business

Building a small business website doesn't have to cost the earth. However you choose to get your business on the internet, it’s important that you do.

the best portfolio sites for freelance writers - Crunch - image of someone working with a notebook and laptop
Running a business

You've spent weeks on a piece of work and you justifiably want to show it off to prospective clients - what's the best way?

Running a business

A collection of the most righteous put-downs to petty complaints which sent the companies viral. Pull up a seat and enjoy!

Comic Sans
Running a business

Using the controversial typeface on your small business’ branding may be a faux pas worth avoiding. Here's why so many people hate Comic Sans.

Stack of coins on a pink background
Running a business

They’re loud, proud and ready to spend, spend, spend.

UX designers
Running a business

Lorem Ipsum is dummy text used when designers want to have a realistic idea of the size of copy. We look at the funny alternatives to regular Lorem.

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Running a business

Want to wax lyrical about digital marketing, software development, photography and running a small business? Here's how to join or start a meetup group.

Running a business

Richard Branson said, “If you want to stand out from the crowd, give people a reason not to forget you”. Short on ideas? Here’s some inspiration.

Running a business

GDPR is a term all businesses, large or small should be aware of. Here's a jargon-free explanation of what you need to know to ensure you meet the rules.

Retired man at a laptop
Running a business

Going back to full-time work, or retiring? This article explains everything you need to know about how to de-register as self-employed.

Summer economic statement by the Chancellor on 8th July 2020 - image of a worker cleaning tables
Running a business

The Chancellor delivered an economic statement on 8th July 2020 setting out measures to help the UK recover from the severe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Running a business

From 6th April 2020, all new agency workers must be given a ‘key information document’ (KID) before agreeing terms with an employment business or agency.

How much does it cost to hire an employee?, image of a handshake | Crunch
Running a business

Making the decision to hire employees is a big one for any small business, so it's good to weigh up the costs, so you're aware of how much you're looking at

Crunch
Running a business

However large your workforce, being aware of how the holiday season affects your employees is important.

The worst Secret Santa presents ever, image of a Christmas present on a work desk | Crunch
Running a business

We reveal the most ridiculous and unimaginative gifts ever received - plus a look into how to make your work Secret Santa more exciting this year.

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