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PayPal Here is...er...here

Posted on 18 July 2014 by 0 Comments

We’re excited to announce the launch of a new integration between FreeAgent and PayPal Here, making it easier to process credit and debit cards and take payments via your smartphone or tablet - wherever you do business.

All you need to do is download the free PayPal Here app (for iPhone, iPad and Android), order your PayPal Here Chip and PIN card reader (available from PayPal) and set up your PayPal business account. When you’ve done this you’re ready to go. It’s that simple.

How PayPal Here works with FreeAgent

Once you’re ready to start accepting payments you need to enable the PayPal Here feature in FreeAgent.

When creating an invoice you’ll see a new online payment option for PayPal Here. When you’re viewing the invoice on a smartphone or tablet, select the “PayPal Here payment” button. This is for mobile payments only, so although you'll see the button when viewing the invoice on a laptop or desktop computer, you won't be able to use it.

Just show your customer the invoice to confirm the payment amount and hit the PayPal Here payment button. This will open up the PayPal Here app on your smartphone or tablet and connect it to the PayPal Here card reader.

PayPal Here payment button on FreeAgent invoice

To process the payment, ask your customer to insert their debit or credit card into the PayPal Here card reader*, enter their PIN and click the green button. You’ll then be redirected back to FreeAgent, where you’ll see the invoice now marked as “Processing”.

And that’s all there is to it!

In years gone by, accepting payments was an expensive nightmare of merchant accounts and point of sale hardware. With technology like PayPal Here, mobile payment processing has been radically disrupted, making it simple and affordable for small businesses to accept payments wherever they are. This built-in integration with FreeAgent removes another level of friction, and ensures everything is tied up and seamlessly reflected in your accounting system.

Visit PayPal to buy the PayPal Here card reader.

*PayPal Here is subject to terms and application approval and fees apply. No monthly fees. Transaction fees apply: 2.75% per Chip and PIN transaction, and 3.40% + 20p per transaction for card payments made by swiping the magnetic stripe or manually keying in the card details.

Taking a break from work can be a great way to recharge your batteries. But if you run your own business, going on a long holiday can also be a daunting prospect that makes you feel like you’ll be abandoning your work by taking some time off. So how can you take a successful holiday without feeling like you’re neglecting your business? Here are four tips that should help.

How do you take a break from your business without feeling like you’re abandoning it? Hit us up on Twitter or leave a comment to let us know!

2013/14 Self Assessment filing

Posted on 10 July 2014 by 0 Comments

If you’re the sort of eager beaver sole trader who likes to get things sorted early then you can now file your Self Assessment return for 2013/14 through FreeAgent.

When we launched Self Assessment filing for sole traders back in January, we were amazed to see how many people filed their returns through FreeAgent, even that close to the deadline. Not that you like to cut it fine or anything.

Since then, we’ve updated the Self Assessment calculations and forms for the 2013/14 tax year so sole traders can once again submit these to HMRC months ahead of the January 31st deadline, if you’re super keen.

Self assessment filing

If you didn’t file through FreeAgent last year, then take a look at our Introduction to Self Assessment to see which forms FreeAgent supports, how to fill them in and how to submit your Self Assessment return to HMRC.

Limited Company Director filing soon

Although today's release is just for sole traders, we've been working on supporting self assessment filing for limited company directors, and we're delighted to announce this will be live within the next few weeks, if you can hang that long.

Happy filing,
Roan and the team at FreeAgent

Many freelancers and small business owners work from home because it’s convenient and cost effective, but there are plenty of other reasons why working from home can be awesome! Whether you’re home-based at the moment, or thinking about working from home in the future, here are four reasons why it could work for you.

Think there’s something we’ve missed? Hit us up on Twitter or leave a comment to let us know whether you think working from home is awesome!

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