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How to get a mortgage when you're self-employed

Worried that you'll struggle to get a mortgage as a self-employed business owner?

Follow this guide to find out how you can improve your chances of getting your mortgage application approved.

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How to make a cash flow forecast

What is a cash flow forecast and why should you make one for your business? Find out in this guide including a free cash flow forecasting template.

Sole trader or limited company?

Should you run your business as a sole trader or limited company? Find out which structure is the best fit for you.

Maternity pay for self-employed mothers

Are self-employed mums entitled to maternity pay? Discover what options are available in this guide.

5 tips for finding the perfect accountant

Looking to hire an accountant to help with your business finances? Emily Coltman, FCA, gives her top tips on what to look out for.

Paying back your student loan when you're self-employed

Are you self-employed person with student loan debt? This guide will tell all about the DIY required to pay back that debt.

5 steps to becoming your accountant's favourite client

Follow these simple tips to get on your accountant's good side and help your relationship blossom into something beautiful.

9 low cost marketing ideas for your small business

Marketing is crucial if you want to reach new customers and grow your small business – but it doesn't have to break the bank.

Setting your limited company's registered office address

Setting your registered office address is an important step when you run a limited company. Find out how to get it right first time.

Small business networking: what’s in it for you?

Networking is a valuable skill for small businesses, here are our top tips to get ahead.

How to set better business goals for your small business

Are your business goals working for you? Discover how approaching goals from a different angle could make them work better for you.

Time tracking: how one small habit can change the way you run your business

This quick guide will walk you through the key insights you can gain when you change your approach to tracking time.

The value of retrospectives in running a small business

It’s likely that you've developed a business plan and set some key goals to aim for on your road to success – but how are you reviewing progress?

How to run more effective meetings

When meetings are done badly they can become a major drain on your time and productivity. Here are a few tips on making meetings work for you.

Alternative small business funding: how to secure finance without a bank loan

The traditional route of securing a bank loan is not always all that easy. Here are a few alternative options that you might want to consider.

Taking time out from your small business

FreeAgent partner Company Bug on why you need to take time off from your business and how you can organise a well-deserved break.

13 essential apps for working from home

Can an app really make you more productive when you work from home? Learn how to choose the right apps to make working from home easier.

Freelancers: diversify by offering phone consultations

Are phone consultations right for your business? Find out in this guest article from Freelancer News.

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