Guides for running a small business Take a look at our collection of expert tips and guides to help you manage your small business better.

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.

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Small business guides

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.

How to start a limited company

What do you need to consider when setting up a limited company? Find out in this guide.

Maternity pay for self-employed mothers

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

Five 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.

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.

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.

Five 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.

Nine 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.

What's the point in building relationships?

Networking and building great business relationships within your industry is often said to be crucial to success – but is this really true?

How to set better business goals

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.

What does success look like in your small business?

Turning a profit is often a sign that a business is performing well, but it’s not the only thing that matters.

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?

Five ways to run better meetings

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

Four ways to finance your small business without a bank loan

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

Five reasons to take a time out from your business: part one

FreeAgent partner Company Bug gives five reasons why it pays to take time out from business when you're self-employed.

Five reasons to take a time out from your business: part two

Company Bug is back with a few tips to ensure that you make time for a well-deserved break from your busy business schedule.

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.

Small business accounting with FreeAgent

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