Childcare – 3 Part Report for Childcare Providers and Parents 2

We have prepared a report made up of 3 blogs written by Steve Bicknell and Whitney Highum

https://debitoor.com/blog/part-1-childminders-how-make-most-your-claims

https://debitoor.com/blog/part-2-childminders-what-know-about-new-scheme

https://debitoor.com/blog/part-3-parents-and-new-tax-free-childcare-scheme

The blogs cover childcare vouchers, salary sacrifice, the new 2017 scheme, and tax allowable expenses for childcare professionals. Click here to download

Childcare Blogs

4 Tips for Choosing Cloud Accounting Software Reply

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There are lots of brilliant accounting solutions on the market, so how can you decide which one will work best for your business?

Features

The first thing you need to decide is what features you need:

  • Projects
  • Stock
  • Construction Industry
  • Payroll
  • Invoicing
  • Automated payments – PayPal etc
  • Bank Feeds
  • Quotes
  • VAT Schemes
  • Document Storage
  • Accountant Access
  • Access – Apps, Devices, Mac’s
  • Contact Management
  • Reports

Don’t pay for things you don’t need!

Future Proof

As your business grows, will the software grow with you

  • Can you add users
  • Can you set access levels
  • Are there upgrade products
  • Can you add in other products (Apps) such as scanned receipts

Cost

How much does it cost? Normally working with an accountant will reduce the overall cost and provide a package deal

  • Monthly Software Subscription
  • Accountancy Fees
  • Book Keeping Costs

Ask for Help

Just because you have cloud based software it doesn’t mean you won’t need an accountant! you might think you don’t need help but an accountant will help you choose the right VAT Scheme, claim tax reliefs and comply with reporting requirements.

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Are you too busy to do your accounts? 1

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When you start a business its because you have a skill or product that clients want and most small businesses put off the accounting because they find it boring, time consuming and unproductive. This often causes huge problems with tax, cash and business management.

What if it wasn’t boring, what if it was easy and quick to do?

  1. Apps for invoicing
  2. Available every where all the time on all your devices
  3. Automatic bank feeds to reduce data entry
  4. Dashboards of key data
  5. Easy access for you and your accountant

That’s why cloud accounting systems are the future. Take a look at this infographic produced by Sage.

 

https://sage-exchange.co.uk/image/528f785dccea4_sage-infographic-guide-to-cloud-accounting.png?transform=max&width=427

Obi Wan Kanobi might not be you’re only hope, cloud accounting could save your business.

steve@bicknells.net

 

Putting your accounts on Debitoor Reply

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I have just signed up to the Premium Pro Debitoor Account, I wanted to have online access and did a comparison to Xero, Sage, Kashflow and Free Agent. I thought Debitoor was excellent value for money (£9/mth for Premium Pro) and I have long been a fan of their online invoicing.

Debitoor is an easy-to-use invoicing and accounting software which helps freelancers and small businesses produce nice-looking, professional invoices in a matter of seconds and assists them in their accounting.

Debitoor is designed for straight forward businesses so if your business is complicated then its probably not the best option for you.

So this is how you get started:

  1. Create your contacts – Clients and Suppliers
  2. Create your Products
  3. Enter the opening balances on the balance sheet (reports) – Debitoor currently only works in calendar years (Jan to Dec) so if like me your year end falls on a different date you will need to enter the balances in the previous year, in my case my year end is March so I entered the balances in 2014 I will then do a year end and they will become the 2015 opening balances and I started entering invoices and expenses in April. I know that’s not ideal and Debitoor are constantly working on improvements, so its compromise for now.
  4. I then created multiple bank accounts – Lloyds, Directors, PayPal
  5. For expenses that I had an invoice for I uploaded the PDF of the expense
  6. I then uploaded the bank statements for Lloyds and PayPal and reconciled and posted them

I think the priority for all businesses should be issuing and tracking sales invoices and that’s what Debitoor does best.

steve@bicknells.net

 

Why working with accounting is about to get so much better Reply

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Anyone who works with businesses is fully aware of how important accounting is for the success of a company. Yet many business owners have a negative attitude towards accounting. A high percentage of entrepreneurs see accounting as a necessary evil and often a hindrance to starting a new company.

How is that possible? Wasn’t accounting invented to help companies manage their business?

The IT industry has brought us computers and the ability to create software to automate bookkeeping. While there is no doubt that accounting software has been a great help, when we look at the usage of it, something is wrong. More than half of the businesses in the UK keep track of their finances by using a combination of spreadsheets and word processors rather than using accounting software. In an age where computing power is ubiquitous and virtually never too far from our pocket, we should be able…

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