Working with SumUp - online and offline payments

Written by WhitneyWhitney, 14 January 2019

Whether you run a brick-and-mortar shop or run a market stall on weekends and holidays, finding the right solution for payments can be a challenge. While there seem to be an array of options these days, finding one that works well and makes sense ends up being more difficult.

If you want to be able to accept credit and debit card payments, there are handy card readers and apps that make this fast and painless. But what about online payments? And how do you manage your accounting at the end of the day?

A shop accepting a credit card payment. They could be using the SumUp x Debitoor integration for easy payments and accounting

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HMRC and your VAT

Written by WhitneyWhitney, 10 January 2019

In 2019, HMRC is introducing the newest regulations involving the digitisation of tax in Making Tax Digital for business. The new requirements will apply to any business with an annual turnover above the VAT threshold, as well as those that have voluntarily registered for VAT.

HMRC is introducing Making Tax Digital, which means all businesses including those in the buildings from this picture of downtown London, will need to use software to report VAT

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3 business resolutions for 2019

Written by WhitneyWhitney, 2 January 2019

The new year has arrived and along with personal goals and ambitions, you likely also have a few New Year's resolutions for your business as well.

If you’re already on the way towards making those a reality, you’re ahead of the curve. If you’re still brainstorming about how to make your business even better in 2019, we’ve found a few to give you some ideas (plus some tips on how to make them happen).

In the calendar this woman is looking at, the 1st is highlighted - is she thinking about new resolutions for her business?

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New year, new numbers - Invoicing in 2019

Written by WhitneyWhitney, 17 December 2018

With 2019 just around the corner (I know, so soon), you might already be thinking about your invoices. That is, if you’re done all your holiday shopping and planning...or maybe as a break from the hectic holiday season?

In any case, when it comes to your invoices, a new year can mean new invoice numbers. We often get requests from users asking about how they can start anew from ‘1’ in the new year. There is, however, a better way to go about updating your invoice number series.

Updating your invoice numbers for the new year is easy with Debitoor invoicing software

While counting up from ‘1’ might seem straightforward, using a structure that provides more information about your invoices can help you stay organised.

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Manage your business from your iPad

Written by WhitneyWhitney, 14 December 2018

The middle child of the Apple products enjoys a positive reputation for being not only functional but highly portable. With arguably greater capabilities than a smartphone (albeit less than a computer), iPads have become useful tools for many types of businesses.

While a computer used to be a requirement for managing the more complex aspects of running a business such as spreadsheets or Word & Excel invoice templates, many businesses find that with the right tools, an iPad is a useful device for managing the day-to-day.

Woman happy to be using her iPad. Maybe because she's using Debitoor invoicing sofware :)

Because an iPad gives you the option of accessing the web through a browser as you would on a computer, as well as having access to most mobile apps you’re used to on your phone, it’s quite versatile.

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Equestrian centre? Invoicing & accounting for your business

Written by WhitneyWhitney, 26 November 2018

Running an equestrian centre involves constant care and attention. If you’re not coordinating delivery of bedding, then you’re following up with one of your customers or scheduling a new trainer.

If you run an equestrian centre, the invoicing & accounting can be easy with Debitoor

The day-to-day tasks are demanding, often physically as well as mentally, and if you’re not already a bit tired at the end of the day, you certainly will be if you have to sit down and spend hours and hours on invoicing and managing the accounting.

If you’re looking for a solution for this time-consuming process so that you can relax at the end of the day, without having to sit down and spend even more time behind a computer screen.

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Do you need insurance as a UK small business?

Written by WhitneyWhitney, 19 November 2018

Potentially the only topic that could elicit more yawns and convenient excuses to leave the room than accounting: insurance. Somewhat infamous for aggressive marketing, yet tedious red-tape ridden claims process, insurance is not a popular topic in any situation.

And yet it’s an aspect of running a business that should be considered early on. An added obstacle is that it can be challenging to determine exactly what type(s) of insurance your business will need and also what it means for your bottom line.

Keep your business covered with the right insurance

There are some types of insurance that are required if your business meets certain criteria such as having an employee or working with vehicles. While other types of insurance are not necessarily required, they are strongly recommended by authorities.

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How to create a New Zealand tax invoice

Written by WhitneyWhitney, 16 November 2018

If you’re a freelancer or a small business owner in New Zealand, you’re likely familiar with the invoicing process. And how tedious and time-consuming it can be.

Creating, sending, and managing invoices is a crucial part of running a business but not often one that most self-employed look forward to. Yet, invoicing is directly connected to one of the main goals of having a business: getting paid.

Small business in New Zealand? Creating an invoice is easy with Debitoor invoicing software

An invoice is a required document for most sales, so understanding exactly what must be included is an important basic, as missing details can result in an invoice not being valid. From there, it’s about communication with your customer, promotion of your brand, and professionalism.

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Fast and professional invoicing for designers

Written by WhitneyWhitney, 29 October 2018

When you’re a designer, no matter what field, the aesthetic of your brand is inevitably an important one. And yet when it comes to the business side of things, you might be willing to put up with more simple, dry designs in order to get the paperwork out of the way and focus on what you enjoy.

Yes, it's possible to create custom, beautiful invoices fast with Debitoor invoicing software.

It doesn’t need to be that way. You don’t need to compromise creativity for professionalism when it comes to your sales documents. There are many solutions today that enable you to easily, quickly create and send invoices that reflect your abilities and business.

Let’s take a closer look at what that means.

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Self-employed abroad? 5 tips to help your business run smoothly

Written by WhitneyWhitney, 11 October 2018

It’s exciting. Not only are you living in a country different from the one you grew up in, you’ve also set out to become self-employed. Taking so many aspects of your life into your own hands, it can be exhilarating if not a little bit overwhelming.

No matter where you are, there are some guidelines to follow and great resources (like Debitoor invoice software!) to help you run your business

There are many things to consider when you’re running a business in a country where you might not be familiar with everything - from the business culture to the local regulations, from the expenses to the marketing options.

With so much to consider, it’s important to make some decisions that can significantly affect your time, efficiency, and, if I may say: your sanity!

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