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Top tips for best working practice

In an increasingly globalised and digital world, your online presence matters. The term ‘best working practice’ relates to how well you run your business. For that reason, to become the best tradesperson you can be, you need a strategy that transforms how you do business and deal with your customers. Homeowners look for tradespeople who:...

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Green homes grant: Everything you need to know as a tradesperson

Brief overview of the green homes grant As eco-friendly alternatives gain popularity and the need to reduce our carbon footprint increases, the Government has introduced a green homes grant for households who want to become more energy efficient. In the UK alone, heating our homes makes up almost a fifth of our greenhouse gas emissions....

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How do you deal with late payments and unpaid invoices?

One of the most uncomfortable parts of being self-employed is dealing with customers and clients that fail to pay you on time. On one hand, you need to make sure you get paid promptly for your work, but on the other, you want to keep things civil and not antagonise a client who may want...

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New trade start up: Everything you need to know about setting up a business

As a start up, navigating the world of business is a daunting task. In the trade sector, standing out from the crowd is a matter of risk assessing, forward planning and laying the groundwork for success. ‘How to start up a business?’ is something every budding entrepreneur types into a search engine at least once....

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Dealing with the professional non-payer

The ‘professional non-payer’ is an unfortunate truth in the world of trade, and it’s crippling for small businesses. The scenario goes a little something like this: A tradesperson agrees to carry out some work for a client. They go in and complete the job with no issues raised. The tradesperson sends over an invoice, but...

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Use Instagram to showcase your business

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How to use Instagram to showcase your work

Did you know that 200 million Instagram users visit at least one business profile daily? Whatever trade you work in, having an Instagram account to showcase your work will help to raise awareness of your business and promote your services. It will also boost your credibility and show potential customers that you’re a trustworthy professional...

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Bounce back after lockdown

The past few months have been challenging to say the least. But, while it’s far from over, it looks like we’re going to be able to get back to work and regain some level of normality sooner rather than later. Whether you’ve seen a reduction in jobs during lockdown, you’ve had to shut down totally...

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How to manage your cash flow

Managing your cash flow is a vital part of being a successful sole trader or limited company. No matter how much money you’re bringing in, a huge turnover means nothing if your outgoings are just as big – or worse, bigger. That’s cashflow in its simplest form: making sure your incomings are greater than your...

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Unlock new business after lockdown

There’s no denying that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a profound impact on businesses across the world. Billions of people are in lockdown around the world. It’s no surprise that production lines have come to a halt, businesses have been forced to shut their doors to the public for the first time in years,...

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PPE for traders

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New guidance for tradespeople working safely in people’s homes for maintenance and home improvements

Staying safe and ensuring the safety of tradespeople, engineers and customers is of paramount importance. We must all evaluate what additional measures we need to take to protect ourselves, our colleagues and our customers. In line with Government guidance, completion of a risk assessment is recommended. Communicate before work begins Prior to visiting a customer,...

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IR35 for tradespeopl

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IR35 explained

As a tradesperson, there are many legalities you need to understand and comply with within your business. IR35 is one of them. It’s a piece of legislation that allows HMRC to collect additional tax where a contractor is an employee in all but name. If you’re trying to understand and navigate the information that comes...

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Showcasing your best work with video

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Showcasing your best work: Using video to wow your customers

As technology continues to advance, more businesses than ever before are embracing new and exciting ways to showcase their work to new, existing and potential customers. One of the best ways to do this is with video. Whether you share videos on your website or upload them on your social media platforms, videos are a...

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