Finance

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Overdrafts and bank loans

Overdrafts and bank loans are the most common form of external financing available to businesses. Read our guide to reducing the cost and risk.

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Subsidised and guaranteed loans

If you have a promising business but can't provide the security needed for a bank loan, a supported loan scheme may be what you need.

Accounting

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Choosing accounting software

Accounting software makes your accounts quicker and easier to process - and you don't need to be a trained accountant. Our guide to choosing software.

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Using accounting software

Good accounting software puts you in control of your business, letting you automate regular tasks, prepare forecasts and monitor business performance.

Insurance

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Insure your business

An unexpected event such as a break-in, fire, flood or computer failure could destroy your business. How to cushion the impact with insurance.

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Insurance against legal claims

The cost of litigation can put you under serious financial pressure, even if you win. Read our guide to insuring against the cost of legal action.

Pensions

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Pension income calculator

To work out how much income you are likely to receive from your pension, visit the Money Advice Service website for a pension forecast.

Tax

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Work out the correct rate of VAT

VAT-registered businesses charge VAT on sales of goods and services. Use this tool to find the correct VAT rate you must charge and pay to HMRC.

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Q&A: IR35 tax rules

IR35 rules will change from April 2020. Seb Maley of Qdos answers the frequent questions on IR35 tax changes for contractors.