Author:

Adam Wayland

Adam was Editor of SmallBusiness.co.uk from 2006 to 2008 and prior to that was staff writer on sister publication BusinessXL Magazine.

Sole trader

Childcare support if self-employed

I have set up my own business after the birth of my daughter. It was impossible, due to an inflexible employer, to continue in employment. I would like to know if there are any childcare voucher schemes available to self-employed parents similar to those offered to employed parents?

Accounts & Tax

Claiming mobile phone expenses as part of your business

What's the standard policy for mobile phones expenses? Can you claim back anything from the tax man for business mobile phone usage?

Blog

Pitching to investors: A first-hand account

Bertie Stephens, founder of online shopping service Flubit, talks about his experience with two pitches for investment and what investors expect.

Advice

Daniel Abrahams on founding MyTravelMoney.co.uk

Daniel Abrahams started online travel money comparison site MyTravelMoney.co.uk in 2011 and now sees profit alone of £117,000. He talks to SmallBusiness.co.uk about his journey.

Outlook

Small business owners have no regrets about starting up

Most owners of small businesses have no regrets about starting up on their own. This is according to a recent survey that also revealed a distinct lack of planning in UK small firms and the role of mothers in starting up.

Law

Health and safety law a bugbear for business

Small businesses wish to see a shake up in prohibitive health and safety laws.

Opportunities

Self-employed at debt risk

Businesses are being urged not to mix personal borrowing with their business accounts.

Management

Richard Branson for prime minister

Owner-managers say Richard Branson would be their entrepreneur of choice for the position of prime minister.

Outlook

Hobbies form start-ups

Owner-managers say they are considering turning their hobbies into second business ventures.

Management

Hairdressing: a cut above other trades

Being asked about holiday plans while getting a haircut might seem like idle chat, but hairdressers are the tradespeople customers have the best relationship with, claims a poll.

Outlook

Start-ups need family and friends

Small businesses say friends and family provide more support when starting out than banks and government agencies.

Blog

Hustlers and Gurus – 2 self-help books on business

Self-help books on business are often contradictions in terms. They're the equivalent of playing The Beatles: Rock Band on a games console - in your head, you're on the rooftop of Apple Records in Savile Row, playing Get Back to hundreds of people, whereas in reality you're a friendless adult, alone in a living room, frantically pressing coloured buttons.

Partner content

How to prepare for business growth in 2022

The team at Funding Options explain how to prepare for business growth in 2022

Partner content

Tide to empower small businesses to optimise cash flow with insights tool

Tide is introducing a Cashflow Insights tool to help small businesses mitigate delays in payment and improve their credit score

Partner content

Business Current Account Masterclass

Tune into the Masterclass from the Current Account Switch Service to find out why you should switch your business account pronto

Partner content

How should I select my business broadband provider?

As with any supplier, it’s important to do your research and ask important questions before you select a broadband provider for your business. But what are the must-have things you should take into consideration?