Emily is Chief Accountant at FreeAgent Central Ltd and a graduate of of the University of Cambridge.

Business management

Five things to consider measuring in your small business

Emily Coltman gives her top tips for successful business measurement.


Is that expense deductible? Oh yes it is…

Pantomimes and Christmas productions are in full swing. So, Emily Coltman decided to look at whether there was anything that our favourite panto protagonists should bear in mind when it comes to their tax.


Six reasons to tackle your self assessment now

Emily Coltman discusses why it's best to be well prepared for the January 31st deadline.


Five spooky creatures who do not pay on time (and how to deal with them)

Emily Coltman highlights the five most common characters lurking in your books and explains how to work with them when it comes to getting your outstanding invoices paid.


Five tips to brush up your books by the end of summer

Emily Coltman gives her tips on making managing your accounts easier in the months ahead.


Four things that could help your small business get paid quicker

In the wake of government plans for a small business commissioner to help companies tackle the issue of late payment, Emily Coltman gives some tips on getting the money in on time.

Employing & managing staff

Four things to remember when taking on your first employee

Emily Coltman gives her top tips to bear in mind when you are hiring for the first time.


What does the new tax year mean for your small business?

Emily Coltman looks at the tax changes going into effect this month and explains who they'll affect the most.


Get your books in order now and avoid another self-assessment nightmare

Emily Coltman gives her top tips for getting your books in order now, so you can avoid a self-assessment headache next year.


Five new year accounting resolutions for your small business

Emily Coltman gives her top tips for accounts-related resolutions for small company owners to consider for the new year.

Business Ideas & Planning

Would Santa be considered by HMRC as being in business?

Emily Coltman gives the lowdown on what Santa's annual gift extravaganza could potentially be classed as.


The importance of thinking about hidden costs as a small business

Emily Coltman of FreeAgent lists ways to minimise the less apparent costs your business can incur.