Claiming just expenses on your tax return

Recently I was asked if they could do a tax return if they didn’t have any sales and just put expenses through. My initial thought was why go through the whole hassle of doing a tax return and the stress of meeting the self-assessment deadline if you don’t have to? With a new business, you can go back up to 7 years to claim your expenses and if you earn less than £1000, you can receive trading allowance before you even need to declare your income.

Technically though you could claim just expenses. There are some restrictions in that you would need to prove to HMRC your business is genuine. You need to do at least 10 hours a week with a view to making a profit. Continue reading “Claiming just expenses on your tax return”

How to make your own personalised party bags

This blog is a slight detour from my usual blogs. I love personalised party boxes and bags and I love making things like this. Usually, though I never fell that I have enough time.

However, recently, for my daughter’s birthday party I was looking at party bags and boxes. I wanted something personalised but everything I looked at was not quite right. Continue reading “How to make your own personalised party bags”

My Top 5 Posts For 2017

I thought I would summarise my blogging year for 2017 with my top 5 most read posts this year.  For a few years now, I have been posting every Friday for which I feel quite proud. Until you read how there are other bloggers who write nearly every day or even more than once a day! People blog for a variety of reasons though so for now I’m happy with once a week.

Originally, when I started posting on Fridays, it was with the intention of writing the post live on the Friday. But the more I read and learn about blogging and how to make it interesting, the longer it takes to actually post a blog.

I’m still trying to find a niche that combines what I like writing about with what is popular and actually gets read.  This led me to looking at my stats for which posts gets the most views.  Below are my top 5 for 2017: Continue reading “My Top 5 Posts For 2017”

Refuse to Choose by Barbara Sher

Refuse to Choose by Barbara Sher

I came across this book, Refuse to Choose, while I was looking at different VA services website and one of them had recommended this book. I am so glad I found this book. It’s a lovely book about how to follow all the things that interest you and you are passionate about. The author calls these people ‘Scanners’ and it makes being indecisive and wanting to do everything acceptable.

Another Notebook!

The things that she suggests you do are not really new concepts but they way she writes about it makes it all feel ok. As with nearly every single book or course I read now, they all start with buying a brand-new journal in which to write in. For this book, your notebook or journal needs to be new and special for you to write, draw and doodle all your fantastic ideas. Something like Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks. I dutifully complied.

Even though I did start my new notebook, I haven’t actually kept up to date with it. It’s currently sitting pretty in my bookshelf along with my notebooks on accounting, tax, blogging, writing and the 3 page a day(!) diary.

Chapters

The book is split up into two parts and 19 chapters. The first part describes what is a scanner and the second part describes what kind of scanner are you? These are the chapters in the book:

Part one
1. All about Scanners
2. What’s Wrong with me?
3. Scanner Panic
4. Commitment Phobia
5. Too busy to do What I Love
6. I won’t do anything if I can’t do everything
7. I can’t get started
8. I never finish anything

Part two
9. About Cyclical Scanners
10. Are you a Double Agent?
11. Are you a Sybil?
12. Are you a Plate Spinner?
13. About Sequential Scanners
14. Are you a Serial Specialist?
15. Are you a Serial Master
16. Are you a Jack of all Trades?
17. Are you a Wanderer?
18. Are you a Sampler?
19. Are you a High-Speed Indecisive?

Type Of Scanner

In Part two, at the beginning of each chapter is a list of questions about that particular type of scanner and if you can answer yes to a lot of these questions then that is the type of scanner that you are. You can be more than one type of scanner. When I went through this, I got Jack of all trades and Double Agent. It then gives a few examples of people in that group and what they do and then lists out potential careers of types of careers and finally what type of tools a scanner needs. There is a list of tools for a scanner in the appendix which is useful as most of these things I’ve not really ever heard of. Some of favourites are the portable dream deck where you can keep several different projects going at the same time, the scanners day book, A ring binder for all your different projects and a catalogue of ideas with potential. Actually, I think I would probably like them all.

The Good Enough Job

Another big theme I found in the book is to find a good enough job if you can’t find the perfect job and then you can spend the rest of your time pursuing the things that you enjoy. There are several chapters that I want to go back and read again but it really does make you feel better that its ok not to have a niche figured out and pursuing. You don’t need to be a specialist and focus all your energies on the one thing, if you enjoy doing several things at the same time.

If, like me you are wanting to everything that you find interesting without giving up anything, this book is for you. I can see why the VA feels like this book is a must for all other VA’s out there because you can offer lots of different services that you are good at as a VA.

The author, Barbara Sher, also has a website and mailing list which can be found here: http://barbarasclub.com/

Go and enjoy this book as I try and figure out how to organise my life so I can do everything I want to pursue!

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Merry Christmas and Download Your Christmas Present

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

With Christmas celebrations in full swing now that the girls are off from school, this holiday is going to be jam-packed with things to do.  New Years Day is also looming up so I thought I would keep this post short and add a little Christmas present that you can download here:

Diary, Planner and Workbook 2018

 

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The Tax Return Checklist

Every year, when tax return season approaches I send out a standard tax return reminder email along with a standard tax return checklist. This is a habit I picked up from working in practice for over 10 years. I very much doubt it ever gets read based on the emails and phone calls I get about tax returns. Its not very fancy which could be its downfall but in my mind, I’ve covered everything. Continue reading “The Tax Return Checklist”

My Top Five Favourite Quotes

I love reading and collecting quotes.  Sometimes, they come up at just the right time when I’m thinking about whether to go for something or not. Or when something is or isn’t happening in my life and need to rationalise it. Here are my top five favourite quotes.

The universe always works in my favour

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