How do I become a freelancer?
Whether you're looking to start a side-hustle or looking to go self-employed full time, we cover everything you need to know about starting out as a freelancer.
How to choose the right accounting service as a contractor
Not sure which accounting service is best for your contracting business? Our article breaks down the factors you need to consider when choosing the service that's best for you.
What does PAYE mean?
You've likely had PAYE subtracted from your paycheck in the past - but what is it? We break down what PAYE is, when it's paid and how to start making contributions to HMRC.
What is VAT?
When should you start charging VAT? Our guide dives into what VAT is, when you should charge it and how to do so.
What is company car tax?
Thinking of treating your employees to a company car? Have a look at our guide on company car tax, what it is and how you can reduce the amount of company car tax you owe.
How do small businesses do payroll?
Everyone loves payday, and in this article we give you the lowdown on how to make paying your people a piece of cake.
What is Corporate Tax?
We give you the lowdown on what Corporate Tax is, how it differs from Income Tax and what happens if you miss a Corporate Tax deadline.
What is cloud-based accounting?
Going digital has certainly sped up the accounting process, but how can cloud-based accounting boost your business further?
How to start your own business
Got a business idea but not sure where to begin? This article covers all you need to know about getting ready to launch your own business.
What is the difference between bookkeeping and accounting?
Ever wondered what the difference between bookkeeping and accounting is? We cover the key differences between the two terms and highlight the responsibilities of bookkeepers and accountants.
How to complete a Self Assessment tax return
In this guide, we cover everything you need to know about filling out your Self Assessment tax return, from the important documents to need to the dates you need to know.
What is cash flow management?
In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about cash flow management, what makes up a cash flow statement and why a good cash flow can be essential to your business's success.
What is a limited company?
A limited company is a business that is legally separate from the people who own and run it, with different tax rules and regulations to sole traders.
The Ultimate Guide to Small Business Accounting
In this guide we cover everything you need to know about small business accounting, from bookkeeping to biilling invoices.
How to register a limited company?
In this article, we've created a step-by-step guide on registering as a limited company and what the advantages of running your business as a limited company are, plus access to our handy company name availability checker.
Who is eligible to claim mileage allowance?
In this article, we outline what exactly Mileage Allowance is, who is eligible for it and how to go about claiming this tax relief.
What is online accounting software?
In this article we cover what online accounting software is, how it works and why going digital could be the best plan for your business.
Why do I need accounts as a small business?
In this article we cover why limited companies need to keep accounts, what the different types of accounting records needing to be kept are, and how to file your accounts over to Companies House.
I paid my VAT late. Is there a fine?
In this article, we'll take you through what happens if you pay your VAT late, HMRC's penalties for inaccurate VAT returns and payments and what to do if you can't afford the amount of VAT you have to pay.
How much can you earn before paying tax?
Every working person in the UK has a personal allowance, meaning you can earn up to a certain amount without paying any income tax. In this guide, we cover what the UK tax brackets are, what you can get tax breaks for and how to file a tax return.
Why is an IR35 review important?
In this guide, we'll set out exactly why you need to conduct an IR35 contract review, who is responsible for IR35 compliance and how you can keep up with the latest legislation.
How to change from a sole trader into a limited company
There are certainly benefits in changing from a sole trader to a limited company, but it can be hard to know where and when to begin. If you're starting to make a healthy profit from your enterprise and want to create a more formal structure around your small business, then setting up a limited company may be right for you.
What are the tax brackets in the UK?
If the thought of navigating the UK's tax brackets, rules and regulations leaves you in a cold sweat, don't worry. You're not alone! By learning about the UK's income tax brackets, you can develop the confidence you need to make important business decisions and focus on running and growing your enterprise.
Do I need accounting services as a contractor?
In this article, we’ll give you the low-down on using your own dedicated accountant, accounting solution or a combination of the two for your contracting business.
Do I need accounting software for my small business?
As your business grows, we outline what accounting software is, the pros and cons of using accounting software and why Ember might be the right accounting solution for you.
What is a fixed term contract?
In this guide we will look at what a fixed term contract is, the rights and regulations for employees, key things employers and employees need to know while using fixed term contracts, and what happens when the contract ends.
Do startups need accountants?
When running a business, it can be tempting to hand the accounting over to someone else rather than losing time trying to make sense of the figures — but it's worth considering whether giving total control to an outsider is better than understanding everything yourself.
What are business accounting services?
Do you know your accountant from your accounting software? In this guide, we cover everything from the different accounting services available and where you can get these services from.
A comprehensive guide to IR35
This guide will give you a stripped-back, all-you-need-to-know overview of IR35, what it is and what it means for your limited company.
How soon after I file my Corporation Tax Return is payment due?
In this guide, we're taking a look at what exactly Corporation Tax is, who needs to pay it, when it's due and how best to prepare and pay this tax obligation.
How Coronavirus will change the contractor landscape
As we return to a sense of 'cautious optimism,' we take a look at what the post-Covid economy looks like in the UK and, most importantly, what it means for contractors and self-employed people.
Ember is open for business.
After a seed round of fundraising and months of development, Ember is live! While we hatched the idea for Ember before any sign of Covid-19, we're hoping our platform will give contractors one less thing to worry about – their dreaded admin – in such uncertain times.
We have raised £1.6 million to redefine the future of small business
2021 is off to a strong start 🔥. Today we are super excited to announce our seed funding round, led by FinTech VC Anthemis.
IR35 – What's next?
The next phase of IR35 was due to come into force just a few weeks ago, but as a result of coronavirus, it's been postponed by a year. With the situation in flux, we're keeping a close eye on developments. Read on to learn more about what might happen next.
COVID-19 tax relief for small businesses & self-employed people: Everything you need to know
As the world temporarily transforms, it's useful to know how the UK tax system is adapting and what that might mean for you as a small business owner or self-employed person.
IR35 delay: Some respite amongst the COVID-19 chaos
The government has announced a 12-month delay to the IR35 regulations, which were due to come into force next month.
All the confusing contractor terms explained
There are lots of benefits to contracting – a wide variety of work, no bosses to answer to, and infinite opportunity to work from home – but it can also be a complex world to navigate. We've clarified some of the important things you need to know.
What does 2020 hold for Open Banking?
As 2010 and beyond saw the advent of Open Banking, 2020 will be the decade for sustained and conscious maturation of the digital banking world.
Last minute Christmas Party ideas for contractors
Few contractors are aware that it actually PAYS to throw your own Christmas bash, even if that's just you cosying up to a roast and bottle of red in your favourite pub.
Tax-saving hacks for contractors
Contractors, did you know that it PAYS to work from home and throw your own Christmas party? Check out our top 10 little-known expenses that can save you money in tax deductions.
6 simple steps to setting up your company as a contractor
Are you thinking of taking the leap from employee to contractor? If you're finding it difficult to know where to start, start here: our simple 6-step guide to setting yourself up as a contractor.
We are fully funded!
Led by the Startup Funding Club alongside a small group of angel investors, we've raised £250k to get Ember off the ground and into the hands of modern contractors across the UK.
The world of work is changing, and the modern workplace (or lack thereof) has never been as exciting as it is today. Everything about business is opening up… Everything, except accounting.