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Growth online guides and resources

Growth Online

The internet is one of a business’s greatest assets, thanks to the abundance of material online to support them.

The following can help as you look to grow your business.

Reduce your business mileage

Find out how much money you could save by reducing your business mileage with the Sustainable Routes calculator.

Enterprise nation: Go and Grow Online

Enterprise Nation presents ‘19 ways to embrace the web and make the most of the digital opportunity’. The guide provides a blueprint for how to go about growing your business by embracing the online world. All of the tools recommended are either free or available on a small business budget.

Marketing plan template

A marketing plan will help you to create a strategy for the growth you want to achieve. We have put together a comprehensive marketing plan template that business owners can use to create a marketing plan.

Business plan template

This guide will not only support you as you put together your business plan, but also as you adapt it over time to meet the growing needs of your business.

Business Model Canvas

The Business Model Canvas is a strategic management and entrepreneurial tool that allows you to design your business model and see how each aspect of your business interacts with the next – all on one easy-to-use page.

Information available at Buckinghamshire Libraries

Local libraries are packed with excellent tools and support for business owners, much of which is accessed online. This includes market research profiles on over 150 sectors, access to data on businesses for use in sales and marketing campaigns, a database of legislation and legal news, books on management techniques and scanning and photocopying facilities. Wi-Fi is available in all libraries and the majority of services are free.

Support from HMRC

YouTube and HMRC

Video guides on topics like PAYE, record keeping, VAT, completing tax returns, taking on employees, motoring costs, patents and more.

Business emails

Business Help and Education Emails is a free service that provides you with emails from HMRC that are tailored to your needs. You can sign up to receive emails on trading online, trading with other countries, employing someone, VAT, being self employed, the construction industry and being a director and HMRC will send you relevant information.

Simple record keeping and Income Tax applications

To help small businesses with record keeping, HMRC has worked with software suppliers that have produced simple record keeping applications, some of which meet the specifications necessary for documenting expenses or for when using cash basis. Many of the applications are free and are compatible with mobile devices.

Self-employed tax bill ready reckoner

The ready reckoner tool is for self-employed people who have no other taxable income and are entitled to a basic Personal Allowance. You fill in your estimated weekly or monthly profit and it shows you roughly how much money you’ll need to meet your Income Tax and Class 4 National Insurance bill.

Tax help facts sheets

A wide-ranging collection of downloadable leaflets, factsheets and booklets issued by HMRC.

Simpler income tax: cash basis

Using cash basis means that small, unincorporated businesses with incomes of less than £82,000 per annum only need to declare money when it comes in and out of their business. If this is you, it means that at the end of the tax year you won’t have to pay Income Tax on money you didn’t receive in your accounting period. This is opposed to traditional accounting.

Simpler income tax: simplified expenses

Simplified expenses are a way of calculating some of your business expenses using flat rates instead of working out your actual business costs. This is particularly useful where there is a mix of business and private use, e.g. motoring expenses, use of home for business.

Business records for the self-employed

The records you must keep of your business incomes and outgoings for your Self Assessment return if you’re self-employed.