Made Not Born’s Blog

Financial issues that keep you awake No.5 – Finding funding

Today we’re continuing our countdown of the financial concerns that affect business owners’ sleep patterns.   The data comes from KPMG Small Business Accounting, who interviewed 250 business leaders to see what keeps them awake at night.   Today’s concern, at number 5 on the list, is raising finance for growth or expansion.   14.2% […]

Financial issues that keep you awake No.6 – Up-to-date bookkeeping

I’ve been reading a report from KPMG Small Business Accounting about how finance-related concerns affect business owners’ sleep patterns.   From a survey of 250 business leaders, the report looks at the issues that affect them the worst, the approaches they’ve taken to get a better night’s sleep, and the impact it’s had on their […]

Confused by the budget?

It’s a practical advice day today.   After the budget announcement yesterday, it looks like National Insurance contributions for self-employed workers will go up.   This is obviously not good news for small business owners.   However, apparently any business losing their small business rate relief will benefit from a cap, which prevents the rate […]

Employers! Do you know what you want?

Some straight-up advice for employers today.   It’s a lesson in what not to do during the recruitment process.   It might sound a little “ranty”, but it’s not, I promise.   A few years ago I applied for a copywriting job at an ecommerce company.   I met all the criteria in the job […]

Sheer genius? Ed knows his target market

According to The Official Chart update, all 16 tracks from Ed Sheeran’s new album Divide (÷) have charted in the UK Top 40.   Nine of the Top 10 songs are by Sheeran. Crazy days.   One of them, Galway Girl, is a strange novelty effort with half-rapped lyrics that namecheck Dublin’s Grafton Street with […]