Focus on managing your energy, rather than your time

You can only spend your time in a productive, effective manner if you have enough energy to do so. Most people respond to the increasing demands in their day to day jobs by putting in longer hours. This takes a toll on us physically, mentally and emotionally.  Over time this can lead to increasing levels...

Setting Up a New Hire for Success

No one has a bigger impact on a new employee’s success than the manager who hired them. Here are some tips on how to set your new hires up to succeed. Investing time in on-boarding brings new employees up to speed faster, which means they’re more quickly and efficiently able to contribute to the business....

Connect effectively in the digital age

It’s time to rethink how we connect with customers, suppliers, colleagues and the business community. The way we work is becoming increasingly digital. Today it is pretty normal for people to work remotely at least one day per week and this is just the tip of the iceberg. As the future of work looks set...

Making a Will

Making a Will is one of the most important aspects of wealth planning, yet many people do not always have one! A Will is an essential means of ensuring that your assets are distributed in accordance with your wishes.  You will thus be assured that you have made proper provision for all those you feel...

Business Tax Planning Strategies

In circumstances where the owners of a business are the shareholders, there is considerable scope for deciding how profits should be taken out of a company. Firstly, this involves deciding whether to take profit as a salary and/or a dividend. There are many factors we consider when reviewing whether it is better to take a...

Get on top of your credit control with our 2 month free Chaser trial

Here at Rawcliffe’s, we only use the best of breed apps to deliver our clients the solutions they need. Chaser is one such app – cloud credit control software to get your invoices paid sooner. Chaser automates chasing unpaid invoices via email, without losing the human touch. Its very user friendly, easy to implement and we’re confident...

Effective multi-tasking

In today’s fast-paced business world, here are some tips to help you to be more effective at multi tasking. Over the past 10 years or so businesses have become leaner by reducing employee numbers, focusing on efficiency and increasing the demands on their staff. An increased workload forces us to multitask, which may be effective...

Managing difficult people

Managing difficult people can be time consuming and emotionally draining. You can’t reason with an unreasonable person. However, there is usually some underlying reason that is motivating them to behave in a difficult manner. Try to identify the person’s trigger. What is stopping them from co-operating with you? It may be helpful to set up...

How to increase your prices without losing customers

Costs around running a business goes up every year, but when was the last time you decided to increase your prices ? Many business owners and managers worry that if they were to increase prices, they would lose customers. However, customers will often be willing to pay a higher price if they are getting great value for their...

ADVISORY FUEL RATE FOR COMPANY CARS

In line with recent reductions in fuel prices, HMRC have reduced their suggested reimbursement rates for employees’ private mileage using their company car from 1 March 2019. Where there has been a change the previous rate is shown in brackets. Note that for hybrid cars you must use the petrol or diesel rate.  You can...