Local Property Tax (LPT) Last Chance To Pay – 31 March 2014!!

If you are a residential property owner for one or more properties and you: Haven’t paid the 2012 Household Charge, or Haven’t filed and paid your 2013 and 2014 LPT, or Have undervalued your property, or Claimed an exemption you were not entitled to, you have until 31 March 2014 to bring your LPT affairs (including the Household Charge) up to date and avoid interest and penalties. This is your last opportunity to pay before Revenue launch a nationwide compliance programme. Please note that if you do not avail of this opportunity interest will be charged […]

15 Marketing Tips for Business

    1.Set daily marketing actions. 2.Get testimonials and use them. 3.Ask for referrals immediately after a great performance. 4.Always carry business cards. 5.Treat mistakes as opportunities. 6.WOW existing customers. 7.Network always everywhere. 8.Contact ex customers. 9.Market a new product/service to existing customers. 10.Analyse what is working and do more of it. 11.Surprise your best customers. 12.Sell an additional product/service when a sale is made. 13.Link up with non-competing businesses with similar clients. 14.Send regular emails to clients and prospects. 15.Set specific exclusive offers (e.g. Solicitors, Farmers, Restaurants). PDF

12 Great Startup Questions

  Am I really committed to doing this? Is this better than the competition? What will make customers buy? What is the target market? Why will customers want it? Can a trial run be done easily and cheaply? How will I market it? What are the resources that are required? What am I trying to achieve? How can I appeal to customers emotions? What are my measurable metrics/KPI’s? Where are the failure possibilities? PDF

Analyse And Improve Your Business With Financial Ratios

Ratios measure the relationship between two or more figures in the financial statements. They are used most effectively when results over a number of periods or years are compared. You will see trends or inconsistencies that might need to be addressed. The following are the main financial ratios to measure the financial health of a business. Leverage ratios 1. Debt-to-equity ratio • Total liabilities/Shareholders’ equity Measures how much debt a business is carrying as compared to the amount invested by its owners. This indicator is closely watched by banks as a measure of a business’s capacity […]

Take A Break!

According to Harvard Business Review new research indicates taking a break can be a crucial step to having more ideas. A possible explanation for is that when you work on a problem continuously, you can become fixated on previous solutions. By taking a break from the problem and focusing on something else entirely you give your mind some time to release its fixation on the same solutions and let the old pathways fade from memory. Then, when you return to the original problem, your mind is more open to new possibilities. So the next time you […]

One of the Biggest Mistakes Small Business Owners Make

  One of the biggest mistakes small business owners make is not talking enough with their accountants, according to a new survey in the U.S. The survey, by the accounting software developer Xero, polled a group of accountants, some of whom use the software and some who don’t. When asked what is the most common mistake small business owners make when it comes to their finances, 32 percent said it was only talking to their accountant during tax time (up from 25 percent last year and 18 percent in 2012), 20 percent said it was a […]

Travelling to Work by Bus or Rail?

Can or do you commute by rail or bus to work? If the answer is yes why not reduce the tax on your salary and your carbon footprint at the same time? Ianrod Eireann and Bus Eireann through their Taxsaver.ie service offer monthly or annual tickets for sale which , effectively, are “tax deductible”. Your employer has to pay for such a ticket but you would make what’s called a “salary sacrfice” by reducing you salary by an equal amount (thus re-imbursing your employer). However, you can potentially reduce the amount of PAYE, PRSI and USC normally deducted form your salary…by between a total of 31% and […]

FULLY ELECTRONIC FILING OF ACCOUNTS AVAILABLE FROM 10TH MARCH

Section 3 and 4 of the Companies (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2013, will be commenced on Monday 10th March 2014. This Act removes the requirement for accounts documents filed with the CRO to include handwritten signatures of Directors, Auditors etc and instead requires that the signatures appear in TYPED form on each document. Where accounts with typed names only are delivered to the Registrar, the Act requires them to be certified by a Director and Secretary of the company, in either electronic or written form, stating that each of the accounts documents annexed to the annual return […]

Quick Daily Marketing Ideas

Ric Willmott the Australian business consultant and author advises that you should: “Every day engage in marketing activity to attract potential clients to you and your offerings. Invest 20-40 minutes every day and the momentum will build that it actually becomes harder to stop than to continue. What can you do? Send a handwritten note to a client. Take an existing client to coffee to talk about them — not you. Give a referral to an existing client or a colleague. Ask for a referral. Ask for a testimonial. Write and disseminate a press release. Write […]

SEPA Update

The Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) is a means by which electronic payments denominated in euro are to be standardised across Europe. SEPA is operational since 1 February 2014. The Revenue Commissioners have completed the necessary works to process electronic payments within the Single Euro Payments Area. An International Bank Account Number (IBAN) and a Bank Identifier Code (BIC) will now be required to make/receive euro electronic payments i.e. Direct Debits / Credit Transfers. Where customers have already provided bank account details, using sort code and account number, to make tax payments or receive tax refunds, […]

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