Jera’s Jamboree review : Business Bites ~ Finance for small business by Emily Coltman

finance for small businessFinance for Small Business

A straight-talking guide to finance and accounting

By: Emily Coltman
ISBN: 9781908003201
Published: 20/02/2012
Format(s): Paperback, ePub

Enterprise Nation

Is fear of the money side of running a business holding you back? Would you love to turn your passion into a small business, but are frightened of getting on the wrong side of the taxman? Do you run a small business and find it’s a desperate struggle to keep all your paperwork in the right place, never mind work out how much tax you should pay each year?

In this friendly, informative book, bilingual qualified accountant Emily Coltman guides you through what you need to know on the finance and accounting side when you’re setting up and running a small business.

Emily speaks plain English as well as accountants jargon! She has many years experience of helping small business owners with their finance and accounting, and this book is written for anyone running a small business for whom double entry might as well be double Dutch!

This book explains the different ways a business can be set up and structured legally and what the advantages and disadvantages of each kind of structure are, including the different taxes that each has to pay, and when those taxes have to be paid.

It looks at where you might find the money to start or grow your business, and why you might choose the different sources.

There are suggestions for how to organise your paperwork and advice on what records you need to keep and for how long.

You hear how to keep on the right side of the taxman, what expenses you can and can’t claim tax relief on, and how to claim tax relief when you buy equipment for your business – and what ‘tax relief’ actually is!

This easy-to-read bitesize guide answers all the tax and accounting questions you have – and those you haven’t thought of yet.


I downloaded this book recently as I needed information in respect of registering Fiction Addiction Book Tours and I have to say that for £2, I found the exact information I needed and in an easily accessible format.

Written with humour (yes really), we’re taken through how tax affects the option you’ve chosen (ie sole trader, partnership, limited liability and limited company), where to get your start-up costs as well as the paperwork/accounts that are needed.  Having had an accounts background BC (before children) I wasn’t too worried about this side of things although the tax relief information is something I knew nothing about.

Interspersed with snippets of true stories, I’ve found  this ‘Business Bite’ very informative.  If you’re thinking about setting up a small business but don’t know where to start, I recommend you visit Enterprise Nation and check out the reasonably priced resources.

More about Enterprise Nation:

Enterprise Nation provides support for UK homegrown businesses through its books, events and on its website.

Whether you’re dreaming of becoming your own boss, turning a talent into a business or taking over the world from your kitchen table, Enterprise Nation can help.

There’s lots of free business advice on our website, events where you can learn about starting up or ‘going global‘, and books for any kind of business in our bookshop. We can even help you with your marketing. Add your business – whatever stage it’s at – to our free business marketplace, and we’ll help you get found on the web.

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