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How to Build a Property Portfolio on a Shoestring
Tuesday 31 July, 6:30 - 8:30pm
We all want to be happy, live rich and fulfilling lives and realize our dreams, yet relatively few people ever achieve this. It’s also well known that most wealthy individuals - who are in a position to achieve their dreams - make their fortunes either directly or indirectly through investing in property. How do you go about doing the same with only limited resources?
By the end of this talk, you will understand the real reason that prevents most people from investing in property, so that you can start moving forwards in your property journey right now.
Incorporating Google Maps and Google My Business into Your SEO Efforts
Tuesday 28 August, 6:30 - 8:30pm
SEO, or Search Engine Optimisation, is a very effective long-term strategy to promote your business. However, keyword research needs to be done first and the SEO process can take a while to "kick in". For new businesses the delay can cause problems.
So this month, experienced SEO coach Mike Loomey of 3 in 1 SEO will not only explain how SEO works but will look in depth at Google Maps & Google My Business. In addition he will also recommend some other free methods that web owners might use to promote their business with more immediate effect than SEO. For example, Mike will reveal the names of the UK's 30 most popular citation sites which will list you without charge and bring in some instant traffic.
How COBRA can help you
COBRA offers easy to understand and comprehensive factsheets and guides for anyone thinking about starting a small business or working in one.
The 'Business Opportunity Profiles' are ideal for the job seeker and for interview preparation, with detailed information on qualifications and skills, market and trading issues and useful contacts. The 'Business Information Factsheets' and 'Business Legal Library' cover trading issues such as raising and managing finance, marketing and trading abroad and trading legally.
How to use COBRA
COBRA is easy to use with a simple search and a keyword search. Factsheets and guides can be viewed as a text file or downloaded as a PDF.
eBooks - free to download for Idea Store library members
Idea Store Learning Courses
Business Planning - Beginners
Run Your Own Small Business - Beginners
HM Revenue & Customs Guidance and Support
Take a look at HM Revenue and Customs guidance and support to help people in business get their tax affairs right. Unlike traditional classroom learning, you can access this modern, simplistic education at a time convenient to you, either from the comfort of your own home or on the move. You won’t have the stress of worrying about running late or finding a parking space - you can access all this information at your fingertips from the internet at home, at work or anywhere and you can revisit this learning as many times as you need. HMRC’s aim is to build your confidence on tax matters by providing easily accessible support in a variety of different formats. Look below now to find one that suits you.
HMRC have some fantastic e-learning products for people starting in business. 'Starting Your Own Business' covers everything you need to know about starting and running a business. You can work through this at your own pace and dip in and out to suit your own needs. Thousands of businesses have already used these and found they are a great way of learning.
HMRC run a wide variety of webinars (online presentations) which will help you get things right for your business from the start. Webinars last less than an hour and you can either choose between a prerecorded webinar available at any time or a live and interactive webinar where you also get the opportunity to ask questions. One of HMRC’s most popular webinars is ‘Record Keeping for the Self-Employed’.
Sign up for HMRC’s free email service. Receive a series of tax related emails at specific times to let you know what you need to do to keep your tax affairs in order. These emails remind you when you need to submit your tax returns, make payments to HMRC and what records you need to keep.
Sign up to the free email service
Record Keeping Mobile Apps
There are a range of Smart phone Record Keeping Apps supplied by third parties to help you run your business. Take a look at what’s available
Tax Help Fact Sheets
Have a look at HMRC’s Tax Help Fact Sheets. They cover a range of subjects such as Self-Assessment, Expenses and Allowances for the Self-Employed, Employing someone for the first time, VAT and Limited Companies to name a few. Take a look to see what’s available.
If you are looking for ‘bite-sized- chunks of information on a range of tax matters, why not access HMRC’s YouTube channel. There are numerous YouTube clips to help you, some lasting for less than one minute!