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Our 9 most read articles of 2020

As the year draws to a close, it’s always interesting to look back on what content really stood out for readers. Not only does it help us understand what really resonates, but it’s also a great way of collating the best of the best for you, so you can revisit useful articles or catch them again if you missed them the first time around.

2020 has been a year like no other, so many of our top performing content was specifically around the government’s schemes. For this roundup though, we’ve left most of that out, as a lot of it is now outdated. Instead, we’ve focused on a selection of practical guides and templates that can help you run your business better.

So here they are…

Getting finance

#1 The business funding options every small business should think about

For most businesses, access to cash is an almost constant worry – and even more so now – so we’re not surprised this has been a well-read piece.

This comprehensive guide rounds up 5 of the key funding solutions from business loans to invoice finance, with tangible business owner examples.

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Adapting in 2020

#2 Alone together: Keeping your team connected during lockdown

One of the biggest shifts for all businesses this year has been adjusting to working remotely. As a few weeks turned into months and then nearly a year, keeping employees motivated whilst working disparately has been a key concern.

This piece shares some examples of the ways companies are keeping their teams connected through this strange period.

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#3 Adapting to coronavirus: How businesses are pivoting in difficult times

Despite a very doom and gloom year, it’s been inspiring to see the inventive ways some businesses have pivoted their services to continue operating in this difficult climate. 

In this piece, we spoke to business owners across three key industries about the challenges and rewards of adapting in this period of isolation.

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People management

#4 How to furlough an employee

Before this year, most of us probably had never come across the word furlough. But now, it’s a term most business owners are likely very familiar with.

But how does it actually work? If you’re an employer who needs to take advantage of this scheme, here’s what you need to know.

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Cashflow

#5 What is cashflow and why is it important?

This guide uncovers the fundamentals of cashflow and take things back to basics. Even in difficult times, there are steps you can take to protect your business. 

Your cashflow is the place to start. The three-part series also looks at cashflow forecasts and managing cashflow in a crisis.

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#6 Why is cashflow important to investors?

Cashflow is the ultimate measure of how a business is doing, which makes it a vital indicator for investors when analysing whether a company is making money, or losing money.

So with cashflow giving the clearest overview of business performance, it’s vital to provide banks, lenders and private investors the most detailed view possible of your cash. This guide shows you how.

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Credit control

#7 Late payment fees

Not every business owner knows that they have a legal right to charge late payment fees. 

In this comprehensive guide we’ve got all the info you need, so if debts are not paid to you on time, you know how and when you can charge interest and compensation on overdue accounts.

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Templates you love 

#8 Overdue payment reminder

Overdue payments can cause chaos for small businesses at the best of times. And this year, when all cash is so essential, getting paid on time couldn’t be more crucial.

This piece is always a firm favourite with readers, and provides four separate overdue payment reminder templates to help you speed up your collection processes.

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#9 How to create a credit control policy 

A solid and defined credit control policy is the foundation stone for your credit control function. 

Here, we’ve outlined the five key steps for creating your policy and even provided a template – so you get paid more effectively.

Read more here

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