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2021: A Big Year for Coconut and Our Accountant Partners

2021 will be a year that we’ll remember at Coconut for a while. This year saw a big change in our business come to fruition.

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We’ve Evolved: Meet Coconut 2.0

Join us on 15th December to find out how Coconut has evolved over the past 12 months, what our plans are for the future, and how “Coconut 2.0” will make it easier than ever for self-employed people—and their accountants—to manage their finances.

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Tech-savvy Accounting Firm Gets More Done in Less Time with Coconut

“The key thing for all accountants is time saving and efficiency, because there are never enough hours in a day I think any accountant who looks into Coconut will realise the potential time saving is massive.”

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How Coconut helped the barefoot accountant (and their clients) run smoother, plan smarter, and prepare for Making Tax Digital

The barefoot accountant provides accountancy services to creative sole traders who just want to be fabulously creative and not worry about the boring stuff. Operating from a shop front in Hertfordshire, the firm delivers personalised tax and accountancy services in a relaxed and judgement-free zone.

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A uniquely sole trader problem

Imagine if clients and you could un-muddle business and personal without having to open a new bank account?

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What’s the New Health and Social Care Levy and How Are the Self-Employed Affected?

The prime minister has outlined his plans which have now been approved by MPs to increase National Insurance contributions to invest in health and social care across the UK over the next 3 years.

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Budget 2021: Financial support available for self-employed people

The SEISS has been extended until September, and there has been one significant change for the better. The grant has been extended to ~600,000 people who were previously excluded by including those who filed a 2019/20 Self-Assessment tax return by midnight 2nd March.

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Self employment is how self-taught jeweller, Esh, is shaping her future

Self-taught jeweler, Esh, speaks to us about the complexities of building her own jewelery business. But also, how rewarding the process has been.

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A change of focus for a photography business facing challenging times

For Paul, Covid-19 has brought many collaborations that will help his business to boom once the pandemic is over. Find out how he's adapted in this interview.

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How Ben got his zest for his career by going freelance, at just 19

Freelancing can be really liberating and often helps people to take control of their careers. But how does that work if you start freelancing at the very beginning of your career? Find out by taking a look at Ben's story.

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How going freelance allowed Katy to live the life she dreamed

Like many, going freelance allowed Katy to live the life that she has always wanted. From flexibility to reclaiming your time, there are plenty of benefits.

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3 challenges self-employed people face — and how to overcome them

Self employed people come across plenty of challenges when they're building a business from the ground up. Find out how to overcome them in our latest blog.

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How redundancy gave John the push he needed to go freelance

Redundancy leaves many people feeling stuck and unsure what to do next. Instead of waiting for a new opportunity, why not create one? That's what John did.

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Digital adoption: How fitness instructor Elle Linton adapted during Covid-19

Find out how fitness instructor Elle Linton adapted her business when covid-19 hit the UK this year and the role that digital played in making it happen.

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New to invoicing

We’ve made some improvements to the Coconut invoicing tool to give you even more control and flexibility when it comes to getting paid.

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Why you need to complete your tax profile in Coconut for a more accurate tax estimate

Coconut gives you a personal tax estimate for sole traders, and a corporation tax estimate for limited companies. Make sure you set it up right, here's how.

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You can now accept card payments by adding PayPal to your Coconut invoices

To help speed up payments, we’ve teamed up with PayPal. You can now add card payments as an option to your invoices.

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All your business finances in one place

You can now connect 20 different current accounts and credit cards to Coconut in just a few taps and manage all of your business finances in one place.

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Changing the game: connect any bank account to Coconut.

Connect up to 20 current accounts and credit cards to Coconut and manage all of your business finances in one place. Make the most of our bookkeeping and tax tools no matter who you choose to bank with.

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7 reasons why self-employment is the future

Roughly one in seven workers are self-employed. With this set to rise by another 15% in the next year, it is almost certainly the future of work.

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Self-employment stories

Clyde is a chef working in London. He used to work in the kitchen of one of Britain’s top private banks before he decided to make the move to self-employment.

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Taking control in 2019: Work resolutions worth sticking to

We look at a couple of resolutions which might just make self-employed life in 2019 a little more enjoyable, efficient and most importantly, productive.

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Invoicing, by Coconut

We've added invoicing to the Coconut app, making it one place you can go for your banking, bookkeeping, and now to get paid by your clients.

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Open Banking: The money revolution of the century

Coconut has won the final stage of Nesta’s Open Banking Challenge: Open Up. We’ve won £250k so far from the previous three stages. What does it mean for our customers? More here...

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Is a rentable workspace right for you and your business?

Rentable workspaces are making more appearances in some of the larger UK towns and cities. We speak to some industry players, as well as some people who have used this style of working.

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Overcoming imposter syndrome

Katy Carlisle from Freelance Folk looks at how 'imposter syndrome' can affect people who are self-employed, and discovers what other freelancers and small business owners do when they’re doubting themselves.

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What is it really like to be a digital nomad?

What is living life as a 'digital nomad' really like? And why is this work revolution on the rise? Coconut speaks to three freelancers who have lived and breathed the lifestyle, and give their advice to those considering the leap.

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September Product Update

This product update features the news that Android is now live in the Google Play Store, invoicing is coming soon, and we're launching Limited Company accounts. Get in touch if you'd like to be the first to try it out.

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August Product Update 2018

We're paving the way for new features. Here's our latest product update to the Coconut app; helping you to run your business more effectively.

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Android Launch Roadmap

Coconut for Android is here! We’ve started opening accounts, and this month we’ll be inviting everyone on our waiting list to apply. Here’s an update with a firmer timeline on when all the features will be ready.

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July Product Update

Another exciting product update from Coconut. We welcomed a new board member, started testing an early version of our Android app, and developed a few new extra features that will benefit everyone.

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On the importance of primary keys & following processes

Quality is super important to us at Coconut and is something that we try to do really well. Here's how we reacted to (and what we learned from) a technical issue.

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May Product Update

In our product update for Mat 2018, we talk about our latest app release. We’ve primarily focused on adapting and tweaking existing features so they work better for you.

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How we handle your personal data

we wanted to tell you about some updates we're making to our app and policies that give you more control over how we contact you and more visibility over the personal data we hold.

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Coconut's Beta Launch: what next?

Coconut's Beta is live! We're rolling out accounts for sole traders with iPhones as we speak. At our launch party I gave a presentation and here are the highlights.

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Coconut's Diverse Community

The Coconut community is now at 5,500 and growing so we wanted to share some insights.

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How to Beat Procrastination – and the Science Behind It

Can you ever avoid procrastination? We find out how to beat procrastination and why our mind constantly tries to distract us.

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2016 Freelance News in Review

A lot happened in 2016. Some of it to freelancers. The Autumn Statement, Brexit, the many employment reviews - 2016 may have ended, but its impact hasn’t.

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Can I ever own a home as a freelancer?

Can I get a mortgage as a freelancer? Yes. Will it be easy? No. But that’s not an exclusive issue for the freelancer demographic.

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25 mistakes new freelancers always make

Freelancing can seem daunting, especially if you are going it alone for the first time. Making mistakes is part of any job, and freelancing is no different.

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Banishing my freelance loneliness

Flying solo is pretty great. But how do freelancers look after their own mental health when it’d be all too easy to let the loneliness rule our lives?

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