Charlie Braithwaite

Charlie Braithwaite

Charlie is a copywriting guru for a range of global businesses—from multinational banks to innovative digital disruptors, and everything in-between.

A collection of 23 posts

OSS or IOSS? VAT One-Stop-Shop Rules for E-commerce in the EU

Since July 2021, the European Union’s (EU) existing VAT rules have been replaced by two new alternatives: the One-Stop-Shop (OSS) scheme, and the Import One-Stop-Shop (IOSS) scheme.

5 min read

The Ultimate List of Grants That Small Businesses Can Apply for in 2021 By Location

This is the definitive list of grants that UK-based small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can apply for in 2021. This article will first look at UK-wide grants, then delve into grants available by nation, and finally, will examine grants available for each English region.

15 min read

Tips To Sell Well on Amazon by 4 Successful Amazon Sellers

When it comes to selling your products on Amazon, there’s clearly a lot of money to be made. But prospective sellers face stiff competition. There are over 9.7 million Amazon market sellers worldwide. So, how can you stand out amongst the crowd—and most importantly, how can you be successful?

7 min read

What’s the Cost of Living for a Foreign Business Owner in the UK?

The UK is an attractive place to settle given its fairly high standards of living, state healthcare system, and reasonably strong economy. However, if you’re a foreign business owner considering moving to the UK then there’s another major factor that you must first consider: the cost of living.

3 min read

A Guide to Changing Company Name and Information

Change is part and parcel of business—so you need to know how to change your company name and information in order to stay fully compliant with HMRC and Companies House going forward.

4 min read

7 Questions on Accounting, Taxes & Brexit Answered

Osome’s own Senior Accountant, Taimur Ghafoor answers FAQs by e-commerce business owners from all around the world ranging from when the best time to get an accountant is, to what expenses are allowable for e-commerce owners.

7 min read

How Online Sellers Can Get Ready for EU VAT Changes in July 2021

The EU is set to introduce a new eCommerce VAT package that will come into effect on the 1st of July 2021. Understanding your VAT requirements is already a tough task, especially if you specialise in cross-border eCommerce. Unfortunately, however, it’s about to become even more complex.

7 min read

What You Need To Know About Changes To Prompt Payment Code

Large businesses often get into the habit of paying their suppliers late. But why? Well, put simply, because they can. Late payments are so addictive that they have even been described as “the crack cocaine for larger companies”.

4 min read

How SMEs Are Coping With The Economic Fallout Of COVID-19

With the UK being one of the hardest-hit nations, British SMBs have felt the full brunt of this COVID-19-related economic fallout. Let’s explore how they’ve coped throughout this period.

2 min read

A Guide to Financing for UK Businesses Importing and Exporting Globally

Times are tough for UK businesses that trade internationally, whether it’s contending with the new Brexit regulations or dealing with the knock-on effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. But don’t worry, there’s help out there—provided you know where to look.

2 min read

New Tax Year 2021: What Small Businesses Need To Know

The recent budget will be much appreciated by thousands of businesses across the country, with reductions in VAT for the hospitality sectors, and the introduction of the ‘super deduction’ tax break, among others.

6 min read

7 Tax Rules UK Freelancers Should Be Aware of in 2021

When you work for a company, they handle all taxes under the PAYE scheme. As a freelancer, however, this burden falls back on you — so it’s crucial you understand what your tax obligations are.

10 min read

What Small Medium Businesses Should Know About UK Budget 2021

What does the budget mean for UK SMBs? And what can they do with it? Let's explore.

8 min read

What Businesses Need To Know About Data Regulation Post-Brexit

The UK's general data protocol remains largely in line with the guidelines in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), although there are new standards to be aware of.

3 min read

Brexit: What are the Current Customs Processes To Take Note of?

The UK will become a separate customs territory by 1st January 2021, so customs procedures as you know them will undergo changes.

3 min read

A Checklist of What Employers Should Do After Brexit

Your company may have employees with citizenships outside the UK who work for you. How would Brexit impact you as an employer and what can you do to prepare your staff?

4 min read

Brexit: Tariffs Depending on Where Your Goods Originate

Post-Brexit, UK SMBs need to know about the Rule of Origins to find out if they have to pay tariffs. This matter is perhaps more complex than it might initially appear—so let’s delve into it in more detail.

3 min read

Post-Brexit VAT Rules for UK and EU E-Commerce Businesses on Amazon and Online Marketplaces

From the 1st January 2021, all E-commerce sellers and marketplaces have to abide by new VAT rules when exporting goods based in the EU into the UK. The VAT rules depend on many conditions. Let’s unpack them.

4 min read

Post-Brexit VAT Rules UK Businesses Need To Take Note Of

If you consider your company an SMB, you may be asking, “Will there be VAT after Brexit?”. This article will touch on the major regulatory changes for VAT which all UK and EU businesses need to be aware of after Brexit in 2021 onwards.

9 min read

Should I Pay Corporation Tax with My Personal Credit Card or Company Card?

When it comes to actually submitting your payment, you might be wondering whether it’s best to use your personal credit card or your company card. Does it even matter? And if so, why?

7 min read

A Guide to How Small Companies in UK Can Survive Lockdown 3.0

Entering into the 3rd lockdown, times are tough. If businesses are to survive, they need to make use of the special government lockdown grants available to them. We take you through 4 useful ones.

7 min read

7 Tips for Improving the Accuracy of Your Accounting for Small Businesses in the UK

If you want to achieve better accuracy in terms of your accounting, heed these advice reviewed suggested and reviewed by our expert in-house accountants.

10 min read

Just for Startups: Grants, Incentives & Tax Reliefs

Startups are at the heart of the UK economy, so know that you’ll never walk alone with the government supporting you through grants, and tax incentives.

7 min read

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