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A collection of 90 posts

Hire Purchase

Hire purchase is an agreement that lets you buy expensive goods without paying the whole price right away. The difference from a purchase on credit is that you do not own the item

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Book Value

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Return on Investment (ROI)

What is ROI?Return of Investment (ROI) is one of the basic metrics in financial analysis. It measures how much financial gain (or loss) an investment brings compared to the total cost of

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Bad debts

Bad debts of your business are the money that you are sure you will not collect. You only have to record the bad debts if your business sticks to the accrual accounting principle

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Chart of accounts

A chart of accounts (COA) is a list of all your company’s accounts in the general ledger, divided into subcategories, registered in a specific accounting period. For example, when your business has

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Deductible

The term “deductible” in accounting is usually applied to the expenses your company has  — “deductible expenses”. You can deduct these expenses from your profit before you report your taxable income to HMRC  — the

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Council Tax Break

What Is Council Tax & Council Tax Break? What Are Council Tax Bands? Who Pays Council Tax? How To Pay Council Tax Bill? What Is Council Tax & Council Tax Break?Council tax is

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Markup

Markup is the difference in the amount of money you paid for the product against what your customer paid for it. In other words, it is how much money you charge on top

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Liability

Liabilities are anything that your business owes to anyone — banks, suppliers, your own employees or even your clients if they launch a lawsuit against your business and the court obliges you to pay.

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Cash accounting

Cash accounting method or cash accounting basis is a way of recording your sales and purchases when you make a note about them in the ledger at the time money comes to your

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Closing balance

A closing balance is an amount of funds your business has at the end of a particular chosen accounting period — a day, a month, a quarter or a year. Once you calculate the

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Opening balance

An opening balance is the amount of funds your company has at the beginning of an accounting period you want to analyse or the one you report to the tax authority: a day,

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KPI

What is a Key Performance Indicator? Types of Key Performance Indicators What KPIs are important for my business? How do I identify relevant KPIs? Examples of KPI What is a Key Performance Indicator?

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Horizontal Merger

A horizontal merger is a merger of two companies that operate in the same industry. Let’s define how horizontal mergers work, discover why competitors could want to merge and compare a horizontal and a vertical merger.

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Ordinary Share

Ordinary shares allow shareholders to vote and to receive dividends. Let’s define the ordinary shareholders’ rights, discover ordinary shares advantage and compare them to preference shares.

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Liquidity

What are current assets and current liabilities? How to measure liquidity? How to increase liquidity? Liquidity vs solvency Liquidity is a touchstone of your company’s ability to pay its bills and debts

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Invoice

An invoice is a way to get payment from your client, for example, if you sell coffee beans to the coffee shops — you issue invoices for them to pay. Or if you have

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Billing

When you sell your goods and services, you want money for them — and bill your customers. Billing works like this: you provide a service, you issue an invoice, the customer makes the payment,

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Petty cash

Petty cash is a certain sum of money (obviously, in cash) that your business keeps at hand, in case you need to pay for some small and not expected expenses. It is better

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Ledger

A ledger, or general ledger, or general journal or just GL covers all the financial information about your company. The data on a ledger helps you guide your income and see quickly how

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Working capital

Working capital, also known as net working capital or NWC is the net liquid assets of your company — which is calculated by deducting current liabilities from the current assets. How much available working

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Invoice factoring

Invoice factoring can also be referred to as accounts receivable factoring, just factoring, or sometimes accounts receivable financing. This type of financial transaction allows a business to sell its accounts receivable (invoices) to

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National Insurance

National insurance or National insurance contributions (NIC) is a tax in the UK which both employees and employers pay. You must pay it if you fall under certain conditions, though, you can also

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Capital expenditure

Capital expenditure, or capital expense, or CAPEX is expenses your company incurs to generate benefit in the future. CAPEX goes in contrast with OPEX — which stands for the day-to-day costs of the company.

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Operating expenditure

Operating expenditure, operating expenses (OPEX) or manufacturing expenses are the costs that your company incurs while the main product of your business is being produced. OPEX include: MaterialsLabour costsMachineryThe energy needed to produce

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Non-executive Director

A non-executive director is a person in your company who is the one on the board of directors who does not have any executive powers. This person does not take part in the

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HMRC

Her Majesty’s Revenues and Customs (HMRC) is the main tax collecting authority in the UK. It is responsible for collecting: Income TaxCorporation TaxCapital Gains TaxInheritance TaxInsurance Premium TaxStamp DutyLand and Petroleum Revenue

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Exit strategy

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XBRL

XBRL — is an acronym for the eXtensible Business Reporting Language. It is a language and a framework for standard financial reporting worldwide. In Singapore filing to ACRA must be submitted in XBRL format.

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Unaudited Report

Unaudited Report — the data a company has to table to the AGM within 6 months of its financial year end. It includes a profit and loss report, balance sheet, compliance notes and director’

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UEN

UEN — Unique Entity Number, an id of a company. A 9- or 10- digits code issued by ACRA for every business in the country. UEN is the most important characteristic of a company

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Turnover

Turnover (of assets) — sales of the company within a given period, usually a month or a year. It is often used as a synonym for revenue. A business can also have inventory turnover

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Tax Haven

Tax Haven — a country that offers little or no tax for foreign individuals. They usually provide a favorable environment for both personal and corporate tax needs and do not require citizenship to benefit

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Tax Clearance

Tax clearance — a procedure to check the tax status of a person that plans to leave Singapore. If your employee is going to stop working for you in Singapore, or transfers overseas, or

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Stakeholder

Stakeholder — a person or entity that has an interest in the positive performance of a company. An example can be shareholders: they are always stakeholders as they incorporated the business in Singapore and

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Sole Proprietorship

Sole Proprietorship — is a business set up by one individual. A disadvantage is it doesn’t provide a separate legal entity. The entrepreneur thus personally owns all the risks. For example, you’d

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Share

Share — a unit of ownership in the company. Shares give a right to company’s profit: if any is declared, a company secretary distributes it proportionally to shareholders in the form of dividends.

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Quarterly Report

Quarterly Report — a reporting standard applied by the Ministry of Finance to the public listed companies. While for private companies submitting financials annually is enough, the public ones report 4 times a year.

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Public Company

Public company — a company that trades it shares on a stock exchange. That means that anybody can buy shares of the company and that their price is determined by the market. To become

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Privacy Policy

Privacy policy — an official document registering the way your company works with users’ data. It states the ways you collect, gather, use, disclose, and manage personal data. Any company set up in Singapore

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PR

Permanent Resident — immigration status with most rights second only to being a citizen. A PR holder receives nearly all vital rights except a right to vote and hold public service and most of

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Partnership

Partnership — a business structure in Singapore formed by two to twenty partners. There are several partnership types: General Partnership, Limited Partnership, or Limited Liability Partnership. They vary in terms of liability, agreements between

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Ordinary Share

Ordinary share — a type of share that gives its owner one vote and a proportional claim to company profit (if any) equal to other ordinary shareholders. If there are preference shares in the

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Offshore Account

Offshore account — a business open abroad to benefit from better conditions, such as tax reliefs, ease of opening and managing business, or lower costs. Often used with a negative connotation when describing illegal

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NRIC

NRIC — National registration identity card in Singapore. Every Singapore citizen and Permanent resident receives an NRIC. It has a unique code assigned to the document that is required among other things for online

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Nominee Director

Nominee Director (resident director) — a Singapore resident that acts as a Director of the company on paper without interfering with your decisions. A company set up in Singaporecan have as many directors as

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MTI

Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) — a government body in charge of two very large sectors of the economy, MTI has divisions dedicated to different sectors (e.g. Energy Division), international bodies (ASEAN

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MOM

Ministry of Manpower (MOM) — a government body in charge of work passes, employment practices, workplace safety and health, and statistics on labor market. How do I apply for Employment Pass?It takes MOM

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MOF

Ministry of Finance (MOF) — a government body in charge of financial regulation, country budget, and supporting business environment. ACRA and IRAS, two bodies overseeing companies set up in Singapore, are both under the

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MINLAW

Ministry of Law (MINLAW) — a government body in charge of the legal system. It also includes statutory boards in charge of Intellectual Property and Land Authority. If you are a foreigner setting up

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