HF Holidays highlight winter breaks

HF Holidays highlight winter breaks

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 14:00

HF Holiday...

Flybe puts more summer 2017 routes on sale

Flybe puts more summer 2017 routes on sa…

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 11:00

Flybe has put more early release routes on sale as part of its preliminary summer 2017 schedule.

YHA submits plans for London’s first ‘Super Hostel’

YHA submits plans for London’s first ‘Su…

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 08:00

A planning application has been submitted by YHA (England and Wales) to open its first Super Hostel in London.

£2.3million immigration hall upgrade plans at Bristol Airport

£2.3million immigration hall upgrade pla…

Monday, 24 October 2016 14:00

Following a major overhaul of the security search area for departing passengers, Bristol Airport has unveiled plans to address congestion in arrivals.

Intrepid targets socially conscious Gen Z with new Geckos age-range

Intrepid targets socially conscious Gen …

Monday, 24 October 2016 11:00

30 year olds will be ‘too old’ for Geckos Adventures next year, as the Intrepid Group has announced that it will cut the age range to meet a growing demand...

New survey reveals just one in 12 Brits manage to wangle an upgrade

New survey reveals just one in 12 Brits …

Monday, 24 October 2016 08:40

New research from Jetcost.co.uk has revealed that only 8% of British travellers have actually managed to secure a free upgrade for their holiday, with flight upgrades and hotel room upgrades...

Just You launches travel trade solo experience

Just You launches travel trade solo expe…

Friday, 21 October 2016 14:00

Just You has announced its largest investment to support the travel trade with the launch of 200 joint marketing events to promote solo travel.

Spontaneous people are happier according to Snaptrip survey

Spontaneous people are happier according…

Friday, 21 October 2016 11:00

Spontaneous people are often believed to lead more exciting or glamorous lifestyles and a new study has confirmed that they are happier in all aspects of their lives.

Top Brighton attractions on Combi-Saver tickets for half term

Top Brighton attractions on Combi-Saver …

Friday, 21 October 2016 09:00

Visitors to Brighton this October half term can save up to 20% on its top three paid-for attractions with combination tickets now available for British Airways i360, SEA LIFE Brighton...

Free cabin upgrades with Cosmos Tours

Free cabin upgrades with Cosmos Tours

Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:00

There still’s time for agents to book a Croisieurope river cruise for their customers with a free cabin upgrade on a range of river cruises throughout Europe, when booked with...

Last minute autumn breaks available at Haven

Last minute autumn breaks available at H…

Thursday, 20 October 2016 11:00

Agents can still give their customers a last minute family break this autumn from £99 when booking a Haven holiday between now and November 5.

Skiers urged to head east for best piste costs reveals new report

Skiers urged to head east for best piste…

Thursday, 20 October 2016 08:00

Cash-conscious skiers can avoid the slippery slope of higher prices for their annual downhill trip by heading to ski resorts in Eastern Europe.

Design an anniversary poster for DFDS competition

Design an anniversary poster for DFDS co…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:00

Ferry operator, DFDS, is putting out a call to professional and amateur artists to create a poster that will be used in their 150th anniversary celebrations this year.

Savings on worldwide adventures with Explore

Savings on worldwide adventures with Exp…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 11:00

Explore has launched a new collection of worldwide adventures with a launch offer of up to 10% discount on all new trips booked by November 7.

New route to Seattle makes it one to watch for 2017

New route to Seattle makes it one to wat…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 09:12

Seattle is expected to be one of the fastest growing US destinations for UK travellers next year with a Virgin Atlantic direct non-stop daily flight launching March 2017, new hotel...

Air Transat launches 2017 programme with increased connections across Canada

Air Transat launches 2017 programme with…

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:04

Air Transat has expanded its programme of flights from the UK to Canada with increased capacity and connections for travel in 2017.

In recent years, many travel agents have gone independent and taken the leap into self-employment. Like the self-employed in any sector, going freelance requires a lot of commitment, including long hours, a high level of industry knowledge and a certain amount of risk.

On the plus side, your independence allows you to work from anywhere you please and be your own boss, with any significant successes and profits you earn yours alone.

However, when a full time employee goes into self-employment, their outgoing costs continue as normal, but their incomings can become unstable. Companies like Boox are there to keep things steady during these periods of uncertainty, by providing a fast and simple service for freelancers to set up and run a tax-efficient business.

The easy-to-use service allows self-employed travel agents to focus on other parts of their businesses and their lives, rather than spending hours worrying about the tax man each month. It combines the benefits of a cloud-based portal with unlimited access to a personal accountant, who can make balancing your books more transparent and removes much of the hassle often associated with contending against an automated system.
Setting up
Boox can guarantee the complete setup of a limited company within four hours of initiation (or if the company formation request comes in after 13:00, then the next morning). If you don’t already have a business bank account, then Boox can help you set one up. Boox prides itself on its speed and efficiency, and this is in evidence throughout the service – after incorporation, they understand that the quicker the business can get invoicing, the quicker it can be paid.
The portal is divided across eight sections, which includes Invoices, Expenses, Banking, Taxes, Pay Yourself and Reports. Each section has a top-level dashboard, which below includes wider functions and reporting. The My Boox section will allow you to contact your personal accountant or amend your company’s details. Each section is self-explanatory and users have the Help section if you run into any issues, which is packed with useful articles. However, most features are fairly easy to work out even for those totally unfamiliar with accounting administration.

The dashboards use charts to explain relevant data, which is presented alongside tables that list other important data such as expenses. The Home dashboard shows graphical representations of monthly sales, expenses, and sales-minus-expenses (profit), so you can see exactly how you’re doing each month with a single glance. Helpfully, it also shows tax liabilities for VAT, PAYE/NIC and other important administrative figures.
Raising invoices and expenses is straightforward, and there is even a ‘quick invoice/expense’ function if you need to just drop in and out. Users also have control over the way invoices are generated and numbered, and there is a ‘Favourites’ section that allows you to favourite and clone invoices if you have repeat clients, removing another layer of complication.  
In addition, your own personal accountant makes time-consuming bank account management straightforward, as your statements are reconciled automatically with your business.

All in all the service offers an uncomplicated way for self-employed travel agents to  manage their businesses finances and taxes. The online portal itself is accessible from any internet-connected computer, and it is intuitive and easy-to-use enough for any self-employed individual to find useful. It is available from £69.50 plus VAT per month, which includes 24-hour access to the online accounting portal, and a dedicated personal accountant. There is also a 14-day free trial available from www.boox.co.uk, to test the service for yourself before you commit.

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