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FAQ COVID19 self employed

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FAQs for the self employed

  • First Published: 27th March

Last Updated: See below 

As we get answers to questions (or have new advice), we’ll add them here and send out a WhatsApp broadcast, so we can help as many people as possible. Follow this link to join the broadcast list:


6th May 2020

Application details are now on this page

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Frequently asked questions (FAQS) – Employers, Directors, Business premises grant, Loans

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  • First Published: 23rd March 11:45

Last Updated: See below 

As we get answers to questions (or have new advice), we’ll add them here and send out a WhatsApp broadcast, so we can help as many people as possible. Follow this link to join the broadcast list:


2 June 2020

New updates to the furlough scheme – here

29th March 09:50

Further details on furlough for directors – here

Furlough for employees in public funding sector – here

26th March 20:30

Self Employment summary – added to the self employed section below

Watch Martin Lewis on ITV at 20:30 

26th March 16:45

Tool kit for employers, provided by HR specialists Peninsula

25th March 19:45

Self employed support package to be announced tomorrow. Will watch and digest in the evening with a view to update on Friday.

24th March 07:30

Further layout changes into categories. More detail on furloughed employees and assistance for employers (inc director only businesses). Slight revisions to grant pages (we do think it’s an idea to speak to your local authority, even though gov advice is to wait). Although putting extra strain on gov resources may be a negative.

23rd March 19:45

Layout changes to make it easier to read. Answers to questions about grants and self employed help.
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How to get added to our WhatsApp broadcasts

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We are using WhatsApp broadcasting feature to send out updates, as we make them, instantly. We urge you to join.

It’s much easier and faster than sending out emails – it’ll also help keep inboxes clearer.

To get added to our list:

  1. Download WhatsApp if you haven’t already done so :
  2. Send us a WhatsApp message to 07860039927 – saying you want to be added to the broadcast list or use this quick link :,%20please%20add%20me%20to%20your%20WhatsApp%20broadcast%20
  3. Add this number (07860039927) to your contacts – this is important, if you don’t do this step, you won’t get messages. This is WhatsApps way of preventing spam messages
  4. How to add a contact: iPhone / Android

Covid-19: What can I do now? Plus useful links and numbers:

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Published: 18th March 2020

Last updated: 20th March 2020 (morning amendments in italics – text in blue is as at 18:30 (which is mainly a summary of the press conference – we’ll know more as information is released early next week) re: government support – this is one of those unusual situations where we only know info as it’s officially released – which you can also follow using the gov link below

22nd March 2020: Layout changes and amendments.

Remember, we’re all in this together. We can help each other get through it. If you need to talk, just call 01392927647

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How to: Process a purchase invoices (Bill) into Xero

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Use the + sign (“Bill”) or the “New Bill” button to quickly create a new bill:

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You should now drag and drop a copy of the invoice onto this page, once you have done this it should look like this (you can also add a file previously uploaded to the Xero Library):

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Now you should enter the details of the invoice, making sure you enter ALL of the following:

  • Who the invoice is from in the ‘from’ section
  • The invoice date and due date (if there is no due date then please enter one at the invoice date) in the ‘Date’ and ‘Due Date’ sections
  • The invoice or reference number in the ‘Reference’ section
  • A brief description of what the invoice is for (i.e. ‘advertisement campaign’) if the ‘Description’ column
  • Enter the value of the invoice in the ‘Unit Price’ column
  • If there is VAT on the invoice (and you’re VAT registered) then you can select ‘Tax Inclusive’ from the dropdown menu ‘Amounts are’ and then select the rate of VAT (usually ‘20% VAT on Expenses’) in the ‘Tax Rate’ column, then please ensure that the VAT listed on the invoice matches the VAT calculated by Xero. If you’re not VAT registered, enter the gross amount and leave as No VAT.
  • Select the account which the invoice relates to in the ‘Account’ column, if you are unsure then select ‘General Expenses’ – or save as a draft and ask Love Accountancy

The screenshot below should be a guide to what information needs to be entered:

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Once you have finished click on the approve button, the invoice should now be added to Xero!!!

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