Posted - 29/02/12 | 0 Comments

Will stamp hike finally squish the paper invoice?

snail crawling on invoiceMassive increases in the price of posting letters in the UK will harm small businesses.

So says the not-for-profit Forum of Private Business, commenting on speculation over whether the price of a second-class stamp could rocket by as much as 50 per cent.

It’s reported that Ofcom is currently consulting on the proposals that could see second-class stamp prices soar from 36p to 55p.

Some small businesses still send invoices by post. But, with Clear, invoicing is fully electronic and automatic. Here’s a quick comparison between the two methods:

Cost: If a small business sends 20 invoices per month via second-class post – and the price does rise to 55p – then the stamps alone will cost £132 per year. Then there’s the ink, paper and time taken walking to the post box. With Clear, the cost is zero.

Speed of payment: Clear users have a head-start already. Invoices can be sent and received within seconds, while the post takes 2-3 days. What’s more, Clear’s invoice notification goes to the email basket of the right person – while a paper letter/invoice runs the risk of being lost or mislaid. Research shows that small companies that use tools like Clear get paid on average 14 days quicker … a big help with cashflow especially.

Try Clear for yourself for free. Save some stamps – and get paid faster!

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Posted - 22/02/12 | 0 Comments

Keep calm and carry on

office disaster imageWhat would happen to your invoice records if your office suffered major disruption from an event such as a flood or fire? More likely, what would be the outcome of a computer failure?
Would you know who owes you money … and how much?

New research suggests that having a ‘business continuity plan’ in place can make the difference between success and failure for businesses after a disaster.

According to the research by the British Insurance Brokers’ Association and the Cabinet Office, it’s small businesses that appear to be most at risk from the effects of a major disruption. There’s a suggestion that as few as 5% would be prepared.

Of course, getting your invoicing up and running again after a disaster is only one part of your business. But it’s an area where you’re already covered with Clear. Issuing invoices and following up on payments can continue uninterrupted.

Because Clear is cloud-based, your invoicing records are stored safely, remotely. You can log in securely from any location and work on as usual.

It’s peace of mind that doesn’t come at a price. Clear is free of charge.

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Posted - 15/02/12 | 0 Comments

Run a small business? You’re an Internet star

Take heart small businesses. You are the ‘real Internet companies’ … not the likes of Google.

That’s not the Clear team talking (although we agree). In fact, it’s Google saying so.

Matt Brittin, a vice president with the web search giant, has hailed small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) as the “real internet businesses”. He says SMEs are the “unsung heroes of the economy.”

He also believes the web needs to be put at the heart of their companies rather than being seen as a bolt-on extra, according to one newspaper interview.

We agree. And it’s cloud-based services like Clear that make it happen quickly and easily for SMEs – without upfront costs and technical hassles.

If you haven’t tried Clear before, then why not take a look today? The service free of charge and you can send invoices in seconds. This saves you hours of time that you can spend on earning money for your business.

You can also track and chase invoices automatically, which helps with cashflow … another big plus for small-to-medium sized companies.

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Posted - 10/02/12 | 0 Comments

Biggest garage invoice ever? Watch the shocking video

What’s the biggest bill you’ve been landed with by a garage? It always hurts.

But it could be dwarfed by the invoice awaiting the owner of a £675,000 Roll Royce convertible after they left the roof down – just before a storm struck!

The central console area was drenched according to an onlooker who used his camcorder as the Phantom Drophead Coupe filled with water in Adelaide, Australia, as you can see here!

One expert reckons the damage could have affected the electrics and the bill could top £60,000, according to newspaper reports.

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