Kashflow – time saving accounts feature

Kashflow – time saving accounts feature

Kashflow has recently added a new feature to their online accounting software. You can now – if you are with certain uk banks  (listed below) import your statement data directly into the Kashflow programme. I’m looking forward to saving myself loads of time when they add the feature for my bank. What is so good about it? Well currently you have to download your statement from your bank, open it in a spreadsheet (and make some adjustments if you import more than one account into Kashflow) and the import it into the system. This new way will be a one click solution, it will make one of the most tedious procedures in Kashflow easy and quick! If you bank with any of the following you will be already able to log in to your bank account from Kashflow and make the transfer; Bank of Scotland Business, Barclays, Clydesdale, Co-op, Halifax, HSBC, HSBC Business, Lloyds, Lloyds Business, Matro Business Corporate, Metro Bank Retail,  Nationwide, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland Business Digital, Santander, Santander Business Banking and TSB Kashflow is also quite economic as an online accounting system, there is a £5 starter package and the business package I use which does everything I need is only £10 a month (I don’t need payroll), which for keeping me a little bit organised seems a very fair price. You can try before you buy,  it’s all online and does not install anything on your computer, which means it also works great on a PC or a Mac. Once it’s all set up it works great, and if you do run in to problems the online support is very good and quick. You can pay your VAT with the click of a mouse… Sign up for a free trial of Kashflow If you follow my link above and sign up to the plan including payroll you will receive a discount for your first 6 months....

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ProTools plugins discount

ProTools plugins discount

Today is the last day for Christmas discounts on the Plugin Alliance brand of plugins for may different DAWs. There’s been a different one available each day for the whole Christmas period but until the end of today all the discounts are available – so hop over to https://plugin-alliance.com/en/index.html and check them out. There are a few things going really cheaply. Plus if you want something for nothing they have a few free plugins – there’s a list of all the free plugins from all over the web here...

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Sound Matters – BBC events

Sound Matters – BBC events

BBC Academy will be presenting a series of events around the UK to raise awareness of loudness and audibility issues in TV sound amongst BBC staff, indies, freelancers and external suppliers. The Sound Matters events are being held with the assistance of Creative Skillset, IABM, IPS and UK Screen Association and will offer two tracks: one aimed at producers and the other at creative technical operators. Each event will feature masterclasses from experienced and renowned audio professionals from both the production sound and post production communities. The events will be launched by a keynote speech from Danny Cohen, Director of BBC TV, who will emphasise the importance of delivering good sound to the TV audience.   Event Dates (Please click the links below to book tickets for the event you require) London 20/1/14 0900-1300 www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sound-matters-tickets-9863891164 Salford 29/1/14 1100-1530 incl lunch www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sound-matters-salford-tickets-9904681168 Glasgow 05/02/14 1100-1530 incl lunch www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sound-matters-glasgow-tickets-9904873744  Bristol 04/03/14 1100-1530 incl lunch www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sound-matters-bristol-tickets-9905012158  Cardiff 20/03/14 1100-1530 incl lunch www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sound-matters-cardiff-tickets-9905070332 Belfast 27/3/14 1100-1530 incl lunch www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sound-matters-belfast-tickets-9905130512    Event Programme Keynote speech: Compelling TV needs good sound – Danny Cohen, Dir. of BBC TV Receiving you loud and clear – Delivering compelling soundscapes for the whole audience What’s LUFS got to do with it? – Loudness explained for producers Crazy little thing called LUFS – Loudness explained for creative technical operators Capturing good sound on location – Masterclass Post production mixing for audibility and loudness – panel discussion with leading dubbing mixers Live mixing for loudness in Sport, OB events, music and studio audience shows – panel discussion with industry experts The events are free of charge but eligibility criteria apply: Delegates should be in one of the following roles: Director, Producer, Production Manager, Head of Production, Live Audio Mixer (studio or OB), Sound Recordist, Dubbing Mixer, Post-production Supervisor, Editor, QC operator, MCR technician, Post-production Facility Manager, Senior Engineer, Technical Manager Delegates should meet any of the following three criteria: 1. Two recent and relevant broadcast credits 2. A permanent position within a facility engaged in broadcast work 3. A permanent position within an independent production company with recent or current broadcast commissions   Background All UK broadcasters, including the BBC, are striving to increase audio quality for television and reduce the number of complaints from viewers about audibility and loudness. Loudness complaints are about jumps in sound levels around programme junctions which cause viewers to adjust the volume controls on their TV remotes. In 2013, all the major UK broadcasters, through the Digital Production Partnership (DPP), introduced a common technical standard for the delivery of programmes which includes loudness regulation. This DPP specification also demands that “dialogue should be acquired and mixed so that it is clear and easy to...

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Kashflow accounting discount code / voucher

Kashflow accounting discount code / voucher

This time of year can be quite paperwork heavy for freelancers especially if you are doing your own tax return. the deadline for paper returns has long passed but online returns can be made until the end of January, you can be fined £100 even if you are a day late. If you are just looking for the £1 off Kashflow sign up link – here it is! or use the code AFF2105804, or read on to find out more about Kashflow. If you are thinking you might want to be a little more organised about it you could try out this online accounting software – Kashflow. You can sign up for a 14 day free trial – if you do it via this link there’s a £1 monthly discount if you decide to continue after the trial. Or you can enter the code AFF2105804 when you sign up. I’ve been using the software for some time now – originally because of the lack of good, reasonably priced accounts software for the Apple Mac at the time that would also handle invoicing. Kashflow as it is web based works on Mac or PC under any operating system. You can also access it from wherever you are. Kashflow is pretty easy to understand for the accounting novice and if you do run into problems there is an extensive online help directory. When that is not enough Kashflow’s team will help you via email – and they are actually helpful – and pretty quick too – few a few hours. The system will generate your invoices and you can also import your credit card and bank account transactions. I find I can do this fairly easily by downloading them from my online banking service and pulling them into kashflow. That means the other transactions I enter manually are purchases made with cash. The invoicing part of the package generates a pdf invoice which I email straight to my client, and when the invoice is paid I just assign that bank transaction to the correct invoice. I’m on the flat rate VAT system, so once I have assigned all those months received payments to the correct invoices it’s just a couple of mouse clicks to make Kashflow produce a VAT return. You can enter your online filing details into Kashflow and it will not only calculate the return for you but file it as well! If you are set up with HMRC to automatically take the payment from your bank account, it really is – click – click – DONE! Kashflow will help you fill in your own tax return, or if you do what I do and get an accountant to...

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Always sound help on the internet!

Always sound help on the internet!

I lost count many years ago of the amount of times the internet has helped me out with a technical problem that has been driving me mad. Today’s was trying to get the sound to sync up on my very old copy of Final Cut Express when the change needed was less than a frame. This video kindly put up by another user had my problem sorted in five minutes. Thank you to all those techies out there that bother making these things!  ...

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