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Websites - DIY vs professionally made and costs

This week, Katie is looking at getting a website and wants to know the key elements to make one, options for DIY or giving to a company, and approximate costs. Adele from AB Marketing Services answers her questions.

Registering with HMRC and what you can claim

Kevin is looking to become self-employed but isn’t sure how to tell HMRC and what counts as a business expense. Misha from MR Books helps him out.

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