Money Matters

The importance of having Lasting Powers of Attorneys in place

If not now, when? I did a Lasting Powers of Attorney talk recently for one of the charities I support, Carers in Hertfordshire, who support unpaid carers. Specifically, I was talking about whether the Donor wanted to a give the Attorney the authority to make life...

“Just 1 more coffee from Starbucks” She said…

Admittedly we’ve all said it at least once because well most of us rely on that morning coffee, and when we are in a rush, we will definitely choose that overpriced Starbucks coffee at St Pancras over making our own at home. Are the taste and the early morning...

5 reasons to make a will

I have practised Private Client Law for many years and yet I always wonder why so many people don’t have Wills.  Is it because they don’t realise the importance of having one in place?  I have often heard the words “I'll be dead so I don’t care what happens to my...

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Claire Sweet

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Hello I’m Claire, a qualified multi-award-winning Financial Adviser. Far from being a stereotypical “bloke in a suit”, I firmly believe that with advice and guidance it’s possible for anyone to balance today’s needs with tomorrow’s dreams. Having worked with some of my clients for 11 years – I have a reputation for being helpful, approachable and knowledgeable. Initially, I trained as a Mortgage and Protection Adviser and now specialise in helping other women get their finances sorted so they’re fully in control of their lives. I have recently won the Best Business Awards (Best Woman in Financial Services) 2018, Shining Star Award 2018 (Mums Unlimited) and Customer Service Award (2017) at the Canterbury Business Awards. I live and work from my home in the Kent countryside surrounded by ‘my boys’ – Tequila, Tabasco, Santiago, Pharoah and Paladin; my five male Alpacas.

Articles

Why outsource your corporate governance?

Does your company have ‘good governance’? Recent changes to the Corporate Governance Code mean that it’s more important than ever before for all companies to be run efficiently and transparently from the top down. And if you don’t have the expertise in-house, the most...

What makes a good gift?

Hi, I’m the Gift Goonie and I blog about gifts. Gift Giving is big business; from New years right through to Christmas, there are many occasions throughout the year when you will be racking your brain for that ideal gift. But what makes a good present? When I think...

The Ultimate Freebies for Business Owners

Last week I went to a networking meeting, and the topic for discussion was: “What caused you the most stress when you first started your business?” For some, it was finding an office space. For others, it was getting their first client. For me, it was worrying about...

Outsourcing, is it worth it?

As a Freelance Consultant it’s not surprising that I’m going to extol the virtues of Outsourcing but before you immediately reject this out of hand there are some definite advantages to consider. Take a look at the below FAQs before you make any decisions. Can...

Do we spend too much at Christmas? 

One fact I read today shocked me ‘10% of UK households put the ENTIRE cost of Christmas on a credit card’. Just think of the presents you could buy on the interest you’d pay on that!  Christmas ‘Tis the season to give’ but the pressure to go overboard is immense. As a...

Time for money – the big trade off

I don’t know about you, but I am getting to a point in my life where I no longer want to be working in this way! I no longer want to have to record my hours worked against an hourly rate in order to reach a minimum income level. I feel trapped………..restricted...

How much is your time worth?

When first introduced to the concept of outsourcing, the initial thought for most (us included) is that it is too expensive! Why on earth would you pay a cleaner £15 to bleach the kitchen sink and vacuum when you are more than capable of doing it yourself? Who in...

How to make sure that you’re not getting ripped off

Until you become comfortable with a vendor, it is likely you will be fearing getting cheated out of your money. So, here is your guide to side-stepping scams, warding off time-wasters and refraining from getting ripped off. Check reviews I’m afraid it’s not enough to...

How much does it cost to outsource jobs?

The cost really depends on the type of work you are outsourcing and the specific vendor. The cost of outsourcing is often outweighed by the time you save. However, it is still important to be money-savvy when hiring an outsourcer. Cost and quality There can sometimes...

Isn’t outsourcing really expensive?

"It costs how much?!", I hear you cry! Initially, the hourly rate of outsourcing may seem expensive compared to that of your own employees. Surely, you'd have to be mad to pay someone a higher hourly rate to do the same job? However, the cost savings from outsourcing...

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