Easy Invoicing & Accounts for Freelancers and Agencies

UPDATED July 2022

I’m regularly in touch with a coterie of around 250 specialist developers over at Codeable and a common pinch-point for their freelancing activities outside the platform is finding an easy way to invoice clients and keep track of payments. Indeed, it’s why Codeable is preferable for many.

With recent Making Tax Digital requirements for Limited companies (and others) who have registered for UK VAT, you may find HMRC is insisting on you using “third party software” to report your VAT. A key advantage of FreeAgent is that it can track and submit your VAT (and company, and personal) accounts, directly, into HMRC, having reconciled the original payment directly from your bank.

Click here to visit Freeagent and signup online – with a 10% discount.

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Business Insurance for Web Developers

I got asked this question a while back, and at last I’ve put together some content which I think can stand up to some small amount of scrutiny online… “What should I put down when I buy business insurance as a web developer???”

The answer is – and isn’t it always – it’s complicated!

I’m going to make a recommendation for the service I used to order business insurance for our eCommerce agency, and describe our decision making processes – but you should, as ever, make up your own mind, do your own research, and understand that while my advice may be helpful to you, ultimately it’s your business, and therefore, the risks are yours.

Also note, the service I recommend (Axa Business Insurance) in this post serves the UK market, so if you’re browsing from another country, different prices and service providers (and service names) will apply, though the basic points are likely still to be useful.

With all that said, let’s dive in…

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How to add Structured Data in WordPress

My SEO colleagues shorthand “Structured Data” to “schema” but as a developer, the word schema has a meaning… they mean: Schema.org structured data.

That’s the subject of this blog post:

How to add Schema.org structured data to your WordPress website – with or without WooCommerce – in order to get some Rich Snippets happening in your Google search results.

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AMP Stories are now Web Stories… and they’re pretty cool

I know, right. I don’t say things like “pretty cool” but AMP stories are now called Web Stories, have a WordPress plugin, are officially supported by Google, and feature a simple drag-and-drop interface to allow you to create mobile friendly content which looks like this:

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