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Jessica Bown

Jessica Bown

Finance Writer

About the Author

Jessica Bown is an award-winning freelance journalist and editor who has been writing about personal finance for almost 20 years.

How To Start Your Emergency Fund

An emergency savings fund can be a godsend when life sends you a curve ball. Here’s how to start an emergency fund for those urgent unexpected bills.

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What are Regular Savings Accounts?

A regular savings account can be a great place to save for a big purchase. This guide explains what you need to know about regular savings accounts.

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Understanding Interest Rates for Savings

Find out what you need to know about interest rates with this comprehensive guide and watch your savings pot grow.

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Calculating Your Move into Accounting

Interested in becoming an accountant? This five-minute guide shows you how to get started in accounting.

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What Is A Homeowner Loan?

A homeowner loan lets you borrow money against the value of a house or flat you own. Find out if a homeowner loan is right for you with our quick guide.

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What Is Professional Indemnity Insurance?

Discover how professional indemnity insurance can help safeguard your business if a service you provide causes a client or customer to lose money.

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Do You Need Business Interruption Insurance?

Business interruption insurance could save your company if an unexpected event, such as a fire or a burglary, stops you from trading.

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What Is Compound Interest?

Compound interest can significantly increase your saving and investment returns. Find out more with our five-minute guide to compounding interest.

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Are Stocks And Shares ISAs Worth It?

A stocks and shares ISA can be a great way to grow your savings – especially over the longer term. Find out if they’re right for you with our quick guide.

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Is It A Good Time To Invest In Stocks And Shares?

Predicting the best time to invest in stocks and shares is almost impossible. It's more about your appetite for risk and reward.

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How To Get Accepted For A Credit Card

It's easy to apply for a credit card. But how can you increase your chances of getting your credit card application approved?

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How Many Credit Cards Should You Have?

The number of credit cards you should have will depend on how you use them. Here, we weigh up the pros and cons of having multiple credit cards.

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The Average Business Loan Interest Rates For 2024

Does a low interest rate always mean you’re getting the best deal on a business loan? Find out with our 2024 business loan interest rate guide.

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How To Access Emergency Business Funding

Many small businesses need an urgent cash injection at some point. Find out how to get emergency business funding with our five-minute guide.

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Repaying Your Business Loan and Managing Debt

Defaulting on business loan repayments can have serious consequences for you and your company. Find out more with our quick guide to repaying your business loan.

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Is It Worth Getting A Loan To Start Your Business?

Is a start-up loan the best way to fund a new business? What are the pros and cons? Find out what you need to know before taking out a business start-up loan.

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Strategies to Make Your Small Business More Efficient

Making your small business more efficient can save you money and time. Our short guide to improving business efficiency shows you how.

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10 Small Business Ideas for 2024

Keen to set up a small business in 2024? Here’s our pick of the best businesses to start this year.

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Managing Mental Health in the Workplace

Boost productivity and cut costs with these five strategies to improve mental health in the workplace.

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Are ISAs still worth it?

Whether you have a cash ISA or are thinking of getting one, you need to know if it's still a good place to invest your money. Here is how to work out if ISAs are worth it for you.

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What is the best way to invest your money?

Investing will usually earn you better returns than a savings account over the long term, but it’s important to choose the right approach. Here are the different ways you can invest your cash.

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Can you really just write off your debts?

You can’t just borrow money and not pay it back. But while writing off your debts for free is not an option, there is help available if you’re struggling to pay back what you owe.

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