A-Plan Blog

rentalpreneur
11 Jul

What is a rentalpreneur?

As if there weren’t already enough made-up variants of the word “entrepreneur” out there, a new one has sprung up. A ‘rentalpreneur’ is someone who makes money from renting out a holiday property or properties, and since the advent of Airbnb, it’s become big business. So big, in fact, that its global value is predicted

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gig worker
10 Jul

The rise of the GIG worker

A fairly recent term that is often used in the press is a GIG worker, but just what does this mean? According to one definition it is a “labour market characterised by the prevalence of short -term contracts or freelance work, as opposed to permanent jobs.” It’s estimated in the UK that five million people

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valid MOT
01 Jul

Driving without a valid MOT: what you need to know

We recently looked at what’s involved when your car goes in for its MOT, but one thing we didn’t explore is what happens if you forget to book your car in for this mandatory test. Here’s what you need to know if you end up without a valid MOT… How do I know when my

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boiler breakdowns
25 Jun

3 top tips for saving money on boiler breakdowns

There’s never a good time for your boiler to breakdown: apart from being inconvenient, the repairs can also be a significant expense. Here, our guest blogger, Beckie Hatton, Product Manager at household appliance repairs company Home Appliance Care discusses the importance of maintaining and insuring your boiler and how you can save money on boiler

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travel apps
25 Jun

Best travel apps for your 2019 holiday

The summer holiday season is nearly upon us, so today we’re sharing some of our favourite travel apps to help make your time abroad a little easier. Here are seven apps we can’t live without. 1. Google Maps Let’s start with an obvious one. When you’re in an unfamiliar place, Google Maps not only doubles

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open plan office
19 Jun

Making your open plan office work for you

Open plan offices can be a challenge to get right. A working environment designed to foster interaction and collaboration can also wreak havoc with productivity thanks to increased noise levels and the greater potential for interruption. However, with a bit of thought and planning, it’s possible to make sure your open plan office is a

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meetings
12 Jun

The unseen cost of meetings

We’ve probably all felt frustrated when we’ve had to sit through what feels like yet another pointless meeting. If you’ve ever felt that your time could be better spent on something else, you’d be right. Studies show that unnecessary meetings cost UK businesses over £191 billion a year, with the statistics showing just how much

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first home
06 Jun

Top tips for buying your first home

Buying your first home is one of life’s milestones, and it’s exciting and stressful in equal measure. We’ve compiled some top tips to help you navigate the tricky waters of getting onto the property ladder as smoothly as possible. Know what you can afford Before you even start looking at houses, it’s important to understand

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pop-up business
30 May

The rise of the pop-up business

One of the interesting retail phenomena to arise from the economic uncertainty of recent years is the pop-up business. From week-long clothes shops to months-old wine bars, and from traditional selling to innovative advertising, the pop-up business is a dynamic new presence in the world of retail, and one that looks set to continue. According

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MOT
20 May

2019 MOT checklist

When your car reaches the age of three, you’ll need to make sure it goes for its annual MOT. The test isn’t expensive (it should cost no more than £54.85 for cars and £29.65 for motorbikes), but it’s a legal requirement. While a fail isn’t the end of the world, as it’s usually just a

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