Accountancy

Are timesheets useful?

Anyone who had to do timesheets in an accountancy firm probably remembers how much time they spent/wasted recording their time to the nearest 6 minutes. Then trying to make sure…

Accountancy

What is business advisory?

As you know I’ve spent the last year writing ‘Changing the Numbers: how to deliver advisory services for success’ to help accountants to provide real help for their business clients.…

Accountancy

What do accountants and dentists have in common?

We’re both viewed as necessary evils. I was quite shocked when, a few years ago, an old friend told me that she would rather see her dentist than her accountant.…

Accountancy

What’s in the tin?

When I was a kid my Mum had a special money box with separate slots and compartments to save for each bill. It’s how she taught us about budgeting. These…

Business

What if I had never got back in the water?

When I was seven I nearly drowned! I was a strong swimmer so I was doing a personal survival lesson in oversized pyjamas as I was the smallest, skinniest kid…

Accountancy

Charlie’s MOT reminders

Are they helpful or salesy? Charlie runs my local garage. As it’s just 15 minutes walk away it’s a convenient place to get my MOT done each year. And every…

Accountancy

How to separate amicably

… with the help of a shareholders’ agreement. A shareholders’ agreement is a bit like a pre-nuptial contract. I always encourage businesses with more than one director/shareholder to get one…

Accountancy

How do you eat an elephant?

… One bite at a time. Or so the saying goes. How do you complete a big project? One step at a time. Whether completing a tax return, growing your…

Accountancy

Entering awards

Last month was awards season (congratulations to all the winners and finalists) and, as I often get asked to judge accountancy awards, I thought I’d share some hints for those…