Life is tough on the front line of accountancy. For more than five years, our intrepid correspondent has been bringing us news and views from a typical West Country practice.
The doctor will see you now
There are times when being a general practitioner feels a bit like being a medical GP. Our surgery is always open to patients (sorry, I mean clients) and boy do they like to bring us their problems!
In the last few days I have seen a range of clients with their accounts and/or tax returns and have ended up also:
- Helping their son get work experience
- Putting a startup in touch with a business networking group to help him make local contacts
- Getting legal and social services contacts for a client caring for an elderly relative
- Sorting out a client's wife's Tax Credits overpayments
- Recommending an IFA to help a client get their finances in order and save for retirement
- Running through the issues a client needed to think about before instructing his solicitor on setting up a fairly complicated will and family trust arrangement
- Connecting a company with a business transfer agent to try to sell their business
- Helping a couple work through their life goals and come up with some new ideas and directions for a struggling business
- Finding a better mobile phone contract
- Introducing a new client to a bank and a specialist printer (also a client) to design and produce marketing materials
- Obtaining credit reports on a couple of customers to check the level of trade credit they should give them (turned out to be "none" in both cases, which came as a bit of a shock to him!)
Yes, it's all part of a days work for the busy general practitioner! And I still get job applicants who think all they need to do this job is A Level maths.