Practitioner's Diary

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.

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May
13
3

It's hard enough to win new clients, but if you're also losing existing clients it really piles on the pressure.

May
12
4

Reading through some job applications over the weekend I spotted a potential howler among the CVs, which actually has a more general lesson for businesses.

May
07
1

Just occasionally I have to do a bit of very basic bookkeeping.

May
06
6

Needing to fill a clerical vacancy, I thought why not advertise at the Job Centre and save the cost of newspaper advertising or agency commission?

I soon learned why not.

May
02
5

A month into RTI and it seems far too quiet out there in client-land. I don't recall getting a single query about it either before or after 5 April, although I'm sure my tax team probably did a bit of hand holding.

Apr
22
3

Looking at my work in progress report the other day, I had one of those "there must be a better way" moments.

Apr
18
4

Or rather, when isn't First Class good enough?

Apr
14
3

They're all at it, and it's driven me mad.

Apr
08
1

And suddenly loads of clients are either moving house or remortgaging. I can't remember the last time I received a request from a lender for an accountant's reference, but this month we seem to have received almost one a day.

Mar
24
2

Thanks for nothing - in a good way though! I can remember working the phone flat out for days after some Budgets, but not this year.

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