Mark Lee talks to accounting consultant Jason Dormer about the key areas where small firms of accountants and bookkeepers consistently fail.
Having founded his own award winning accountancy firm in 2005 - starting as a sole practitioner working from home, and growing it to a company of six trading from its own purchased premises – Jason Dormer knows a thing or two about making it in practice. His latest project, Seahorse (UK) Ltd, is an advisory service aimed at helping start ups and existing small firms of accountants and bookkeepers through the difficult first stages of establishing themselves, right through to growing and developing their client base.
“Being a good accountant or bookkeeper isn’t enough to make you a good business person”, he says. In the early stages, it’s important to recognise your limitations, as well as what you can do well, and try to work on those. While many issues are unique to the individual setting up their practice, there are a few common errors that Dormer has seen time and time again. Below, he outlines the top five slip ups.
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