...but an old brush knows the corners, as the saying goes.
Hi, everyone. I hope you all enjoyed our Budget coverage as much as we did putting it all together.
I'm popping in here to let you know about a slight shuffling of the chairs on the AccountingWEB editorial desk.
Since Tom Herbert departed for new pastures, Richard Hattersley has done a brilliant job as Acting Editor while we hunted for a long-term Editor in Chief. As you will all know, good staff with accounting knowledge are hard to find these days and we've had as many struggles as you have.
To bolster the editorial squad and give the team a hand, I've been asked to lend a hand as interim Editor in Chief while we continue to recruit for Tom's successor.
This post is effectively my (short-term) mission statement, which revolves around:
- Beefing up our technology and technical coverage - especially the latter, where our new contributor Julia Penny will be lending a hand
- Writing a bit more for accountants working in business, with a focus on management reporting, predictive analytics and other emerging disciplines among those accountants
- Broadening our membership in other ways, for example by including content for bookkeepers and trainee accountants, who are part of our world too.
That means making AccountingWEB a friendlier place for the non-qualified and non-practitioners. AccountingWEB is not and never was a site solely for experienced practitioners and we're not going to be very patient with comments that just tell students to go away and do their own homework, or telling small business people to get an accountant. In our view, those people are very welcome to come and ask for advice and our members can choose whether or not to offer it. None of you would insult a prospective client or employee in real life, so please don't do it here.
Now that I've had my say, I want to hear from you about things you think we should get done (sorry, that kind of phrase can get habit-forming if you say it often enough):
- What are the subjects you'd like to hear more about and what are the main troublespots you're encountering in your job?
- Are there areas of tax (like property and VAT) where we could beef up our practical coverage and advice?
- Did we get the balance of our Budget 2020 coverage right, or are there things you think we could improve ahead of the rematch in November?
- Are there things we could do that would improve your experience of the site itself? I'm planning to lobby our development team to look at creating a separte Any Answers strand where people could post more commerical things, like job ads, reseller invitations and fees for sale. Would that kind of thing appeal to you, or are there other priorities you think we should focus on?
This community is all about feedback, so feel free to share yours by commenting below or sending me a direct message if you want a bit of discretion. Thanks in advance. I'm looking forward to getting a little more closely involved with you all again.