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Fired a friend?

Fired a friend?

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I recently (against my better judgement) accepted to act as accountant for a friend who really doesn't have that complicated a business.

However everything I ask him to do / tell him to do I get push back from him, and I mean everything. For example he wont use the online accounting software as he can't see the point  of it as he has always just used excel and doesn't see why he now needs to change. He argues over every expense that I tell him he can't claim. And its just getting too much but he is good friend otherwise and I want shot of him as a client. He is an IT contractor and so it needn't be that difficult at all.

Any advice on any soothing words I could use to move him on? To be honest I don't want to give him the opportunity to offer to change his ways.

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By cheekychappy
01st Jun 2015 10:29

Tell him the truth.

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By exceljockey
01st Jun 2015 10:36

You're right Cheeky

cheekychappy wrote:
Tell him the truth.

I suppose that is the only thing to do really.

Time to get the tissues.........

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By andy.partridge
01st Jun 2015 10:50

Why did he want you?

Did you tell him he would need to change software to fit in with you?

I think you tell him that it's not going to work. It's often difficult for a friend to take on the role of advisor when one or both parties can't get beyond the 'friend' relationship.

Tell him you would rather keep him as a friend giving informal advice than you both falling out with him being the difficult client and you being the difficult accountant.

If he is a real friend he will see the sense in it and might even be relieved.

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By Yesican
01st Jun 2015 14:19

You are not alone

I got one who insists on recording his customer sales and orders in a book as he doesn't trust the software. Getting him to raise sales invoices using the software is like doing me a favour. It is tricky having friends as clients so he I will be letting him go once I am earning enough money.

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By Maslins
01st Jun 2015 14:28

Not had it with a friend, but sort of had it with a family member.  They'd ask my opinion, ask a dozen other accountants, one of which would agree with how they wanted to treat things, so of course in their eyes that proved I was wrong.  Guess I was sort of lucky in that they were never paying so it was easier to just say "I think it's best if you go with that person".

Where they're paying, it's much trickier.  Had one friend of a friend who I had to "fire" about 6 months ago.  That was more for disorganisation rather than anything else.  They understood and were nice about it in the end...but didn't stop me feeling really awful about it in the lead up.

One of the beauties of offering a remote service is that I'm very unlikely to know someone who wants to become a client before they're a client.  Obviously friendships sometimes build...but because the relationship was business first, I think it's easier.

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By tomriv801
01st Jun 2015 15:20

take him to the boozer, buy him a few beers with snaps chasers and tell him as youdrive him home. best as you cover him with sheets - they say that this is the time he will remember best that you told him. the fact you got him home should stop any bad feeling. remember, however the receptacle toput beside the bed. call him the following morning all bright and cheery and talk about something of a friendship level - how the football or test is going or about skittles or the dominoe league at t' pub. believe me this sort of approach will work.

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By ireallyshouldknowthisbut
01st Jun 2015 15:23

Its not you its me

I am with Any on this one.  I would do a bog standard "its not you its me" and explain your way of working is not how they like to work and suggest they find another accountant and your friendship is more important than business. 

 

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By Moonbeam
01st Jun 2015 15:58

Reminds me of nextdoor neighbour

4 years ago when I first started to do more tax, next door elderly neighbour, who was seriously ill although I didn't know how seriously then, asked me to do her tax return for her. I didn't really want to but agreed just to put her mind at rest. I didn't charge her. When I calculated her income, it was more than my own which irritated me. The tax return was filed on 28th Jan. On 2nd Feb she died.

Well now you're up there Gloria, rather than down here, I would like to thank you for the very useful lesson. It taught me never to work for free again, and only to work for people who aren't friends or family.

Since then several neighbours have asked me to do their accounts/tax returns, but I've had no trouble saying I only work for larger companies and no, I don't know anyone to refer them to.

 

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By alina123
22nd Jun 2015 10:15

Friends always play a very important role in our life. Without friends life is considered nothing. We should love our friends and we should send them daily different types of friendship messages. If you would like to get a best and unique messages or sms for you any friend so, this place is best for you.

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By Manwithnoname
22nd Jun 2015 10:53

Without friends life is considered nothing

alina123 wrote:

Friends always play a very important role in our life. Without friends life is considered nothing. We should love our friends and we should send them daily different types of friendship messages. If you would like to get a best and unique messages or sms for you any friend so, this place is best for you.

Humbug, they bring nothing but problems, have never seen the point in them.

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