How was your year

What are you expecting in 2024

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With the year coming to a close and been reflecting how 2023 went.  

Business has been very good but on a personal level its been very difficult.  I am hoping more success on a personal level than on the business front in 2024.

What about you how did 2023 go for you and what are you hoping for 2024.

Like to add many thanks for all your support as without you it would have been a struggle.  All the best for 2024 and stay healthy.

 

 

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By lionofludesch
29th Dec 2023 12:59

Continuing my practice of waking up in a morning will be good enough for me.

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By Tornado
30th Dec 2023 13:11

I agree.

I would very miffed if I did not wake up one morning.

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
29th Dec 2023 13:10

I'm finishing 2023 the same way I finished 2022: same ball-ache client with last minute accounts with filing deadline 31st December, and iCPD's bargain bucket 24 hours of CPD for £100 for some last minute dot com cramming over the weekend. My port intake has doubled, and I'm up to 20 [***] a day. And I can no longer see my feet.

I feel some New Year's resolutions a-coming!

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By lionofludesch
29th Dec 2023 13:24

I'msorryIhaven'taclue wrote:

I'm finishing 2023 the same way I finished 2022: same ball-ache client with last minute accounts with filing deadline 31st December, and iCPD's bargain bucket 24 hours of CPD for £100 for some last minute dot com cramming over the weekend. My port intake has doubled, and I'm up to 20 [***] a day. And I can no longer see my feet.

I feel some New Year's resolutions a-coming!

There's a solution for those Festive Deadlines.

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
29th Dec 2023 13:57

Retirement? Change Ball-ache Limited's AP? Open 24 windows and complete iCPD's 24 hours' CPD in an hour? I've toyed with all of those ideas!

I can't believe the spell-checker vetoes the slang for cigarettes but allows ball-ache.

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By leekris
29th Dec 2023 14:34

I know, made me wonder what **** actually meant !

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By FactChecker
29th Dec 2023 15:06

It would probably be happier with 'rent-boys' - but then you'd be claiming an amazing feat of stamina.

Wonder what it would make of the post-Christmas suggestion to serve faggots with peas and mashed potatoes in an onion gravy? [Edit: apparently that's fine; it just doesn't like the shortened version (because it's stuck in the '80s/'90s)?]

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
29th Dec 2023 15:22

FactChecker wrote:

It would probably be happier with 'rent-boys' - but then you'd be claiming an amazing feat of stamina.

Which would explain why I am unable to see my feet.

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By DJKL
29th Dec 2023 17:31

We will be fine as long as we do not need to discuss "Tom Brown's Schooldays" on here.

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By FactChecker
29th Dec 2023 17:56

... or Nicholas Nickleby.
I can't be bothered to keep testing the censor algorithm, but suspect the surname of the unpleasant and unfortunately named Wackford might trip the alarms here (according to the Urban Dictionary it should do).

Where's this AI we were promised (where the algorithm can take context into account even though it's still not gained actual intelligence)?

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By Matrix
29th Dec 2023 15:07

You have to put your personal life first. I hope you are OK.

Actually I gained some clarity over the holidays, why I wasn’t on for many meet ups and wasn’t that interested in hearing about other people’s problems. There just wasn’t much left in the tank.

We are in a position of trust and, dealing with several hundred clients, some end up confiding in us which can be draining - a selection of which are 3 divorces, one changing their name due to abuse, one gender change, a theft from a former employee, many in therapy and a tax nomad with a complicated lovelife.

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By spilly
29th Dec 2023 22:18

Oh, I so agree that we can end up dealing with the chaos of clients’ lives. Some through no fault of their own - 1 death, two long-term spousal illnesses that affect the running of the businesses, 1 severe vehicle accident, and 1 malicious employment tribunal threat. I had a meeting yesterday which turned into 2 hours, mostly discussing plans for aiding the client’s wife should he die first as neither have any relatives left.
But there are also those clients who bring the chaos on by themselves - the one who moved abroad and only informed us after the event, the one that had employees for 6 months without asking about a payroll, those that pay their taxes late and are surprised when the penalties rack up, and those that are eternally late with everything.
This latter group are the ones that I begrudge spending time on, and this year we aim to either ask them to move on, or else they will start to receive much larger fee invoices for the ‘hassle factor’ they give us.

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By JimLittle
30th Dec 2023 13:04

I ended up counselling my client whose Wife is a Narcissist and intent in destroying him. He is bogged down with legal cased both in UK and overseas and she keeps starting more fires. He is just simple guy that wants to see his kids

It just awful how horrible people can be especially with kids involved.

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By JimLittle
30th Dec 2023 12:59

Yes I need to put personal life first and take a back seat.

No longer chasing for work and probably won't take on any more new work unless it is straight forward and don't have to travel to meet the client. Though there is one potential client on the horizon that I get on with very well and needs my help (as he has been let down) so may decide to take this final challenge.

Yes I can understand it can be draining for those that have a heart. I sympathise - hope you are okay. Sadly I do not trust anyone as people always let you down.

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By Kaylee100
30th Dec 2023 16:36

I once received a handwritten letter which started "My wife doesn't understand me..." I passed it straight onto my (male) business partner to deal with!

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
30th Dec 2023 13:57

Just sitting down to a maximum 23 hours' verifiable CPD in the bargain-basement at https://instantcpd.com/categories/31-2023-online-accountancy-courses/754... for anyone else short-suited on verifiable CPD. £110 all-you-can-eat before the clock strikes midninght tomorrow (31st December); although I might just turn into a pumpkin long before. One has to pay attention and take a test for each, for which certificates are issued. I believe the pass rate to be 51%.

Heads up, the ICAEW provide an allcomers' "AML bites" series of short-but-sweet videos at https://www.icaew.com/regulation/aml-supervision/amlbites
As you might expect, they're concise and to the point (I also wanted to write precise and user-friendly - so take your pick). Anyhow, an hour-and-a-half's worth of informative not to mention palatable 2023 AML CPD).

Sorry, Jim, I'm in danger of hi-jacking your thread. Just thought there may be others in the same boat as I. Ummm.. just in case your mistrust of society in general still matches mine then I should state that I have no affiliation to either of these recommendees. No commission. Nul points. Just saying.

Happy New Year, Jim!

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By JimLittle
31st Dec 2023 20:54

No issues, I always find your posts entertaining and they are informative too. Its good to have a comedian on accounting web :-)

I was going to buy the courses as I am way behind on my CPD this year as think been enjoying myself this year too much though I have been very good in previous years.

Doesn't interaction on accountingweb count as units for CPD as it can be verified ?

Happy New Year to you

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
31st Dec 2023 21:28

Happy New Year, Jim!

Ummm... I don't mean to be a comedian. In fact I'm currently reading The Daily Stoic by that (well known?) author Ryan Holiday in an effort to capture and understand the meaning of stoicism. Both Epictetus and Seneca, in their respective lesson 1s, advise us to take ourselves seriously, so that others also will. B*gger - back to the drawin' board!

The courses are well worthwhile - I've just sat through 23 hours' worth over two days, which has become something of an annual habit. Very informative, and getting Mr Easily-my-worst-client-for-the past-15-years Ltd's accounts done and dusted last week was a bonus. I shall look forward to January, PITA-free!

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By Kaylee100
30th Dec 2023 14:07

I'm retired now apart from some flexible part time work in education and some voluntary work with schools that I'm about to start.

What do I want from 2024? A year without drama would be lovely.

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
30th Dec 2023 14:21

Please tell me you're not a drama teacher, Kaylee.

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By Kaylee100
30th Dec 2023 16:39

Haha. No.

Currently all voluntary and paid work is accounting education related. I still love the subject.

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By tom123
30th Dec 2023 19:00

I know what you mean about ending ù with voluntary work that is just like the day job!

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By tom123
30th Dec 2023 19:07

Day job is going well.. another school joined our MAT this year.

As an aside, my wife is opening an art gallery next year. So that should be fun!

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
30th Dec 2023 21:27

Her own paintings? Or as super-agent?

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