Phil Rees
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Junk mail/begging letters from other accountants

Junk mail/begging letters from other accountants

Every day I seem to get a letter asking me to use the services of some accountancy practice or other that I have never heard of. Usually the firm is based many miles away, frequently on the opposite side of London (like that's gonna work - you doing the "business recovery" work for one of my clients).

By the way; I don't actually have any clients with solvency problems. Neither do I have any clients with undisclosed offshore bank accounts. So will you all please stop wasting my time and your own with this futile exercise in defoliation?

Rant over.


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30th Sep 2009 16:18

Waste paper disposal
For a very reasonable fee my firm will collect and dispose of these begging letters including the one from us begging for subcontract work.

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By Anonymous
01st Oct 2009 10:36


Is this an opp for networking ?





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02nd Oct 2009 13:49

Re begging letters etc

Can't see the problem here - over the last twenty-five years I've received a handful of enquiries about work-possibilities, none of which has been intrusive to my mind and most have emerged from accounting students wanting to hone their syllabus-skills.  They tend to assume that I'm big-league, which I'm not.  On the other side of the coin, I've spotted worrying gaps in my own future work schedule from time to time, and have had no hesitation in making contact (NEVER by phone, I hasten to add) with carefully chosen organisations, outlining what I do & how I do it, on the grounds that I consider I'm up there with the best of them when it comes to value for money.

Phil, you mention distance and 'the opposite side of London' - this aspect is surely becoming less & less of a problem at time goes on, I would say - do the number-crunching etc. at base, email the resulting data to the client (in PDF if their computer skills are limited) or, even better, arrange a "logmein" facility with them, so that the arrangement comes close to on-line accounting.  Having said this, the personal contact aspect should and can be maintained (imagine the fun of the occasional visit to a client in, say, Evesham, and staying overnight with nearby friends!).


Chris Mezzetti

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