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Lockdown: Day 50

How's it gone so far for everyone?

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It's Day 50 in the Big Brother House....nope, sorry about that, wrong dystopia.

Just wondering how everyone's coping with 2020 being shot to hell. I know we're busy, to say the least, keeping up with the government's plans to keep people paid. To be fair, they've accomplished a lot in a short time, but people have fallen through the cracks regardless, and we'll be paying for this in one way or another for a few years to come.  Easy-to-get loans may sound great, but they're still loans and they don't disappear from balance sheets by magic.

My initial fears of a total collapse of clients and client work has mostly been unfounded.  It helps that I don't have big concentrations of clients in the most severely-affected industries e.g. hospitality, but we have a few down the supply chain from these that are suffering badly. A firm that supplied security staff to big London events is having a torrid time, as is a supplier of food to the restaurant and school kitchen industries. Good, healthy firms that have had the legs kicked from under them. 

Even had the phone ring a few times these last couple of weeks with new enquries - sending out a couple of quotes today, in fact.  

Staff wise, it's been a bit of a breeze. Only 2 staff, but both fully occupied and working from home thanks to (a) laptops, (b) secure hosted desktop for some stuff, and (c) Xero and taxfiler for others. I come into the office most morning to deal with post and shuffle everyone's work around, and then head home to the patio in the afternoons.

In fact the real pain the rear at the moment isn't work-related at all. It's trying to cope with my 13 year old son and his home schooling. The only bit of school he really enjoyed - the friends, the social bit - has been ripped away and now we're just trying to keep him from falling too far behind before starting his GCSE options in September.

All said, then, if I can come in this year with a turnover that's within shouting distance of last year, I'll call it a win.How about you? What waves have you ridden well, and which ones are threatening to swamp you?

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By lionofludesch
12th May 2020 10:11

I'm still reeling from the news that Lough Down is in Berkshire.

Or, at least, one of them is.

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By lh3f9764bg1g
15th May 2020 10:33

Loch Doon is in Scotland.
Lough Down is in . . . . . County Down!

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By Cheshire
15th May 2020 10:39
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By Tax Dragon
15th May 2020 11:45

Wikishire? Did you set that up? I love how you've used your 50 days!

Interested to read that Cheshire's western border was unsettled into the Middle Ages. I mean, thanks for sharing but... it's almost too much information! :-p

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By Cheshire
15th May 2020 13:01

Giggle.

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By lionofludesch
15th May 2020 10:59

lh3f9764bg1g wrote:

Loch Doon is in Scotland.
Lough Down is in . . . . . County Down!

Lough Down - or to give it its proper name, An Loch Domhain - is in County Galway, actually.

Loch Doon is near Dalmellington. I've been there.

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By DJKL
15th May 2020 11:23

And Lorna Doone is in Exmoor.

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By tom123
12th May 2020 10:16

Manufacturing here, so notionally still running throughout.
But no customers want onsite service currently.
Waiting to see the changes to furlough later.

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By SXGuy
12th May 2020 10:17

I agree, I was expecting serious income issues, but so far last month, I was down perhaps 30%, which was mainly people wanting to wait until something like UC, Grants or loans come through, the rest are just holding off for a little while longer.

I do wonder if we wont see an affect until next year though, I have quite a few black cab drivers, who cant see how they can go back to work any time soon as there is no work for them. So we may see these people in an employed role somewhere by next year, in which case ill lose those fees. But im hoping most of them can ride the wave abit longer and pick it up later in the year.

Im lucky that my wife handles the home schooling, so it hasn't been to bad for me.

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By accountantccole
12th May 2020 10:19

We have had 8 weeks of full lock down (fill a form everytime you leave the house, 1km max distance from home for exercise and 100m vertically as we are in the mountains, got told off by gendarme for going to a supermarket not closest to home!) and have moved into the first phase of de-confinement over here in France. Our deconfinement stage 1 looks a lot like the UK confinement!! We are doing a day a week in the office on a rota so not sharing offices, probably until mid summer.
Just hoping we have a decent number of clients who survive this mess, too many slipping through the gaps. Hoping I can see my children in July.
Safe and healthy - that is the most important thing.

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By lionofludesch
12th May 2020 10:26

accountantccole wrote:

We have had 8 weeks of full lock down (fill a form everytime you leave the house....

Aye - I heard Sam Tomkins on about it - you have to print a form off tinterweb and fill it in so the gendarmerie know how long you've been out if they stop you.

Madness.

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By accountantccole
13th May 2020 12:00

Proper lockdown...not your watered down version LOL

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By kevinringer
15th May 2020 13:19

accountantccole wrote:

Proper lockdown...not your watered down version LOL


Not watered-down if you please, lite-lockdown, or is it soft-touch-lockdown? Silly, that last one's me.
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By Cardigan
12th May 2020 11:32

The first few weeks (3/4 maybe?) were awful. I was stressed from the upheaval and worry about family members. Worried about clients, staff and the business in general. Worried about the logistics of working from home. I was fielding a million calls about schemes which were announced 5 minutes ago. Couldn't concentrate. Trying to home-school. Lost interest in things. Was constantly reading news and social media.

Now I am settled into working from home. The business is running fine. Staff are working away as normally as possible. Clients are getting on ok. I've started exercising more and can nearly run a 5k now (which would have seemed impossible a month ago!) I've plenty of hobbies to keep me occupied around the house and garden. I've got the hang of homeschooling now. Every now and then, I get a panic about how things will work out. I'm avoiding news and social media, which is helping.

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By Sharon W
12th May 2020 12:59

My fears were at the beginning of the lockdown that clients would not be in a position to pay for my services. To date my regular fees are still coming in and the annual accounts paid annually have been paid.

In fact I am busier than ever and my part time staff have plenty of work (working from home) but am having to manage clients expectations even more.
Books are coming in earlier as clients have nothing better to do.

The 1st couple of weeks were stressful with the phone constantly ringing and emails increasing ten fold but that has quitened down.

I am relieved that we don't have to make claims for the SEIS though!

Having recieved the local government grant is put away for a rainy day or when I need to pay my staff if income dwindles.

However, I am not complacement that this will continue as further down the line there may not be businesses that are able to bounce back despite the financial help!

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By Luke
12th May 2020 13:54

The first few weeks were horrible and stressful trying to keep up to date with information that changed every ten minutes and dealing with panicking clients. All unpaid of course. I would say they were my worst few weeks in practice so far.

It has calmed down now but the phone/emails have also calmed to a trickle. April turnover was 20% down on last year. May's looks to be lower still. I do not charge monthly fees but fees when work is done so I think that means the clients who do have time on their hands do not want to part with cash now so will put it off. I have not been chasing the usual April/May people as I know this to be the case but perhaps ought to do so.

I am not 'free' enough to be able to furlough myself but also not earning much money currently. I think most of it will be done later in the year but I am concerned about the workflow element of that being a one man band. Thankfully cash is not an issue.

I work from home in a dedicated office anyway so that bit hasn't changed, just that there are now five people here all day every day. Thankfully our youngest is 16 and has no GCSEs to sit so needs little homeschooling input, I do look forward to the house to myself again though!

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By SteveHa
15th May 2020 12:25

I don't collect the fees, so I don't really worry about that (I'm employed).

I am, however, starting to like this home-working lark. No office distractions, no daily commute on packed (and late - or oftentimes cancelled) trains, and I can play whatever music I want, as loud as I want whilst working.

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By Red Leader
15th May 2020 12:43

I'm enjoying the quiet roads, great to see pedestrians and cyclists reclaiming the enormous public space given over to motor vehicles.

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By lionofludesch
15th May 2020 12:54

Red Leader wrote:

I'm enjoying the quiet roads, great to see pedestrians and cyclists reclaiming the enormous public space given over to motor vehicles.

Sure - until you want to travel more than a few miles.

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By Red Leader
15th May 2020 15:07

lionofludesch wrote:

Red Leader wrote:

I'm enjoying the quiet roads, great to see pedestrians and cyclists reclaiming the enormous public space given over to motor vehicles.

Sure - until you want to travel more than a few miles.

I cycled 50 miles the other day.
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By lionofludesch
15th May 2020 15:20

Red Leader wrote:

I cycled 50 miles the other day.

Yes, but what about when you want to travel more than a few ?

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By Tom 7000
15th May 2020 13:04

i am nearly a stone lighter... cos I cant go to the local cafe at lunchtime for the full fatboys fry up.

sales up 10% - no idea why thought it would be down 20!

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