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You might be surprised to hear that we have a relatively full house here at AccountingWEB towers, despite the thick blanket of snow currently covering Bristol and the South West. Most of us were lucky and able to wade in on foot, while others have flexible remote working arrangements that enable them to soldier on from wherever in the country they happen to be stranded.

What impact is the big freeze having on businesses and their accountants? Are you finding it a challenge to manage staff during the dodgy weather conditions, or are you so geared up for remote working that everyone is carrying on as normal? Do you have policies in place to cope with situations like this?

And what about the longer-term economic impacts? Will a big dip in output in January threaten many businesses? Especially after the pre-Christmas snow and the effects of the holiday shut-down. Already this week, we've been hearing about how football clubs in financial difficulty are having an even worse time because of fixture postponements. What scenarios are playing out in the businesses you work with?

We're working on a couple of How to Survive the Freeze articles, so any pertinent anecdotes or practical advice would be welcomed to help other members get through this tough patch. Thanks for your help!

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By welsh_dragon
06th Jan 2010 09:58

Office closed

 Quite honestly I would not expect anyone to even attempt to travel in these conditions - we have instructed staff to stay at home in safety as no salary is enough to warrant risking their lives.

Clients are being contacted by 'phone and meetings rearranged for next week. 

Staff can do whatever they are able to from home, and of course will be paid regardless. In fact I've just come off the phone after chatting to our cleaner and assuring her that she will get full pay even though she isn't going in. 

Quite frankly, having seen the chaos on news reports, including one man who has so far been on the road for 14 hours doing a journey that usually takes him an hour, and in view of strain placed on the emergency services by "genuine" emergencies, I think any company expecting it's staff to drive to work is behaving in a disgraceful manner and clearly cares nothing for the safety of it's staff. 

  

 

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By Becky Midgley
06th Jan 2010 10:20

WD...

Can I come and work for you?

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By ChrisDL
06th Jan 2010 10:38

Capacity issues

I'm working from home and although we have good systems, capacity is the main issue - at both ends. Although I have broadband, it is not the quickest and because a lot of people are working from home it is putting a big load on to our VPN connection so I can't always connect anyway.

That said, I did plan ahead a little and pack work that did not need online access when I left last night, but there have already been three or four emails today which needed me to access the system.

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By John Stokdyk
06th Jan 2010 10:46

How to survive the freeze

[NB This answer from Pearl Systems has been reposted from a duplicate question - sorry for the snow-related confustion! JS]

Looks like 90% of our users are still going great guns, but we can't say whether they are working from home or the office! http://blog.thisispearl.com/2010/01/06/theres-no-business-like-snow-busi...

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By welsh_dragon
06th Jan 2010 11:14

Becky
WD...

Can I come and work for you?

 

Posted by Becky Midgley on Wed, 06/01/2010 - 10:20

 

Hmmmmm - that's a hard one.  Could you work for a male chauvanist ?

Maybe I'm too soft, but we view our staff as part of a family, and, although it's an old fashioned concept nowdays, we actually care about our staff - all of them.

And what we find is that it pays - we don't get people taking days off without need - our staff are loyal - yes we pay a bit more than others which also helps - but if you weigh the cost against the cost of ever changing staff, training, lack of continuity etc, we believe it pays in the long run.

Clients are assigned to one member of staff as their personal contact. We encourage everyone to be on first name terms, and we take an interest in our clients.  If a client came into the office and the staff didnt know his wife's name, his childrens names, and the name of his cat or dog, I would be unhappy.

It's quite usual to see someone's wife & kids wandering into the office to see "daddy" on their way to town.  Staff are encouraged to take holidays to suit their families needs, and, to pop out to attend school concerts and sports days etc.  

No one is considered "superior" just because they have a few more qualifications.  Indeed when our cleaner takes her holidays senior staff grab a duster or vacuum and cover for her - why not? Although I must admit I've been told I dont get into the corners like she does.

Do we make as much profit as we perhaps could?  Pobably not.

BUT, Do we have a happier and far more pleasant lifestyle as a result - Definitely.  

 

 

 

 

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By skylarking
06th Jan 2010 11:19

Oh for God's sake!

W, isn't it time you were reported to the Monopolies Commission?

Becky, are you sure you want to be a cleaner?

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By Becky Midgley
06th Jan 2010 11:31

Cleaner? Maybe not, but...

I do think WD's view of how to treat his staff is admirable.  I think if more business owners fostered this kind of culture at work they would find the kind of commitment WD is talking about.

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By skylarking
06th Jan 2010 12:55

Becky

You've obviously forgotten his previous rants about  (not) employing women of child bearing age.

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By welsh_dragon
06th Jan 2010 13:20

Yet again I'm being savaged by a dead sheep
Becky

You've obviously forgotten his previous rants about  (not) employing women of child bearing age.

 

Posted by skylarking on Wed, 06/01/2010 - 12:55

 

Try getting your facts right before subjecting us all to more demonstrations of your obsessive stalking. 

It appears that wherever and whenever I post, you, pop up with your inane drivel.  Tell me, are you jealous of others who are more sucessful than you?  Or are you simply suffering from some kind of obsessive compulsive disorder with a fixation about insulting anyone who disgrees with your somewhat pathetic views? 

Now, as you raise the subject, I did not state that we don't employ women of child bearing age.  What I did say is that when interviewing for vacancies the possibility that some applicants might be prime candidates for taking maternity leave (such as recently married women), and therefore potentially represent  poor value for money, is a factor which it is perfectly legitimate to consider as a factor in making a decision, and that government trying to dictate the thought processes of employers is utter drivel and totally unworkable.     

Luckily interviewing new staff is not something we do very often as we do not lose staff because we treat them properly. And, for your information (and no doubt to give you something else to whine about) we don't subscribe to the politically correct clap trap believing that we are all adults and all educated and dont need dozy drips in government or councils to tell us how to behave.  

For that reason we dont have fixed breaks, or indeed even fixed hours, and staff take va break and help themselves to drinks, biscuits, etc. whenever they wish.  Indeed many meetings take place in our rest area.  In the summer they can step outside onto a patio area and garden and it's not unusual to see staff discussng a client's affairs whilst admiring the flower beds. Visitors can help themselves to tea, coffee, biscuits etc. And by treating people as responsible adults, they actually act like responsible adults.  

You are obviously a very unhappy soul who is consumed by your obsession with stalking myself. Perhaps you should consider why you are so bitter and twisted and put right whatever is so obviously wrong with your life. I'm happy with my businesses, my client's are happy, my staff are happy, indeed the only person not happy seems to be you.    

 

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By Gina Dyer
06th Jan 2010 14:47

Calm down dears, it's only a snow day! Let's focus on the fun and frolics happening outside.

The snow continues to come down thick and fast here in Bristol. We've just heard that some of the major bus routes are operating a skeleton service (I thought that meant skeletons drive them but apparently it just means there are fewer buses than usual!). We've had a few meetings cancelled but other than that we're operating business as usual.

Any other members having snow issues or are you soldering on?

 

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By Becky Midgley
06th Jan 2010 14:47

Boys please!

Let's not start one of 'those' discussions, eh?  It's a brand new year!  Let's choose to wipe slates clean and just enjoy each others' company.  If you don't have anything of value to add, add nothing at all.  And also, I would like to see us all be a little bit more light-hearted too.  WD, I'm sure Skylarking wasn't trying to rattle your cage, and if he was, why bite? 

I take offence to Skylarking's comment, by the way, I am of 'child bearing age' but have no wishes or desires to bear any children, but even so, I am not going to board my soapbox and tell him how potentially insulting his comment may be, because I believe it was meant to be funny. 

Happy new year to all by the way, let's make this a loving and peaceful one (or is that wishful thinking?).

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By mwngiol
06th Jan 2010 15:23

Sigh

"by the way, I am of 'child bearing age' but have no wishes or desires to bear any children"

and another dream dies a death... :-P

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By melissa_willard
06th Jan 2010 15:28

Happy New Year

Dictionary definition of paranoia

"a form of mental disorder characterised by fixed delusions, esp of grandeur, pride, persecution ;

intense (esp irrational) fear or suspicion."

Love and peace to all.

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By Anonymous
06th Jan 2010 16:06

Tea & Sympathy from HMRC??

Not sure about the talk of women and children, but give it up!!..... only came on here to see if anyone knows how HMRC look upon the delays caused by Snow days.....Seriously!!

Like WD, our ofice is closed (North East) today, all members of staff having trouble getting to work, I am the Tax Partner and live on edge of country uphill so its simply a no go, if I got out, would certainly not get back. We dont expect staff to even try to go out and struggle to get to work in these circumstances, and of course they still get paid.

This is the 2nd day this week office has been closed and its only going to get worse tomorrow.

I still have over 100 Returns to do (aswell as around 70 clients who have yet to send info in), some very complex indeed which can take hours, and as I do not favour remote working, I need to be at the office.

Its usually bad enough this time of year, working up to 14 hours a day and weekends to meet the deadline and also push ourselves to get those who send info in at the very last minute, but this year is exceptional, was snowed in over xmas so couldnt even do a few hours at the office to get ahead.

I know HMRC would simply say "well should have got them filed earlier" but its not that simple, other deadlines and work throughout the year and of course software update delays etc etc

Looks like I maybe taking my sleeping bag to office if this continues....from my calculations just not enough hours in the day.

Anyone know if HMRC are going to extend deadline....."fits of laughter all round" afterall who had the bright idea of having January as the deadline!! There should be some consultation

 

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By skylarking
06th Jan 2010 16:10

Becky

I do not quite understand why you should find my comment personally offensive. I was expressing my bewilderment at your comment that you would like to work for Welsh Dragon when he has previously expressed some dubious comments on this site about employing women. Not only did I find his comments at the time offensive, others did too.

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By Jason Dormer
06th Jan 2010 16:19

Welsh Dragon

"Do we make as much profit as we could? Possibly not"

Or possibly more as a result of such policies.

We have also closed the office this afternoon and have instructed all staff to work from home tomorrow.  Everyone knows what they have to do and the telephones are diverted to yours truly. With todays technology the current conditions can be an opportunity rather than create a shutdown scenario. Regardless, it would be plain wrong to expect staff to travel in these conditions.

I would think that with your attitude to staff, that your profits are increased rather than decreased.  Longer staff retention, higher motivation, savings on extrotionate recruitment fees, also happy staff generally means productive loyal staff.

It is difficult to quantify as you will never know how much you have saved in fees, watering down of knowledge, staff training etc etc but it sounds like your approach is right for you, right for your staff and right for your business.

 

 

 

 

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By Jason Dormer
06th Jan 2010 16:21

And

Also, visiting clients pick up on staff vibe and we all want a happy ship, balanced with discipline and commitment back of course.

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By nobbie
06th Jan 2010 16:24

careful what you wish for

"  afterall who had the bright idea of having January as the deadline!! There should be some consultation"

October was chosen as the new deadline.  Then there was massive representation and consultation, and January was re-instated. 

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By Anonymous
06th Jan 2010 16:50

Its called Cosmic Ordering!!

I always get what I wish for (well except winning Lottery)

I was not on about changing SA deadline.....January fine

An urgent Consultation on simply extending deadline by a few days this year due to adverse weather, or at least asking Appeal Officers to have some common sense (if firm proof can be given).....never ever had a late Return unless client to blame for not sending info in, but a few days away from office could very well cost a lot in penalties.....and not too keen on working 24/7

Perhaps HMRC think us Accountants are super human.....

This year, Santa - can I please have a Snow Cat for Xmas......and not the furry type!!

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By Jason Dormer
06th Jan 2010 17:30

Extension

Playing Devils Advocate, nine months is plenty of time for taxpayers to submit their tax returns or present their accountants with the information for them to do on their behalf.  A couple of days adverse weather can be taken into account within this timeframe and would not be a reasonable or valid defence for late submission.

It always amazes me how many firms are so stretched every January by volume of SATR's instead of pro actively ensuring that they are done from April to August.  Sure there will always be a very small minority who will always give you the records in January regardless of what you do or say, but the vast majority can be easily persuaded to give you what you need in a timely manner.

If a few days weather disruption in January results in working all hours to ensure deadline submission then isn't it worth looking internally at better efficiency than asking HMRC to extend?

 

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By John Stokdyk
06th Jan 2010 17:26

All quiet at Brighton's Churchill Square shopping centre

...most shops locked up and closed at 5pm, with many of the approaches roped off and covered in menacing slush.

This was most unfortunate for me, as I only have 8 more shopping hours to bag suitable goodies for my beloved's early January birthday. In spite of all the dire predictions, the snow isn't very heavy in Brighton and the council managed to lay down some grit this time after serious trouble and embarrassment just before Christmas. That hasn't stopped the bus company here from suspending services.

Call it "health & safety gone mad" if you like, but there is a definitely a wintertime manana culture developing in the UK, so it's an easy choice to sink back into post-Christmas depression and stay indoors (like me!). There have been a couple of illuminating comments on UK Business Forums about the weather's effects on different businesses:

"The problem is my customers stay away when there's snow on the ground," says "ThebigIAM" (don't know what business) and Aerial Solutions faces a pretty obvious challenge for their line of business: "Even if our vehicles could make it to customers houses - the matter of climbing on roofs in adverse weather conditions is not possible. Unfortunately, we still have bills and wages to pay but with no income this is 'a little tricky'."

Thanks, too, to the anonymous poster who got us back on topic here with the illustration of what life is like in January for practitioners even without the weather - 14hour days, uncooperative clients and an unsympathetic HMRC. We'll check with the department to see if there's any likelihood of deadline relaxations due to weather. In the meantime, good luck and stay in touch - especially if you end up taking the sleeping bag to the office!

I'm sure this is going to be a talking point for a few days to come.

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By welsh_dragon
06th Jan 2010 18:32

Cats & Accounts

 

We have also closed the office this afternoon and have instructed all staff to work from home tomorrow.  Everyone knows what they have to do and the telephones are diverted to yours truly. With todays technology the current conditions can be an opportunity rather than create a shutdown scenario. Regardless, it would be plain wrong to expect staff to travel in these conditions..

 Posted by Jason Dormer on Wed, 06/01/2010 - 16:19

 

Only one problem with trying to work from home.  We have a little rescue cat, a stray we found about 3 years ago, and he does seem to think that he's more likely to get stroked if he walks across my keyboard, which plays hell with the average spreadsheet.

I'm glad you agree about staff - I'd hate to get a phone call from someone's wife saying they'd been killed trying to get to work. Jenson Button might get paid enough to risk his life in a car - Ive yet to meet an accountant who does.

 

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By Anonymous
06th Jan 2010 19:25

Too many clients....

Perhaps I should concentrate on getting rid of the clients I do not need who take most of time up (which I have been looking at and successfully managed a few) throughout the year or pay less attention to the numerous emails I get which take up a fair amount of time and often free advice, although it just seems like there is more and more "other" work and issues to deal with every year.

I run a very efficient office and have brought it up to speed in the 9 years Ive been there and lost a few members of staff not capable of change in the process......probably my 16 years Revenue training (at one of the biggest "LP" offices in the UK) has helped - know Performance Management inside out (not sure they still have this)......now there is a smirk and a half, lol

Always room for improvement in any office......when there is a free minute or two! Which reminds me.....still havent had the time to sort the new content for my updated website, secondary business, and web designer nagging now.....www.cstax.co.uk

All clients are asked for books/records at start of year, then a couple more reminders which really, when they have been in business for years (incl high profile ones), they should know better, but try telling a "geordie" what to do.....(especially a bloke....sorry, but its true), falls on deaf ears and sure its the same elsewhere

Its not a huge practice, but a fair number of clients, and always around one fifth, ie 20% left to do in January (and if you look back at my previous entry.....work it out) and on top of that 13% those not yet handed info in....same clients year after year, they take no notice at all of any deadline we give them to allow time......you know why?? The Fees! not the amount, just timing

Its been hard for everyone, but businesses have been hit hard up here, not just the building & construction workers, so more and more have been holding back sending info in as they cant pay or prefer to pay for their summer holiday instead, god forbid they wont go without.....so April to August is out of the question

As for asking HMRC to do anything....I would rather sleep on the office floor the next 3 or so weeks.....

There again, could file "estimated" NIL Returns which would take all of 10 minutes for 100 Returns to get blasted into cyberspace.....and give up my February hibernation putting in actuals.....no law against it, but I wouldnt have the feel good factor of achieving my goal. WARNING - DONT TRY THIS AT HOME

Its Moira's fault......she needs to be on the TV a lot sooner than December/January to remind clients about the deadline.....would they take notice?????

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By ACDWebb
06th Jan 2010 19:29

Logged in from home

Running virtually paperless now so I can get to what I need to and am chugging along with the stragglers.

Brief hiatus when the internet connection dropped but thankfully it reconnected within a couple of minutes and a router reboot.

Got the music player running in the background and no interuptions unless I want them. Also not sweltering in an office with the temperature too high - IMO - to satisfy others who feel the cold. All in all it's quite nice really

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By Anonymous
06th Jan 2010 19:38

Here Here

Ive got a Mad Rottie who growls at every single movement, and blind incontinent 17 year old cat who just whinges on and on and wees on and on......does my head in, and why I prefer to work in office all hours of the day and it suits my OH down to the ground, he can play on his Xbox without any fuss.....totally addicted (and he is very old, like 48 on 26th January......no pressie again)

So being stuck in the house today with all 3 of them not good......and its snowing heavy again and supposed to be even worse tomorrow.

Wonder if the Stig is free to drive my beastie of a beema! Think even he would struggle

 

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By welsh_dragon
06th Jan 2010 19:44

Cats and keyboards
 

... and blind incontinent 17 year old cat who just whinges on and on and wees on and on...... 

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 06/01/2010 - 19:38

Well I hope your cat doesnt walk over your keyboard because I have a feeling that cat wee and computer keyboards might prove a slightly terminal combination.

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By Jason Dormer
06th Jan 2010 20:34

Anon

I always think that people are pretty much the same throughout the country, you get the same traits so surprised that you say try telling a Geordie what to do! Anyway, can't you incentivise the really obstinate ones, or as you say cull your client list?

With regard to clients not giving up their holiday making April to August out of the question, cant see it myself, the filing of the return will not accelerate payment due date but will ensure that the task of the submission is completed.

Granted some will never change whatever steps you take but still think that the vast majority can be managed into changing their habits.

 

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By Anonymous
06th Jan 2010 20:49

Terminal....no such luck!!

Laptop and Printer wires trailing on floor....you got to look out for.....not nice or safe! Mores the pity, somehow he has managed not to blow himself up, unlike the dog who chewed through a live heater wire when she was a pup and MJ thouht he could moonwalk.......and survived

Sounds like I dont like animals....sooo not true, cat (who happens to be a very pretty James Bond Chinichilla with attitude) has outlived my best Persian, 2 Rotties.....and well cant comment on the 4 year old Rot got left.....attitude? no contest......she is asleep in front of me, but if I go anywhere near her or her toys, my leg will be off.....now I wouldnt want that at this time of year, may have to get my hiking boots on tomorrow, more snow.......and no sign of any plough yet.

Very up to date with IT....but so not keen on remote working and security issues, plus it wouldnt be the first time cat has wee'd on client files ive brought home and left on floor.....

Must say, dont feel so guilty not been able to get to work as this is like work discussing Snow, SA deadlines and Pee......goes hand in hand, but its kept me off Facebook ;)....well apart from uploading my very trendy Snowman, couldnt upload it as my profile pic as too big......its even bigger now for such a small car, covered totally almost, can just see tops of wheels

 

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By Anonymous
06th Jan 2010 21:11

2010 - more orders please

If only.....I can be a very persuasive woman, but honestly banging - head - brick - wall......Im making progress, now got older clients, ie over 60 sending emails with info....shame younger generation cant get off their Xbox etc and spend a little time, they just dont care.

Trouble is....Im too nice and must get tougher. Text someone today again, whom been trying to get info since April saying he is well late....."Im not that late" will bring you bacon sarnie and accounts will get done!!

Sorry, I am not insulting Geordies as I am one.....but some are just so laid back.....

My goal was to do 50 Returns a week this month, Ive done 8 so far this week.....reason why I am worried. more snow now and not looking good.....but the excitement of rushing around is great for my already high BP,  ha ha!!

 

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By welsh_dragon
06th Jan 2010 23:15

Cresta run

Ventured outside - we live on a hill - the road is doing a good impression of the cresta run, so had a ring round and told everyone to forget going into office till Monday.  We will look at the situation at the weekend.

The cat took one look out the door and decided he prefered the indoor plumbing and made a bee line for his litter tray, then headed back to the chair closest to the fire - guess he's not that stupid after all.

 

 

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By Jason Dormer
07th Jan 2010 09:16

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Its not good here.

What worries me is that the five day forecast is snow all the way.  Was looking forward to getting back to normality after the Christmas and New Year break and could do without further disruption to the working week.  Don't mind a day or two but if this continues then will have to do some serious planning!

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By Jason Dormer
07th Jan 2010 09:24

Anon

Well if you get a bacon sarnie out of it then happy days!

Not worth stressing about it anyway, what will be will be.  If I were in your shoes I would inform every client today who you are awaiting, and say that unless all info is presented within X days, then you cannot guarantee submission by 31 Jan.  Then the ball is in their court - there is only so much you can do.

I used to have a client where I worried about his financial affairs and compliance more than he did, literally lost many hours sleep over it, until I realised the absurdity of the situation!

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By Anonymous
07th Jan 2010 10:45

New Word

Pleasure derived from someone else's misfortune in the cold weather

=

'Schadenfroid'

Someone wrote this to me and I can't decide if it was a spelling error or very witty

 

 

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By welsh_dragon
07th Jan 2010 10:49

Simple

If we havent go everything we reqiest BEFORE Christmas then they WILL be fined. 

We decided years ago that killing yourself for clients too idle to get their records in on time just isnt worth it.

The same with bad payers - we double the fee and offer a discount for prompt payment. If that doesnt work - we wave goodbye to them. Any idiot can work for nothing, but we wont. And we NEVER under any circumstances submit returns until the client has paid - not unless theres a refund and the client signs to agree to us deducting our fee.

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By Jason Dormer
07th Jan 2010 11:15

It is simple

We do the same, any client presenting records after November will pay an increased fee, though as said in previous post we do try and get 90% or more done by August.

This policy ensures that come January we are not running around like headless chickens, highly stressed and prone to error due to unmanageable workloads.

It also means that in January we are ready to serve new clients who are frantically ringing accountants to get their returns done.  We can then take these clients on, do their returns, on the basis that going forward timely submission is made.  This has the benefit to us of work now and further work in another 3 - 5 months time, from the same clients.

We generally have had very little resistence to managing our clients like this - they can nearly always see the mutual benefit, which is why I am always surprised when other posters say that their clients aren't for changing.

I always think that it is better (for both parties) to manage your clients rather than for them to manage you.  Is it a case of accountants not being confident enough with their terms of business or is it a case of poor communication with clients?  Either way, to me this can't be an acceptable situation.

Some will always be late and would rather pay the increased fee, some will always be late and don't want to pay the increased fee, as with everything you look at the whole picture of each client and decide whether they are worth keeping on or whether it is time to part company.

I would much rather have 300 clients who play ball than 500 clients who don't.

 

 

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By welsh_dragon
07th Jan 2010 15:38

Do we still need an office ?

Been out and if the council is gritting roads I never found them.

Getting home was akin to going down the cresta run in an old bath tub, and that was in the wifes 4x4 complete with knobbly tyres.  I think in my car I'd have merrily sailed straight past the drive to the bottom of the hill without a hope in hell of stopping. 

No idea if I'm cold or not as I've lost all feeling from the extremities of my body.

I'm not going to the office - in fact after this I'm not even going out of the door.

We closed until Monday, and unless things improve, next week is looking "iffy" too.  What I do find encouraging is that staff seem to have quickly adapted to working from home, "chat groups" have been set up online, and client files are being exchanged as necessary.  In fact, without the constant interuptions of clients, telephones, etc, I get the impression that more is being done.

Makes you wonder if you really need an office doesnt it?

 

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By Rebecca Benneyworth
07th Jan 2010 16:19

Absolutely!

I'm so glad I'm based from home and very sorry for those who don't have this advantage. We can get out on foot only - and I heard that a car getting out of the end of our road (hill onto a hill if you get me) last night slid into main road across road into wall and then was hit by car coming down hill which couldn't stop! The "top road" apparently looks like a car park but it is 300 foot higher than me so I haven't seen it.

All the kids are at home - biggest snowball fight I've seen in years including OH getting ambushed by three of them - hilarious! Board games in the evening and plenty of tea makers. I only lack client books, but getting loads of other stuff done. Schools here shut until Monday "at the earliest" but forecast more snow Sunday & Monday.

Oven's packed up (typical!) so having to be really creative now....lots of mouths to feed! Good chance to clear out the freezer though! Expedition to supermarket tomorrow - I think skis are called for!

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By Jason Dormer
07th Jan 2010 16:59

Do we still need an office?

I have been thinking the same today WD.  This can't continue ;)

Today has made me think how we operate and how we can make more use of homeworking and technology.  Allowing staff periodic homeworking days can increase productivity and be a nice perk.  No travel time lost, no interuptions, ideal for project work or 'in the zone' work.

Office only really needed for client meetings and walk in's.  Even they cant be overcome with meeting rooms freely available, and walk in work hardly worth worrying about and often not our profile client anyway.

What would be missed is the banter and the team spirit.

 

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By welsh_dragon
07th Jan 2010 18:26

It is food for thought ......

What would be missed is the banter and the team spirit.

 

Posted by Jason Dormer on Thu, 07/01/2010 - 16:59

 

I rather suspect that in winter more work would be done - but I'm not so sure about summer. I know the temptation when the sun is shining to "just have a break" in the garden and how that can quickly turn into all afternoon. 

I've read lots of case papers in the sun lounger - and had to re-read them in the evening because I dozed off - lol. 

 But I do agree, walk-ins are not worth bothering about, and it does save a lot of travelling.  Certainly, if nothing else, it's made me determined to look at networking home computers and ensure staff are able to work from home where necessary. 

 

 

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By Gina Dyer
08th Jan 2010 14:22

Should HMRC extend the deadline for returns due at end of Jan du

Rebecca has written a blog post about this today in case you're interested:

https://www.accountingweb.co.uk/blogs/rebeccabenneyworth/team-blog/crike...

Read what she has to say and let us know what you think!

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