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The benefits of being a sole practitioner

It's not as bad as you think

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OK, it's Monday morning, you don't feel like being at your desk - blah blah blah.
So to give you a perspective on this, here is a clip from the PWC elevate programme. After watching this, look around you. Doesn't look so bad now does it?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJev1RrfS1c

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By Cat's whiskers
30th Nov 2020 12:49

Poor sods!

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By DJKL
30th Nov 2020 13:07

Shoot me f***ing now.

I recall way back in 1983 applying for Bank of America and reading that they had an official start of morning routine (sounded a bit like the American Pledge their school classes are shown on TV as making), that video is ten times worse, it would be my very own Room 101.

As a reserved Scot (whilst not officially an Edinburgher I have lived all but eight years of my life here) that is positively cringe inducing.

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By mrme89
30th Nov 2020 13:13

American. Say no more.

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By memyself-eye
30th Nov 2020 14:05

It's team bonding - like building a bridge out of rope (string) on one of those 1980's company events held in the frozen North - popular here in the 1990's. Being American they brought it indoors, like their high school shooting sprees.

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By ireallyshouldknowthisbut
30th Nov 2020 14:20

I have fond memories of laughing out loud at the KPMG song on my induction week, and commenting probably rather loudly it was total tosh. I earned a place next to the partner at dinner for my indiscretion and a turgid indoctoration about corporate image over some horrible hotel dinner my trouble, during which I got a bit drunk and managed to insult the partner's tie. Oops.

Can think why I never climbed the corporate ladder.

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By Paul Crowley
30th Nov 2020 14:29

Big firm embarrassment not unusual

It appears none of them know how to do an audit

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By DJKL
30th Nov 2020 16:20

I believe Auditing is dealt with in the session they do on interpretative mime and finance , during day three I think.

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By Red Leader
30th Nov 2020 16:34

I'll have you know I became very good at auditing fixed asset additions. Often took several days.

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By DJKL
30th Nov 2020 16:36

So it was just the disposals you missed.

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
30th Nov 2020 15:36

Billy Butlin used to subject his hung-over and not-so-happy campers to unwarranted early-morning assaults of jolliness not unlike this, delivered by tannoy.

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By Paul Crowley
30th Nov 2020 17:21

Ear plugs were available

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By Luke
30th Nov 2020 16:44

That made me chuckle, thank you! It is hideous!

Although I can vaguely remember us first years having to do a song and dance routine at the Xmas party in another of the big 4 (then Big 6) in London. Thankfully that almost has been wiped from my memory in the last 20 odd years :-)

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By Cheshire
30th Nov 2020 17:42

I bet someone has it on video.

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By DJKL
30th Nov 2020 21:01

I have a few old university photos involving various people taking part in university drinking competitions (Yards of ale etc), such events often subsequently requiring buckets so do not cast them in a flattering light, obviously all were taken with future blackmail in mind. The catch is none of the victims ever made it to a position to be worth blackmailing, the nearest I got was when one stood as a Lib Dem candidate in an unwinnable seat.

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By Luke
01st Dec 2020 17:26

God, I hope no-one has it on video. At least it was well before the point the buckets were needed....

Thankfully I am not in a position to be worth blackmailing either :-)

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By paulwakefield1
01st Dec 2020 08:34

You Tube tells me that lasted 1'37" but it felt like 2 hours. Ghastly.

", during which I got a bit drunk and managed to insult the partner's tie." Oh well, better than a colleague of mine who also got drunk next to the partner at the Xmas dinner. Overcome by the quantity of drink and unable to make a quick exit, he grabbed the nearest receptacle and threw up. I don't think the handbag ever recovered.

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By gainsborough
01st Dec 2020 11:42

The original was pretty cool (see YouTube, Get on The Bus 1996) before it was turned into a complete Cringe-fest.

Worked for one of the Big 4 in the early 2000s and they started hanging posters of budget and work targets we were meant to achieve on the inside of the toilet cubicle doors!

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By Arthur Putey
01st Dec 2020 12:55

Remember this?
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/2035803.stm
"Sharpen your pencil, iron your crispy white shirts, set the alarm clock, relish the challenge, listen, be fulfilled, make an impact, take a risk," runs a PwC slogan designed to publicise the new name.

At our firm we sing the company song every morning:
Well, we know where we're goin'
But we don't know where we've been .........

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By DJKL
01st Dec 2020 13:04

Which gives us a great new thread for the run up to the holidays, pick the song that best encapsulates your business?

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By Arthur Putey
01st Dec 2020 13:25

You load sixteen tons
And what do you get ...

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By Arthur Putey
01st Dec 2020 13:27

And of course PWC Consulting's favourite song is "I don't like Mondays"

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By DJKL
01st Dec 2020 13:38

If I was still in practice and had to deal with everything going on I think my choice might be Bad Day (REM)

"A Public service announcement followed me home the other day
I paid it nevermind. Go away.
[***] so thick you could stir it with a stick- free Teflon whitewashed presidency
We're sick of being jerked around
Wear that on your sleeve"

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By memyself-eye
01st Dec 2020 13:50

"Baby I don't care" Transvison Vamp.

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By Luke
01st Dec 2020 17:29

Love that! In fact I dug out the transvision vamp cd just a few weeks ago and sung it all very loudly to myself in the car! Funny how every single word comes back even though it was 30 years ago!

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