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10th Aug 2019
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Hello folks. Apologies for the radio silence. I was incredibly busy over the past few weeks. 

In my previous post, I mentioned I will update you with my thoughts on Xero and QuickBooks comparison. I will. I need a little more time. I have not even started my QuickBooks recertification. I intend to over the next two to three weeks. I want to. 

Q is on leave for five weeks. I will try and fit the recertification during this period. Xero costs are very high. If QB meets our needs I need to get in fast before QB goes Xero's way with its prices. I do not mind Xero being less cool (less Apple), with a lower price structure. 


Matters business took a back seat over the past three months or so. This will change now. The practice needs my attention. It is time. I have neglected it for too long. 

I will sort out our messy office over the weekend. I will then have a clean workplace to start the new week. 

Thankfully, I have not lost clients. Neither have I taken on new clients. There has been some interest. The increased fees are an issue for potential clients. I think our increased fees are reasonable. 

 My Week

Time pressure may make it difficult for me to post every week. Content is not normally an issue. Time is. Any small practice owner has many issues in connection with their practice. There is always something to write about. It helps the blogger and I hope, the reader. 

AW blogs section needs reality small practice blogs. No, it needs any accountancy work-related reality blogs without ANY self-promotion.  Sift needs to play its part and make the blogs section that motivates accountants of various shades to blog. The current blogs section is not it. The old AW website blogs section was it. Please take the ideas from there Sift?

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By mrme89
12th Aug 2019 13:48

Sadly I think that Sift a prefer volume rather than content when it comes to the blogs.

We used to have a number of regular bloggers, including yourself that made good reading. The CEO's blog was a loss, and Kent Accountant doesn't seem to blog any more (or contribute?). Glennzy also used to blog more frequently. It's blogs like those that I enjoyed reading.

I think since the website changed, the content in the articles and the blog section has declined massively.

If it wasn't for some of the characters on Any Answers, I probably wouldn't bother visiting at all.

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By Glenn Martin
15th Aug 2019 16:40

Welcome back FT like MrMe I always enjoy your blog.

I will be keen to hear your views on your plans from switching from Xero to QBO.

From what you say its not about the product its about price, but I am assuming you will not be reducing your charges to clients so the cost benefit will all be yours.

I am not sure I would do that, its a lot of hassle changing over, you will have to cover the training cost if you are driving the change. What if clients are happy with Xero and dont like the move?

A tricky one, i know QBO were offering 10 licences for £10 but beyond that is the price that different to warrant the upheaval. Xero will sell Bureau licences at a good rate for in house only stuff.

if pricing is you issue is not worth just showing the xero cost at retail price on your invoice then when it changes you can just amend that cost to pass it on.

will client quibble about a £2 increase every 3 years.

@MrMe I dont blog very much now as there is no read counter on your article, for you to know if anyone is reading them or if you are wasting your time.

They rarely get many comments these days so I assume that people dont bother reading the blogs so much.

I have had a bit going on this year so might pen when over this weekend if I get the chance

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By FirstTab
16th Aug 2019 06:25

Hi Glenn, thanks.

On QB, if I think it is suitable it will be putting new clients on it. The existing clients will stay on Xero.

I agree with your point with all blogs displaying the click rate. Technically, this is easy to do. Sift sees the click rate. Why not us? Why is Sift not making this information public?

We give up our time and draft a blog and yet we cannot see our click rate. This is not fair and does not encourage people to blog.

Tom mentioned about asking him the click rate on our own blog. This misses the point. It is about looking at the click rates on other blogs and comparing the click rates. This is to give some idea on the popularity of blogs section and what is the click rate on our own blog.

Why is click rate not public Sift? why are you not being transparent with your members?

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