Take your practice to the next level during the pandemic and beyond
10th Feb 2021
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Practice work has been transformed by the pandemic. With restrictions on face to face contact with clients, the switch to working from home and a raft of stimulus measures in place to help businesses and the self-employed survive financially, we explore three ways you can maintain the lessons learned beyond the lockdown.
A major transformation for accountants working with clients has been the need to find new ways to share information with them and communicate with them. Beyond video calling (don’t forget to set your background to hide that laundry!), document management and alternative communication have been hot topics for accountants over the last year.
When it comes to GDPR, compliance and general sharing of sensitive information, accountants need solutions for eSigning and security. Your clients can’t easily come in to sign their documents and you definitely can’t risk unsecured email.
Take it to the next level
Consider switching to an eSigning solution that allows you to create reminder workflows, so you don’t have to worry about keeping track of who hasn’t signed and returned their paperwork. MyDocSafe links with BTCSoftware and has a free trial.
Working from home
Cloud for remote access
You need to not only access your practice software from home, but you need reliability. A shared database hosted in the Cloud means you can work in sync with your team, without the stress of trying to access information on an office server you can’t connect to.
Your practice software should make things simple, especially when working from home creates a different set of demands on your time. Minimising the time you spend on compliance with key date reminders, event and task tracking, and auto-completion of standing data, means you free up your availability to advise your clients (or help the kids with school!)
In his budget statement in 2020, Rishi Sunak said COVID-19 would be a “temporary disruption to the economy.” Almost a full year later, the £30bn stimulus package has been extended and grown to include further Self-Employment support, enhanced furlough options under the CJRS and the VAT repayment scheme – plus much more in terms of business loans and grants.
Take it to the next level
Set up a reminder to send a batch of emails to your clients when things change and you need their input. We’re likely to see changes – and certainly information about the fourth SEISS grant – when the Chancellor presents his full budget statement, instead of the regular Spring Statement, on March 3rd. That’s a great moment to try sending a bulletin to your clients to share the news and tee them up for their next steps.
Next level practice software during the pandemic and beyond
Solution Suite from BTCSoftware gives you a powerful central database for straightforward client management, plus intuitive, time-saving modules for compliance. To find out more, see our product page. Or call the team on 0345 241 5030,