Member Since: 19th Apr 2015
7th Oct 2021
Go for it! Your role sounds similar to what I used to do in practice (preparing accounts, management accounts, payroll and VAT returns for small clients). I got fed up with the timesheet culture and moved to industry 16 years ago. Since then I've had two great, varied roles and one very bad one which didn't last very long (very unpleasant boss). I wouldn't go back to practice in a million years.
Just make sure you find an interesting role, ideally where you are part of the management team and they actually listen to you. You can get involved in the strategy for the whole business which is very rewarding.
28th Jan 2021
Excellent, I was wondering what was going to happen.
15th Jan 2021
Careershifters has lots of advice for people changing careers or shifting gear at any point in their lives. I recommend it as a good read, but then again I haven't managed to shift yet and I've been doing this 25 years :(
6th Jan 2021
Did you manage to find out the answer to your question? I'm also trying to find out whether VAT should be charged on pet meds, and coming up blank
5th Nov 2020
With Dropbox, if two or more users open the same spreadsheet at the same time, you will end up with conflicting copies. With Google Drive, all users would be editing a live version of the same document.
If I could get my head around how to file documents in folders on Google Drive, I'd move over. But for now I'm stuck with Dropbox because it acts like Windows Explorer so I can find things easily. (Our CTO tells me Google Drive can be made to act in the same way which would be nice)
30th Jul 2020
A word of warning about Sage 50 - if you go over 50,000 invoices it is likely to cause data corruption. Learned this from Sage themselves after I joined a business which was about to ditch Sage because they’d had two data corruption problems in quick succession. Deleted the invoices (already updated to ledger of course) and the problems went away. Just mentioning it as 1000 invoices per month is a lot and you might be close to the limit - it would be a shame to be forced off Sage because you get a data corruption on top of your boss’s inclination to move to Xero
8th Nov 2019
I've just had this discussion with our superintendent pharmacist. The CBD products we are supplying (oil, lip balm and muscle rub) are OTC (over-the-counter) products, therefore VAT is charged at 20%. If they were supplied on prescription or via a PGD (patient group directive) that would be a different matter - so we will need to keep a eye on product creep. Hope that helps.
4th Jul 2019
I use Chrome and the authorisation screen appeared OK. Sorry I can't explain why it worked for me though. Normally I am unlucky on these things.
4th Jul 2019
I am also using Sage50Cloud, v25, and I had to go through authorisation again in May even though I had already done it in April. I didn't feel like calling Sage to find out why - the helpline wait is usually around 50 minutes to an hour!
23rd Mar 2019
There are definitely career counsellors out there, but as I starting point I recommend an excellent resource called careershifters dot org. Their website is full of really inspiring stories from people who have changed careers, including where they went wrong and how they decided what to change to. Lots of advice from career change advisors too.
I am nearly ready to begin. I'm going to cut my hours as soon as I am clear of the hive-down I'm working on so I can work on my own project while still paying the bills. Good luck, I hope you find something that feels right for you. Just don't wait 20 years like I did