Happy New Year!
I have read your blogs for a while, and you have mentioned growth on most of them!
To give me a rough idea, how many clients do you currently have (pre-Block Fees Ltd) and how many clients did you recently purchase?
If possible any split of self assessment, sole trader, small Ltd customer mix would be interesting to put your blogs into some kind of context.
Flying Scotsman wrote:
I had forgotten about how BP was the whipping boy. Obama was a total failure beyond his borders , probably something to do with the fact that most US citizens don't hold a passport and are fairly ignorant about "everywhere else"
As Knight Rider said, it wasn't "BP" but specifically "British Petroleum".
After being quite optimistic when Obama was elected, I am now somewhat underwhelmed as to his achievements.
I am sure/hope that Trump and his team will not fare as poorly as some people expect either.
Thanks for that Captain Obvious
We really need to rethink this whole democracy thing, that's two decisions it's got wrong in a row.
The result of a referendum or an election cannot possibly be "wrong" - the result can differ from your own opinion, but this does not make it wrong (unless of course there has been some kind of tampering with the votes or a mis-count).
I would have thought that somebody with such self proclaimed superior intelligence would have understood this?
I am genuinely surprised by events this year - not necessarily the results, but the reaction by quite a number of people.
People are looking at ways to prevent (or at least frustrate) Brexit, and now in the USA people are looking at ways to make the election result invalid or even "rejecting" the result.
I am not sure we have ever seen this before ?
Also, tv coverage of young people on both sides of the atlantic absolutely distraught and hysterically crying in public as the result did not go their way - what on earth is going on ?
Come on guys .....
... give the chaps at HMRC a break, they are busy chasing waiters to tax their tips and creating campaigns that effectively draw suspicion on anybody who accepts payment in cash.
I must say FT, I agree with the comments made by both Peter and Shirley.
Applicable now ?
I have read his autobiography and saw the tv programme that you referred to.
He was very successful so there must be lessons to be learnt from his methods - although I doubt that the Harvard MBA students hanging on his every word will be able to use many of his motivation/team building techniques.
Don't forget that he built up his philosophy over 25 years ago in a very specific work environment and I am not sure how his methods would translate in a modern office environment.
Although he has only recently retired, by that stage he had evolved into a powerful almost mythical status and his every word (appeared) to be followed - again, this is not something that you can develop overnight and takes many years of success in order to prove your methods in order that people want to become part of your team and are willing to accept the not-so-good bits in order to achieve/attain the good bits.
Another cost comment ....
Interesting post - and I too have recently had a similar experience with BG.
Having been quoted £1,700 to move a boiler (this does not include the boiler itself - just the labour costs of moving) I went with a local Gas Safe registered engineer who charged me £500.
It is interesting that this site (and also FT) have made many comments with regard to pricing and the debate about value pricing and the fear of new entrants offering a lower cost service etc.
This is a prime example of a company offering a premium service that many people (including FT ?) are happy to pay a premium price for - should it be any different for Accountants ?
It's only the Internet .....
I must admit that this is the only blog that I read (not only on Accountinweb, but anywhere).
I find the blog to be sometimes interesting, sometimes entertaining, sometimes I agree with what has been written (blogged?), sometimes I disagree with what has been written etc. etc.
Generally speaking, I believe that in my opinion this blog actually adds to this site - if I thought otherwise I would simply stop reading.
If others get frustrated, annoyed or offended by what is being written then I personally don't understand why they don't do likewise ?
I won't get political on this, but the person you are referring to is not an "employee" in the traditional sense - I am of course making the assumption that the intern has not been paid for their work ?
Isn't this the quid pro quo of such an arrangement ?
The intern gets some work experience and in return you get "free labour" - surely this would be a short term agreement from the outset as few people could work forever without any pay?
This could possibly work with the lower level repetitive tasks that a new person could be quickly trained up to do, however I am not sure that an intern could ever be fully relied upon as part of a business model for growth as their presence will only be temporary.