Agreed - I am now self-employed having worked in industry for 25 years. I love the fact that there are no pointless team meetings, away days, or being asked to drive to Kidderminster (say) at 5 mins notice.
Sending a personalised letter on nice paper using a decent laser printer through the post to the local accountancy firms worked for me. Only a few replied but I picked up enough bookeeping / sub-contracting work to get some decent money coming in in the early months.
Signed up for my ASA last week - relatively painless but I am not sure what I do next! Even HMRC are now saying (I paraphrase) "for God's sake don't do anything with MTD until you have filed your clients' last VAT returns under the old system"
Jut imagine how boring life would be if we didn't have all this to keep us entertained...
Never mind fax machines, what about the Oce photocopiers in the late 80's that used to copy the pages with flash photography (rather than a scanning bar).
If you had the lid up to copy a cash book, etc you'd be blinded for 5 minutes if you forgot to shut your eyes!
Better than last year.
Last year last one filed 9:00pm 31 Jan
This year last one filed 7:00pm 30 Jan
Thanks - obviously I have been doing it wrong for years (including in industry) and HMRC have never noticed / bothered to tell me.
Off to break the bad news to the client!
I hate the emails that start "I hope your well".
Why can nobody spell any more?
And ideally you need to get your drivers to get a Vat receipt for the fuel they purchased before they undertake the business mileage...
We just used to hope that getting Vat receipts in the first place was enough.
Depending on volume, Quickfile is either free or cheap. Not true multi-company, but possible to set up lots of companies based on clients' e-mail addresses. downside is separate logins.
How about leasing the pen? No capital if it's an operating lease...