Member Since: 26th Aug 2004
14th May 2020
Lol, in the same way that Kodak outflanked digital photos!
Whilst I haven't seen the latest version of Sage online the previous versions were very poor compared with QBO and Xero. Xero isn't really a contender for accountants because it has e-mail only support and they often take up to 24 hours to respond and if the response doesn't solve the issue you have to go back into the e-mail loop until they eventually solve it - not many accountants can afford to put down and pick up a job just because Xero wants to do everything by e-mail, a phone call or live chat is normally far quicker. In addition reports are quite limited, I find the bank reconciliations hard work compared with QBO and there are extra costs for some of the functionality compared with QBO.
QBO , whilst not by any means perfect, is my preferred choice, all options include Receipt Snap, which is a form of data capture tool, SmartScan to help check VAT returns and the flagship version for £30 plus VAT includes multicurrency, time sheets, projects, budgets, stock and up to 5 users at no extra cost and all have multiple support options included in the price. Payroll comes in standard or advanced at £4pm/£8pm + £1 per employee plus VAT.
Whilst it depends what you are used to, I expect Sage and Xero users will say otherwise, for me QBO has the widest range of functionality, reports, features and support for the price.
29th Apr 2020
I'm hoping for a furloughing grant, but maybe I'll just have to go for a social enterprise instead:-(
29th Apr 2020
I'm currently in the process of applying for charitable status:-)
28th Apr 2020
I would hope that my clients would expect me to charge, there is no such thing as a free lunch.
I haven't noticed supermarkets, chemists and other businesses giving everything free to help customers in need; if anything prices seem to have gone up. All my suppliers are continuing to charge me full whack, so why should I not charge for my services?
If you are feeling philanthropic you could always donate your fees from furloughing to charity.
19th Mar 2020
The author needs to use AI (Artificial Intelligent?!) to check her article for several spelling and grammar issues:-)
14th Oct 2019
Indeed. I have filed a reasonable excuse claim on exactly this basis. The whole idea of independent taxation is that each party should not have to disclose income details or whether they are in receipt of Child Tax Credits to the other party.
25th Jun 2019
I seem to have the wrong clients....none of mine have gifted me £89,000:-(
28th Feb 2019
I'm pretty sure the latest version of QB desktop is MTD compatible.
11th Feb 2019
I don't think Mark's firm's fees are an issue, they are transparent and potential clients/clients have a choice, so I cannot see how it can be considered a 'con'. Like me he probably offers what clients perceive to be value for money services, yet I charge more than most local accountants. Clients are 'happy' (through gritted teeth, but in some cases actually happy!) to pay because they think I am better for some reason.
11th Feb 2019
...."the reality is the next day the sun still comes up and life goes on".....Sorry, I thought you lived in the UK! Where else is MTD being introduced - the Caribbean?:-D