Member Since: 20th Oct 2009
Della Hudson was part of the class of 2009. She built up Hudson Business Accountants and Advisers from her kitchen table to a small team of flexible workers with independent premises in Nailsea, near Bristol. The firm ran regular Money Matters seminars and other training and webinars. Della sold the firm in 2017 in order to focus on the business consultancy side and to write her first business book. ,The Numbers Business: how to build a cloud accountancy practice’ will be published 10 September 2018.
Business Consultant Hudson Business Advice
14th May 2019
I chose to pay the full contribution for all our employees however I still believe that this should be up to the individual employer.
31st Mar 2019
I love the solitude of working from home. Some days I don’t speak to anybody apart from my kids.
Fortunately I have enough meetings, speaking gigs and coaching sessions that I get plenty of human interaction to break this up.
I also chat a lot online. My ipad is usually on my desk for a quick catchup on twitter between tasks or when seeking inspiration while writing.
2nd Feb 2019
None. I only have a few clients these days but I haven’t even received one for myself.
28th Nov 2018
It’s a risk but without that employee you can’t service many more clients anyway.
1. Get a proper contract drawn up as a deterrent
2. Look after your employees well so they don’t leave
3. Look after your clients well. Even though my team had most of the regular dealings with clients as we grew, I still had contact with all but the smallest.
9th Oct 2018
I’d second Paul. The OP was asking for recommendations from the accounting community (3 years ago) not adverts.
If you wish to place an advert then please contact Sift Media who will be delighted to help you with an advert or a well targeted marketing campaign
2nd Oct 2018
I have always done surprisingly well with mailshots and picked up my very first client that way when I had time but no money.
It was an individually addressed letter and flyer to each small business on my High Street and hand delivered. Yes, I walked down the High Street noting business names and probably looking very suspicious in order to get that information.
Later we used Companies House information and had a regular mailshot of postcards “Need a hand with your year end” and a cartoon sent out at the year ends of local businesses. And another one for newly formed limited companies in the area.
These generated an instant response of average clients.
For the best quality clients you will need referrals through networking online or offline but these take much longer to build the necessary relationships so I’d suggest doing a mixture of both for short term and longer term business
2nd Oct 2018
We had the taxi call too. From somebody who must have found us online and for whom English was clearly their second language. In spite of repeated calls we weren’t able to make her understand and to refer her to a proper taxi company.
23rd Jun 2018
Last year we helped a client to move from immaculate paper books on to Xero. Their bookkeeper (already had her free bus pass) was terrified but keen to make the change.
A month later she already loved the new system. Tech really is quite simple with the right support.
Good luck and keep us updated us on your new, modern practice. (PS the technology can also be used anywhere in the world if you fancy a working holiday in the sun)
5th May 2018
I had no problems with VAT but agent address on even our new clients’ PAYE records still shows original agent name and address from 2010.
4th May 2018
20 years ago I was working in an engineering company and responsible for preparing the business to resist the Millenium Bug. Quarterly board meetings used overhead transparencies because the UK MD was a luddite who mistrusted Powerpoint but at least I got to travel to London first class.
It was around this time I was invited to a meeting of their “Top 100” (Directors and FCs of all UK subsidiaries) where I was the only woman in the room apart from the secretary taking the minutes.
I had no plans to have children, run my own business or to write a book and I’d never heard of an Ironman triathlon.
How times change