Member Since: 11th Aug 2017
Proprietor Paul Marks & Co - Chartered Accountants
20th Jun 2020
In my opinion it makes no difference trying to persuade businesses, governments, the UN and everyone else.
In the end it comes down to individual behaviour.
We have to change the way people think about consumption and what they aspire to do and to be.
If people change their behaviour businesses will automatically change. It's a waste of effort trying to persuade businessmen, entrepeneurs to be better.
People are generally motivated by greed, want a bigger house, bigger car, nicer watch, diamonds, better holiday, new iphone. It's what we call capitalism & consumerism which really started to explode in the 1970's and has exponentially increased since then. It's ingrained in everything.
Don't know how old your children are but try and talk to a teenager about why they don't need the latest iphone even though they had a new one last year. They are brainwashed by everything they come into contact with. Their friends, the TV, facebook, instagram, influencers even the government.
The message is spend and buy. And it's an emotional spend (that's how advertising works). Buy because people feel better about themselves if they drive that better car etc. They don't care where their products are sourced or whether they need them.
I'm afraid the Genie is probably out of the bottle. This is really difficult to change, but requires education of people and why economic growth for growth's sake is not necessarily a healthy thing.
I am also guilty.
And the one other elephant in the room is population growth
In 1970 there were 3.7BN people in the world. In 2019 there were 7.8BN. Figure that, more than double the people to feed, house, keep warm, consume, pollute
I do not have the answers to these difficult issues I'm afraid but I think lobbying the UN or trying to persuade a few businesses to be more sustainable is not going to cut it.
19th Jun 2020
And it's all virtue signalling.
If people really want to do something,
Don't buy a car-walk or cycle
Don't buy cheap products made by company's that don't treat their workers properly
Don't buy so much!
No use talking about it like alot of so called ''famous people do' and the UN is a waste of space and needs reforming
Do you think China, Russia et al really care about what the UN say?
'Be the change you wish to see in the world' - Mahatma Gandhi
And what does the government do. - Please go out and spend!
19th Jun 2020
People with power and responsibility should have been lobbying the government ages ago. It shouldn't take a pandemic for all of us to realise that unrestricted consumerism & consumption are unsustainable in the long term.
It requires a change in each individuals habits and mindset about what's important in life
Alas I fear this will not change. In one year two years it will be forgotten and we will be back to our old ways.
I believe this is inevitable and governments cannot change this. This is about education and aspiration not about this obsession the world has with growth and greed
19th May 2020
Wow? Yes we charged at cost like most professional firms and our clients realised there was extra work and were happy to pay. Not sure what sort of clients you have and whether they value what you do.
19th May 2020
The article starts with
'Almost every single accountant has been busy, stressed and overwhelmed by the coronavirus workload, with many on the verge of burnout'
That is blatantly NOT true, so it is nothing to do with not understanding or judging people that suffer from mental health, it is about pointing out the truth and the facts.
19th May 2020
This article doesn't resonate with me at all
Yes we have had to do a bit more extra work (but we have charged for it to cover costs)
Yes we have lost a few clients because their businesses weren't eligible for support and they didn't have sufficient reserve.
But I count myself as one of the lucky ones. I and most are still here working and earning money and not in a high risk environment.
'Accountants are doing some really heavy lifting right now. '
No NHS staff are doing the heavy lifting.
'To take it back to my powerlifting days, this feels like competition day. You only do nine maximum effort lifts over the course of a few hours - but it takes a week to recover afterwards.'
Not sure why this feels like 'competition day', having also been involved in competitive sport in my dim distant past I don't see the analogy. If you win you feel great, if you lose that's another matter. What this has got to do this the current pandemic situation I am not sure
14th May 2020
Not sure I agree with BryanS1958 comments that QBO is the best online supplier.
I have no axe to grind about software and we are both Xero certified advisors and Quickbooks Pro certified advisors and we have clients on both and I have bookkeepers that do both
I personally find Xero far easier to use than Quickbooks.
With regards to Sage, the only difference I can see is that they have an HR module and so what?can't see they are going to clean up the market if that's their selling point.
Haven't looked at Sage for a long time but I don't believe they will make it work sufficiently to compete
1st May 2020
I am also amazed people are considering doing this for free.
And can't understand the post that there was a directive from AWEB 'not to charge'. That well known authority on the matter?
Of course you should charge, do you value what you do? If you don't even value what you do, your clients certainly won't. I also early on told clients they could do this themselves or we could do it and charge a nominal £25 per employee per claim. The vast majority replied with of course you should charge.
The odd one or two that wanted to do it themselves are the ones that always want something for nothing and of course mucked it up (because it is quite tricky) and one has asked us to take it over next month
30th Apr 2020
Very strange indeed! Absolutely agree. Especially as they won practice management software of the year.
maybe the author can enlighten us?
16th Apr 2020
Absolutely agree with many comments here
why oh why do software companies think they can do everything instead of concentrating on getting their core product better.
Xero - a list of things they bought out that in my opinion are not good enough for a professional practice.
Payroll - when I looked over a year ago - no P11d's, No CIS, VERY poor reporting, maybe functional but not good enough. Maybe its improved but I would be very surprised if it stacked up well against moneysoft or brightpay
Practice management- can't even remember what its called now but even though I get it for free cannot use it because it it woefully poor
New expenses module- complete rubbish - the old system that was integrated into the main Xero they had was far better and free. There are many good apps for expenses that are far better value than Xero's attemept at an expense module
Tax and stats - First look at this cannot use, no personal tax, can't edit the accounts, doesn't feel easy to use
Why don't XERO just stick to perfecting their bookkeeping software!