Member Since: 5th Aug 2011
27th Apr 2021
''Hand over the power by laying out the options and the expected outcomes, and give them control from there.''
Giving clients options and expecting them to think!!. That way lies true madness. Most client prefer clear direction, in untechnical practical terms - not options, which tends to just serve to add to any confusion.
5th Feb 2021
£30 a user is far too much, leaving relatively small practices paying far too much per month for software in which the practice owner and there team are drowned by the overly complex/feature rich systems, much of which they do not use. The result is that the PM product becomes a job in themselves rather than a benefit.
It would be far better if the PM providers could produce a simple, core menu of features offering at say £10 a user. It would give firms chance to get the most out of the features they really needed and leave the PM provider positioned to benefit as the level of features a firm wishes or needs to use, expands.
This imho, is an opportunity going begging for the PM providers, the first of whom will instantly gain a considerable competitive advantage. The choice really should not be excel or £100's per month. AWeb - where is the middle ground offering.
2nd Feb 2021
No mention of GDPR (to be fair from my scan reading). No client will every put up with their personal records and information being available for all and sundry to read/discuss in the school play ground/over coffee/golf course.
Unless you happen to be one of the fortunate few who have a lockable secure office away from the rest of the family, uninterrupted by kids and visitors to the house, taking a good look at what you are working, then the answer has to be no, WFH is GDPR suicide.
Add to that, I can think of at least one larger firm that are requiring their staff to collect records from the office in the evenings outside of work time. Do you really think that sort of practice will be attractive to an employee for the long term.
As you say accountancy is a people business and that starts with a strong team in the office supporting each other using uncluttered systems. Whist there may be some cost saving for lager practices (ignoring the cost of scanning or travel to the office to collect/deliver records as they will pass that on to their staff), for the smaller firms it clearly involves far more management time, software, systems and costs. WFH does nothing other than make the life of the practice owner much more difficult and expensive. For us on every level the office is definitely king and will remain so.
20th Nov 2020
Do HMRC really think that the average client is going to take the time to read this, let alone understand it.
Have a feeling most will take option 1 Delete or Option 2. Forward to Accountant, who they expect will deal with it for free.
3rd Nov 2020
It is pretty obvious that WFH will have nothing other than a detrimental effect, other than for the happy band of individuals who work on their own account anyway, can pick up laptop and work from anywhere.
The moment you have a team and are WFH, you have to spend a lot of additional time and cost managing your team and work being done, the flow of client information and records between different parts of the team, additional IT and software costs to make everything work, the reduced quality of work because everybody now works as individuals, rather than as a team and increased risks, not least with GDPR.
The current overselling of WFH, is no different than the fools that have been overselling of Cloud
19th Oct 2020
So is HMRC paying for the MTD software and extra work required for what will essentially be smaller businesses.
12th Oct 2020
Agree with other posters.
I have had a clients use an apparently award winning firm of R & D specialist's and the clients all understood that the specialist's were pushing things rather to far, even if I was advising against it. Its like so many other things, complex rules, people not caring about taking the .... and total lack of simple, basic level controls.
18th Sep 2020
Fair point DJKL. I clearly need to be careful of spaces, as well as space at the moment
18th Sep 2020
If clients were held to ransom by unreasonable HMRC negotiators, then of course some clients will quite rightly stand up and not accept it, even if that means an infringement of the law.
How many of you would not do the same or would you cave into bullies?
3rd Sep 2020
Sorry but I am going to disagree. Project managers have been using spreadsheets effectively and successfully, long before anything more recent. It is the skill level and experience of the user and how controls are applied that are at issue here.
Awebs editorial line of bashing spreadsheet’s at every opportunity is misplaced to say the least. Automation, cloud, or big data does not replace professional skill or the fundamentals of making sure you understand what you are looking at, irrespective of the tool being used, hammer or not. You only need to ask the Government Minster for Education, who has clearly had the most recent lesson in over reliance on those with algorithms and no common sense