Member Since: 24th Dec 2012
26th Mar 2020
Chancellor stated something along the lines of parity with the employed. Don't see how there is parity when the figure is based on profits after payment of overheads when you still need to pay many overheads on a monthly basis from this grant which will also no doubt be taxable.
28th Mar 2014
I was told that a techy person would contact me to assist with the data transfer -
I get techy when dealing with HMRC too. :-)
12th Jul 2013
I make a huge effort to be in regular contact with all of my clients and I also ensure I have a relationship with any book keepers they use. After all we should all be working as one team.
As a bookkeeper I have several clients who's accountants just do not want to communicate with the bookkeeper. I cannot even get balance sheet adjustments from one accountant who requests information at year end then just does not respond to requests from me. This cannot be good for the client to whom I cannot give a true picture of their business but, sadly, will hear no wrong of their accountant.
Yet some accountants are very proactive with the client and bookkeeper. It is they I recommend when I have a client seeking to change or engage an accountant so it is beneficial to their practice in the long run.
17th May 2013
Which one of you is quickest? Which of you is the most accurate?
Good question. As a qualified bookkeeper (ICB & AAT) of some years I cannot count the number of times I have had to correct or point out Accountants' mistakes.
As accountants are qualified to a high standard should you be treating qualified bookkeepers as "cheap labour"? Are their study years and experience worth so very very much less than yours? £1517 against £????? per month (fill in your own salary figure). Agreed a lot is data entry but knowing how to enter the data correctly, how to treat various national and EU VAT issues or payroll, all this needs to be understood to avoid the accountant doing it all again and, more important, keeping the client compliant. Engaging a self employed bookkeeper means that he/she has just the same overheads of insurance, regulatory membership, CPD, practice licence and software as accountants. Admittedly probably not quite as high but overheads none the less.
Rates are a little higher in my area of the West of England and these "little old ladies" working for peanuts do us no favours. Yes there are many bad bookkeepers out there (fortunately for me when the client realises) but there are also a good few poor accountants.
As you may gather "how cheap can I get a bookkeeper?" is a bit of a red rag to me.