Member Since: 16th Jun 2010
2nd Feb 2021
I've run my small accountancy firm entirely online for 10 years. We are only a team of three but I am confident it would scale. We speak within the team most days and we meet in person once a year (pre-covid). It's given me the pick of staff because there is no geographical limit - thanks also to great Digita and Sage software. I've run online work experience for students successfully. We meet clients initially and thereafter whenever they or we think it's a good idea. It's not often. We can deal with almost anything by email which also keeps the audit trail good. I love that my staff, who both have young children, can flex things around school pick ups etc. I actually think with at least one of the staff I have a far better relationship than we would if we had to work in each other's space. I've also loved having zoom training in 2020 as it gave us a much better choice and was easier then slogging across great distances to make face to face training.
Have previously tried outsourcing with mixed results. You need scale to make it worthwhile and then you run the risk of reducing ownership so that efficiency can suffer.
4th Dec 2017
Not sure how the tax gap can be down to SMEs with so much avoidance by the likes of Apple, Starbucks, Amazon etc and the act it does not seem to be policed?
4th Dec 2017
Doesn't it actually amount to closer to 26% when you tae account of the employee NICs and the costs of implementation? I find it hard to square the uneven playing field with HMRC's purpose of paying for public services - this seems to be paying to deviate them. Chaos in the public sector and private sector getting a "softly softly" consultation, ages afterwards.
I'd welcome views as this seems terribly unfair to me.
30th Jul 2017
Excellent article thanks so much
18th Jul 2017
Thanks for a considered and clear article
5th Jul 2017
OK worried now that 2 people in this short thread have said the majority of their returns are the exclusions. Thanks, all and thanks Rebecca, we will be extra, extra careful now
23rd Jun 2017
Thanks for a thought provoking article. I like the comparison to the DAB radio - certainly food for thought.
22nd Jun 2017
Great clear article yet again thanks so much
9th Jun 2017
I'm sorry to say so, but I think many, many people, get taken for a ride - not just in this but in many places and in many respects
21st Apr 2017
OMG not BJ, please. At least TM is not a blatant liar.