Member Since: 20th Sep 2010
16th Nov 2017
Is the person who logs on Sunday afternoon to complete a task seen as a dedicated employee by the partners? Or are they seen as struggling to cope with the demands of the job and heading for a fall.
Or did they choose not work on Friday afternoon, so that they could go watch their kids sports day and are choosing to work on Sunday instead?
7th Nov 2017
Just shows how detached from reality these people are. Yes, there's a huge population of business just below the VAT threshold. They aren't "avoiding" VAT, they are closing an extra day (in the case of our cafe owner client) or similar. They do this because to lose 1/6th of their overall income by opening that extra day would make it pointless going to work
1st Apr 2016
Look at the date guys!
10th Mar 2016
2m companies are using software for their payroll and VAT, really?
I presume that includes the ones who use the basic HMRC PAYE tools and submit their VAT directly through the HMRC website (of which no one has a choice)
I can't see that there's 2m companies using "proper" software
Xero reckon they've 100,000 licences in the UK
They also reckon Sage have 125,000 Line 50 licences
Freeagent have 45,000 licences
Kashflow, Clearbooks and all the other cloud apps will be less than that I presume?
Intuit is growing in the UK, but I guess Quickbooks licence numbers are behind Sage and Xero (nothing scientific there, just I meet very few QB users)
So where are the rest??
11th Feb 2016
The award winners
Francois Badenhorst wrote:
There were no awards this year!
Sorry Francois, but there were awards
31st Jul 2015
I'd be interested on what proportion of firms have made direct debits mandatory for monthly payment fans and how many still class them as "optional". We are still in the "optional" camp as all out clients are excellent payers, however as we expand I think we might need to change our approach.
It's mandatory for us and we use Go Cardless - love it!!
16th Jan 2015
Where have they got the email addresses from?
Presumably they can only email to those that they have an email address for? So, no email on record, no reminder?
If this was to be the plan, wouldn't it have been a good idea to write to everyone first telling them and giving them an opportunity to register an email address with HMRC before going down this route
19th Aug 2014
Demonstrating expertise v giving away the gold
But I don't agree that expertise is something to be hidden until you see the client's money. Expertise should be utilised in the initial meeting to win the prospective client's trust in one's ability.
There's a difference between demonstrating expertise and solving all the clients "pain" for free in the initial meeting. For example....
" I understand your problem and we solved a similar issue recently, in that Blah Blah. The client ended up with (insert result), if that's the type of result you're after, here's our TOB's and DD mandate - sign them and we'll get cracking!"
No solution/ gold given away, but expertise demonstrated!
3rd Aug 2013
Too many variables
Personally I think there are too many variables to pricing that make it almost impossible to include prices on your site –perhaps unless the price was derived from them answering a number of questions first?.
For example, the price for a set of accounts for a company that uses an external bookkeeper and reconciles the bank, plus other adjustments, should be much lower than someone who brings all their receipts filed in date order.
However, if you asked both business owners, they’d both say their records were good/ brilliant or even excellent.
You’ll also be pricing purely on “the job”…how do you factor in that client A will never be off the phone/ email, whereas client B doesn’t speak to you one year to the next?
Don’t get me wrong, I do believe in standard and fixed prices and with the way we put our prices together, all of our clients with the same circumstances, consuming the same services and with the same quality of records would pay the same price. However, there don’t actually seem to be many where all the variables are the same!!!
28th Jul 2013
Lots of stuff
Peter, There's lots of value you can add, especially if you take the time to understand the client's industry and therefore the opportunities that exist for adding profit or reducing tax in that industry.