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The diary of an overworked accountant aged 61.75

A quandary…

By Colin Bielckus / 28th April 2016 / 0 Comments

Question. How does one match (“client”‘s) expectations? I have always believed in giving something back to my local community, well for a long time I have. Probably since going out on my own over thirteen years ago. For a long time life was good and, though the hours were long, I was well rewarded for it. So why not give of my talents  to help those less fortunate? Even when we went through the recession of 2008-09, less to do so carrying on with the pro bono work was not a problem. And as things have got better, a marked reluctance to curtail whatever good I am doing. So currently I am: Treasurer of a sheltered housing not-for-profit company, Treasurer of the local Music Festival,…

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Nearly a third of the year gone…

By Colin Bielckus / 21st April 2016 / 0 Comments

Where is it going to? Ideas I had that ought to have been advanced in Q1 still lie unstarted in the electronic in-tray. Additionally other things already started grind to a halt awaiting input. It is immensely frustrating. A few “for instances”… Good fee big assignment proves to have a legal flaw that need correcting. Client unhappy, I cannot bill anything and the firm who drafted the offending document are starting to drag their feet. Have had to get another firm of solicitors involved so original firm is taking steps to cover collective backsides. No one pleased, me stressy as well. Another large-ish fee. Urgent from client’s point of view but they’ve not paid for the assignment before that. My invoice terms are upon presentation…

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I used to be on their mailing list!

By Colin Bielckus / 14th April 2016 / 0 Comments

Mossack Fonseca. A couple of weeks ago no one other than a few journalists with a big secret and the odd firm of accountants would have come across the name. It’s a bit different now. It seems a whistleblower released about a terabyte of computer data from within the organisation (that’s the total capacity of the hard drive of most desktop/laptop computers nowadays). I understand the investigative journalists received the information around a year ago and it has taken all this time to turn it into something understandable. I find the story fascinating for several reasons: the story blows a very large hole in the secret offshore world of trusts and the like, the gradual change over the last few years amongst the “average” person…

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All About Fraud (and what to do about it)

By Colin Bielckus / 17th March 2016 / 0 Comments

Good business briefing this morning about fraud and businesses.

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