The diary of an overworked accountant aged 61.75

I’m beginning to understand who I am…

By Colin Bielckus / 4th August 2016 / 0 Comments

Learning should be lifelong. Especially once you are no longer in full-time or part-time education. And especially if you’re in business. Things happen. “Stuff” changes. Forget new ideas and new techniques – think new technologies, new gadgetry – like it or not you can’t opt out. Following on from my last post regarding the changes in computing, just think phones, televisions, videos (if you still have one – try and buy one today…), washing machines and other white goods. If you stand still the world won’t wait for you…

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Doesn’t time fly…

By Colin Bielckus / 28th July 2016 / 0 Comments

I cannot believe a week has passed since last time. Where has the time gone? I’m not sure, now I come to think of it, how I measure the worth of a day or even a week – sometimes one has one’s head down and scuttles through the work in hand – other times I’m not even sure I understand what the work in hand is… I’ve said for a long time that computers have changed everything. Long, long ago in the dawn of time I started using computers. At university, a socking great machine called an ICL 1904C (if memory serves) which involved punching holes with something that looked like a distant relative of a typewriter (you must have come across one, surely! If…

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An ideal client!

By Colin Bielckus / 21st July 2016 / 0 Comments

When you start in business (and even later on if you don’t take care) it’s easy to lose track of who your ideal client/customer may be. Do you recognise the following? Person stands up at networking event and says “I want to meet anyone who” does/wants/needs (you name it). It may even be you and for a while it certainly was me… Several problems here. Primarily, in the ears of the listener – “yes, I know lots of people” – then brain decides there are too many people to process so gives up and slips back into neutral. Furthermore (at least in my case) I don’t want anybody. There are loads of people out there who: are not at the right point in their business…

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Whither the UK now?

By Colin Bielckus / 30th June 2016 / 0 Comments

Phew. End of the month, invoicing done and a day to try and catch up on all the “ought to dos” and not just the “got to dos”. Request information to complete a corporate tax return? Check. Review of the suggested logo for my new “outsourced Finance Director” website and provide feedback? Check. Sign paperwork for client and return? Check. Read daft emails from HMRC about how well they get on with us accountants? Check! It’s an exciting life in accounts and finance don’t you think? I’ve spent much o the week reading articles about the likely outcomes of “Brexit” (whoever came up with that name should be permanently dealt with) which give not only diametrically opposed suggestions but possibly even a 360 degree spectrum…

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You have to kiss a lot of frogs…

By Colin Bielckus / 26th May 2016 / 0 Comments

Some expressions just have a ring to them… I’ve been helping a client look at ways of expanding – quicker than organically, without bank guarantees, convergent with the owner’s vision of the business. Not easy – what works for one purpose may prove to be a deal breaker for another. The business model is good. Seems eminently scaleable, just needs more people to free up the owner to do what he needs to do to grow the client base and not have to concentrate on the gubbins (not impressed with the dictionary – two words so far in Chambers but not in the spell checker). So, if the aim is not to consider mainstream bank funding, what other options are out there? Part of the…

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Health is what you make of it

By Colin Bielckus / 6th May 2016 / 0 Comments

One consequence of getting older is that one seems to accumulate aches and pains and they no longer seem to fade away as quickly as they used to. Talking with my life coach this morning got me wondering whether that is a function of age or the outcome of a learned response. Does it ache more and longer because I expect it to ache more and longer? I’ve had problems with rheumatism from a very young age – vague memories of substantial problems in infant and junior school and maybe before. Trouble with eczema as well. Used to scratch arms and legs red raw as a child. But… Can’t remember when the eczema went away – some when in senior school  feels likely – and…

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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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