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How to wind up an accountant...

Here's a random selection of contributions received from accountants a few years ago in response to the question:
What do clients say that winds you up?"I just popped everything in this carrier bag here - I knew you could sort it all out for me.""My friend's accountant says.....""I need a mortgage reference - you WILL make the figures look good for me won't you?""A friend in the pub said that he's certain that....""My van was broken into and........... all of my receipts were stolen""My son has been onto the HMRC web site and......." " I've already signed my tax return. Just fill in the details as usual" "If I've made that much money, where's it all gone" Answer: "You've spent it, sunshine""I've checked my tax return and it's wrong...the profit figure on the accounts isn't the same as the taxable profits figure on the tax return""It shoul…

New non chargeable codes for accountants timesheets

5316 Useless Meeting
5318 Trying to Sound Knowledgeable While in Meeting
5393 Covering for Incompetence of Colleague
5400 Trying to Explain things to new colleague who just doesn't get it
5482 Eating Snack
5490 Updating status on Facebook
5500 Filling Out Timesheet
5501 Inventing Timesheet Entries
5640 Miscellaneous Unproductive Complaining
6200 Using Company Resources for Personal Profit
6206 Gossiping
6207 Planning a Social Event (eg: holiday, wedding, etc.)
6211 Updating CV
6221 Pretending to Work While Boss Is Watching
6238 Miscellaneous Unproductive Fantasising
6350 Playing jokes on the New Guy/Girl
7281 Extended Visit to the Loo (at least 10 minutes)
8100 Reading online blogs
8102 Laughing while reading blogs

9106 Explaining to partner why we cannot bill all of the time on the clock
9107 Explaining to staff why we need to bill more than the time on the clock
9108 Negotiating fee with client before fee note sent out
9109 Writing covering letter/email to justify size of the fee note
9110 Responding …

Fun response on tax return, rejected by HMRC

Many thanks to Stephen Harvard Davis for passing this on to me.

Brian Burke of Ashleys accountants in Hitchin wins #INABAaward

I announce the (virtual) award of INABAs to accountants who operate in such a way as to confirm my contention that ‘Boring Is Optional'.

INABA stands for 'I'm Not A Boring Accountant' - more on the awards here++++

Brian Burke was proposed for the award by Simon Chaplin, who simply pointed me at a recent Ashleys accountants' video which I then featured on this blog last week. This prompted me to get in touch with Brian. I also took a look at some of Brian's many other youtube videos containing: "Bite sized chunks [of business advice] to help you grow your business". These videos quickly confirmed that Brian has a larger than life personality and does not conform to the old stereotype. Far from it in fact.

Brian says:
"I have always taken the view that as we spend most of our weekday waking life at work we should have some fun in what we do especially as our field is considered somewhat dry and boring""I thus tend to spend my time devising…

For Ashleys Accountants in Hitchin #BoringIsOptional

This is a fantastic two part video from Accountants Ashleys of Hitchin.
It starts and ends with Brian Burke explaining how much he hates the 'boring' tag.
Sandwiched in the middle is a cleverly contrived rendition of Madness's 'It must be love' with new words and a look around Ashleys offices in Hitchin.
For Brian and the team at Ashleys, clearly #BoringIsOptional


Many thanks to Simon Chaplin - @SocksUpSimon - for bringing this video to my attention.