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My Journey - Kris McCulloch

Much of my business has been shaped by previous experiences in my working life.

My first role after leaving school taught me the absurdity of measuring time rather than results. I was an office junior at a local sawmill. I tended to arrive early, and as I was never a big tea or coffee drinker I often had no breaks other than my lunch, which I often cut short. I can still remember comments from the team about how quickly and accurately I worked.

I recall one day as I finished all my work,...

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Claire's Journey Begins

Claire felt an enormous excitement wash over her as she sat at her desk. This was the first day of the rest of her life. Having recently been made redundant, Claire decided that the time was right to start her own business. She had been in finance for a number of years, and with a new baby, bookkeeping seemed like the right choice for her. She could work from home around little Lucy, and the startup costs were low.

After only a few days, Claire had her first potential client. It was a friend...

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A Second Client for Claire

A few weeks had passed since Claire had finished Stuart’s books. She had expected to find her second client by now. Surely someone had noticed all of those postcards she had put in the shops while out walking with Lucy? Each day, while waiting for the phone to ring, Claire grew more and more worried. Would she ever find another client?

Knowing that she would need to advertise, Claire called her local newspaper. A small advert would cost her 80 a week. It was quite a commitment for Claire, she...

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Claire's Growing Pains

6 months on and Claire’s business was growing steadily. She now had 7 regular clients all paying around 10 per hour. Things seemed to be going pretty well, but having been so fixated with finding clients, she hadn’t really been keeping on top of her own bookkeeping. As is so often the case, her own bookkeeping never paid so she would have to do it when she could fit it in.

Claire had kept the adverts running in the local paper, and with some other regular costs building up she decided that now...

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7 Apps That Will Increase Your Productivity

As bookkeepers, we’re always looking to systemise our work, and do the same in 30 minutes as it used to take us an hour to do. Here is a round-up of some of my favourite apps for productivity and organisation.



17Hats

This is a fantastic all round CRM (Customer Relationship Management) and workflow software. With just a little time setting this up it’ll handle all of your quotes, invoices, contact details, workflows and much more.

www.17hats.com $29/month



Trello

Sometimes you don’t need anything as...

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5 Great Free Image Sites for Your Blog

Blogging is a great way to take potential clients through the know, like and trust path. They can get a feel for not only you as a person, but also of your level of knowledge. It's a fantastic opportunity to show them that you're about more than just data entry.

One of the major problems of blogging is finding an appropriate image that wont break the bank. We've come to the rescue with 5 excellent sites of free photos. Most of these sites provide images that are totally free to use...

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Improvements at GoCardless

With the launch of the new dashboard, it looks like it'll be easier than ever to collect payments from clients. Not just the monthly payments for your menu pricing plan, but one off payments for additional work too.

Here's a look at the video from GoCardless.



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Adding Value to your Proposals - The Rules of Engagement

We are presenting a webinar in partnership with Practice Ignition on Friday 27th May at 1.30-2.30pm.

In this webinar, hosted by Practice Ignition, we will show you the HOW TO’s of automating your client engagement process and how you are missing out on easy revenue by doing it the old way.

We will also go into detail around how menu pricing has become the new norm and how you can convert your existing services to fixed or value based fees.

Make sure you stay to the end where we will be sharing...

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All Things To All People

My children are like most children. I want to give them interests and develop their social skills so that when the time comes, I know they can go out into the world and stand on their own two feet. I want to know that they'll have confidence to interact with others, and will have learned skills through their various extra curricular activities.

You know the stuff. Swimming on a Monday, football on a Tuesday, Cubs on a Thursday, badminton on a Saturday. Recently I've been wondering if, in my...

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Software Prices Comparison

We all know that most of the accounting software providers give discounts if you sign up as a partner to encourage you to offer that software to your clients. Whilst these prices may be mentioned on company’s websites it can be hard to find out what the discounts actually are. I guess this is because if Joe Public could see these prices they would want to know why they can’t get them direct. For bookkeepers however, it can be frustrating when you are trying to figure out what software...

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