It’s always a juggle with time; there never seems to be enough of it! No matter how much you seem to plan things in, something always seems to get in the way. Creating a time management plan is always hailed as the answer – but is it realistic?
I’m a big believer that knowing yourself fully is an advantage in your business. You may feel some resistance when you delve into who you are but stick with it as you will find it beneficial so you can shape your life and business to suit you. You will reap the rewards in your business and home life.
When I set up my accountancy practice 18 years ago, I knew nothing about what I needed to do to be successful – it was all trial and error! I had worked in practice for 16 years prior to this, but when you set up on your own it’s completely different. You may have found this out yourself!
Over the last ten years or so I’ve seen the role of accountants change. You are no longer only there to make sure your client has hit all their deadlines. More is needed from you!
You are needed as an advisor. Clients fear making a mistake and you are there to support them. As a result, your charges should reflect that.
HMRC has increased the current late payment interest rate applied to the main taxes and duties to 3% from 2.75% with effect from 21 February 2022. This is the second rate rise due to consecutive rises in the Bank of England base rate.
As we start the new tax year it feels like a new beginning. The longer days encourage us to be hopeful about the future. There’s never been a better time to plan what you are going to achieve in your career in accountancy over the next 12 months. You spend so much of your life in work that you need to be sure you are enjoying it!
A strategic plan helps you focus on the future for you and your business. What do you want to achieve? Until you know, there is no way you can work towards success. Therefore, you need a plan of action, a strategic plan to guide you on your way.
As we near the end of the 21/22 tax year it is a good idea to think about becoming more tax efficient, especially for higher rate taxpayers. Having a plan now will affect both this tax year and future ones.
My last blog to accountants was all about effective communication. Part of your communication strategy should be that you make your website and social media appealing to customers so that you attract your ideal client.
"I have been trying for some months to break through the accounting jargon and barriers I have encountered whilst working in practice.
Anna’s approach has helped me tremendously, from our first lesson together on the phone, in a way that works for me like nothing else.
Anna’s advice and knowledge has given me thoughts for consideration as I approach accountancy in a new direction. Also, it’s a joy to receive her inspirational cards".
"Anna delivered an engaging session on budgets, including understanding of setting, monitoring and reviewing. The practical analysis of an example budget provided the group with a higher level of understanding, whilst promoting the development of skills throughout. Very useful, thanks Anna".
Kerrys StevensonLeadership/ Internal Audit Tutor
At a time when there is so much uncertainty, in the working environment and for directors / self-employed it is priceless to have someone like Anna in your corner. Anna has supported me with a couple of one off sessions for me to ask questions about my accounts and business. What was immensely useful for me was to be able to ask in-depth detailed queries about payroll and business accounting, as well as to have a wider strategic discussion about my work and where my business is heading. Anna has the kindness, human connection, listening skills and business / finance expertise to support me and I will continue to work with her in the future, however I can.
Amarjot BhogalAmarrouh Limited
As the owner of a small business my core team is essential. Essential for the skills they bring, how they communicate, how they motivate and how they contribute to the growth of my business. My Accountant, Anna Goodwin, is undoubtedly a critical and integral part of my core team. Over the past year I have leaned on her heavily, both professionally, and personally. Professionally, as we have weathered covid-19 and the ensuing upheaval; and personally, as she supported me to jump through the various hoops required to secure a mortgage as a self-employed person. She has responded to every request with professionalism, a sense of urgency and true empathy for my predicament. Her patience, approachability and openness have ensured that what could have been a very daunting experience has instead been approached in a measured, organised, and confident way. I am lucky to have her on my team and in the HappyMaven tribe.
Suki K BassiHappyMaven Ltd
I think it is really important to choose the right person to work with from administration to bookkeeping and accounting. In Anna I have found someone who is extremely helpful and supportive.
Anna is Customer focused and a great accountability manager. She is understanding, patient, motivational and has great network links. Having the confidence to leave the accounting aspect of my business and yearly tax return to Anna provides peace of mind and space for me to focus on the fundamentals of business growth.
My most recent meetings with Anna have helped me to understand why I might transition my business from running it as a sole trader to a limited company in terms of the benefits that it could have for me and my future.
Not only has Anna been able to fully educate me on the options regarding my salary, dividends and so forth, but with Anna's help I have been able to make informed decisions regarding my pension, banking and client payment methods too.
Anna offers such a wholistic and personal service that helps me to take my business from strength to strength!
Myia Khela Maze Tuition
My circumstances and self-employed income changed significantly half way through last year, which would affected my payment on account. Anna went back through my Tax Return and adjusted it to reflect the changes which had a positive outcome financially for me, it brought a huge sense of relief.
Anna has helped me feel more confident in my business. She has a lot of experience and asks all the right questions. Highly recommend.
APA Training Ltd as a growing business needed a first class accountant who was professional, helpful and responsive to my company's requirements. I found Anna Goodwin Accountancy Ltd excellent - I cannot praise them enough.
Phil AlexanderAPA Training & Development Limited
Working with Anna makes everything seem alright again. You can have a spaghetti-tangle of a book recording situation and she calmly and professionally makes sense of it all.
Anna has such a reassuring style, she's able to advise and assist without ever seeming to judge, so my ineptitude with numbers is never a problem!
I'd recommend working with Anna if you need someone to help you see the wood from the trees and sort your financial housekeeping without causing a fuss.
Pam BurrowsPeople Booster
I had spent a lot of time "pondring" about my business and the financial implications. After explaining how I want to progress with my business, Anna clarified what were to me "grey" areas, answered all my queries clearly (being mindful of my lack of financial expertise) and offered information which opened up options I had not considered before! As a result, I have the confidence to make informed decisions. I really value the advice Anna provided and will certainly recommend her services to others.
Michelle Fakes L&D Practitioner
Really nice to speak to someone who didn't boggle me with jargon. I felt listened to and very happy with the advice. Hope to work with you again.
Clare ClaxtonWalsall Housing Group (WHG)
As my accountant, Anna earns my highest recommendation. I have recently had a business review/mentor session with Anna, and her knowledge of how to run her own business and ideas for me were an inspiration. She has encouraged me to develop my own business and given me valuable advice, I highly recommend these sessions.
Tricia Mills Freelance Graphic Designer
It is a pleasure and a joy to work with Anna. Not only is she an expert accountant, but she is an excellent mentor as well. During our working meetings she takes time to listen to me and to show me different ways of doing things and approaching problems which helps me to improve the services that I offer to my clients. In a short time we have developed a successful and mutually beneficial working relationship: She is very easy to get along with, genuine and friendly with a calm and non judgmental approach. I heartily recommend her both as an accountant and as a business mentor.
Alison TownsendATP Bookkeeping
I recently had a mentoring meeting with Anna, as I was just about to embark on the next phase of my business and had become "stuck" on the best accounting options, business set-up etc. moving forward. The mentoring time with Anna gave me friendly, practical and kind advice and support. The advice has given me options to consider and provided me with clarity, and the support has helped with focus on the practical, with no feelings of negative judgement on the business plan. As someone with over 15 years in business it's been refreshing to invest in this time with Anna, it's help me to feel more "centred" around my current business activities to enable me to create my future business products and services.
Linda Hill Linda Hill Fitness
Having worked with Anna on a personal level for several years I recently asked her to speak at one of our South Staffordshire Association of Driving Instructors meetings in Penkridge. Not only was her talk interesting and informative but she was very engaging and open to any questions that were asked. She also provided us with some very useful handouts. What we found particularly good was the fact that she was able to provide the correct advice and guidance for our needs as driving instructors. I would have no hesitation in recommending Anna for any form of accounting, mentoring or speaking as she has a very down to earth and friendly approach. We will definitely invite her back in the future!
Chris Scott-Douglas Deputy Chairman, South Staffs Association of Driving Instructors
Anna delivered a really interesting presentation to FSB Black Country branch members, in an entertaining style and with calm authority that proved her practical expertise to help businesses of all shapes and sizes. We will invite her back very soon.
Steve ParkerChairman, FSB Black Country Branch
I am delighted I chose to work with Anna on my tax return. She is professional but carries a warming and caring nature which straight away put me at ease.
Very easy to work with and is there on the other end of the line if you have any concerns. I would highly recommend her.