You Want Me To Walk For 10 Minutes A Day?
Maybe one day I'll find the time ...
As a nation, we do not do enough walking, according to a report published last week by Public Health England. They cited 'juggling the priorities of everyday life' and 'sedentary nature of modern, busy lives' making it difficult to find time in the day for exercise ...
Well, it would be lovely to walk for 10 minutes a day, but I'm just too busy!
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Trying to run your own business, keeping on top of your bookkeeping and finances as well as managing a family and a house is difficult, let alone trying to fit in any time for walking!
However, we all know that ensuring your bookkeeping is up to date is key to understanding what drives a business and in turn, this can help you to see exactly how well the business is doing at any given time.
"As your business grows, so too does the amount of bookkeeping!"
It can be a time-consuming, complex and often-neglected task, so how can you manage it all? Maybe finding a bookkeeper could help take the administrative burden from you? It would free up some time for you to get out, get some fresh air and prove Public Health England wrong.
There are many bookkeepers out there, so who do you choose? Here at Essendon we provide a high-quality bookkeeping service giving you financial expertise and support with your day to day needs.
We can help take this administrative burden from you, to prevent the bookkeeping taking over your busy life. We aim to save you time, money, effort and a whole load of stress. You can send us your paperwork, whether that is a bag of receipts and statements or scanned email copies of invoices and we will provide all the administrative support you need, preparing whatever reports and information you require.
At Essendon, we are a close-knit team, which allows us to ensure that we are in the best position to identify, help and understand any other requirements you may have.
However, it is important that whoever you choose, you decide carefully, finding the best fit for you. Here are some things to consider in order to help you find the right bookkeeper for what you need:
Finding someone who can be flexible to your needs and your working style; they need to be able to relieve the burden from you, not increase it.
A good bookkeeper will be able to explain the finer details of your accounts to you without using jargon or confusing you even more. Alternatively, they'll be able to summarise for you, without the need to go into the details.
It is important to find someone who has adequate qualifications or experience. They should be registered with the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers or a recognised accountancy or bookkeeping body (AAT, ACCA, ICAEW). This will give you peace of mind that they are keeping up to date with changes in legislation and updating their knowledge and skills.
Knowledge of appropriate software
Ideally, find someone that has knowledge of the most up to date software out there which can help you streamline your business, bringing together all the aspects of your day to day needs, from invoicing to payroll, to VAT returns and payments. Being able to advise you on how you can link or improve your processes through software could save you a lot of time and money.
As much as you need to be able to trust your bookkeeper and be confident in their skills, they need to be able to find the same with you. To be able to produce accurate reports, your bookkeeper needs to be able to access the information they need and be able to ask you any questions to make sure they get the right information. You must be honest with them and build an understanding of each other.
Well, in the time that it has taken me to write these thoughts down Roger has been out for a 40-minute walk for lunch. He's already in credit in the Public Health England '10-minute-walk-a-month' bank!
"Would you like to know more?"
If you're interested in a high-quality, cost-effective bookkeeping service from us, call me on 0333 335 0453 or click here to ping over an email and let's see how we can help you.
Until next time ...
If you would like to read the report from Public Health England then you can click here.
After seven years working in communication and marketing Victoria made the decision recently to change careers and enter into the world of accountancy, and is currently studying towards becoming an ACCA-qualified accountant.
Victoria is part of the accounts team, assisting with accounts preparation, CIS returns, VAT returns, personal tax returns and anything else that she can help with!
When Victoria isn’t studying or working she has a young son that keeps her occupied, and also enjoys playing netball, running and socialising with friends and family.
Victoria also plays the accordion, having been UK Solo Accordion Champion for her age group on three separate occasions, and enjoys playing in a barn dance band and giving talks about the instrument to local groups.