From The Knowledgebase: Business Growth

I know is sounds like the start of a really crude conversation between a group of lads on a stag do in Benidorm .. but just for a moment, humour me, and think about how often you, or the man in your life, buy new underwear? Are they one of those items that he waits…

When looking at taking on a new team member some business owners cannot look past the annual salary figure and think “I can’t afford that!” But in reality a new team member or employee should end up saving you money.  You just have to look at it a different way … Outsourcing For example, if…

For every £1 that comes into your business – do you know what percentage is yours??? Having all your money in one bank account is like having your family’s clothes in one drawer … it would be very untidy and cause havoc. But so many business owners do this. I used to! I used to…

Have you ever been a victim of your own success?  Have you ever done something to grow your business that was too successful and you struggled to cope with demand? We have … we did a two day exhibition at a business convention once that nearly crippled us, this is no exaggeration we really did…

Well a month into this year already … how did that happen!! That is a twelfth of your time gone towards your goals, how are you getting on? Sometimes it’s really hard to see the wood for trees and if you’re not a numbers person then having to calculate if you are “on track” can…

Did Father Christmas bring you everything you wanted this year? The car that’s been your screen saver for like forever? The holiday your kids will remember forever? The dream kitchen you want for the house? ….. No?? Well I guess you didn’t write that letter soon enough in 2018!! This year why not write your…

Quick Question – Have you started planning for 2019? If not, you probably should be asking things like… Where the business is heading? What it is going to look like this time next year? How do I turn my targets into reality? There’s a shocking statistic I read in an article in Forbes recently that…

Glancing down my Facebook memories over breakfast this morning I realised it was the anniversary of when I won my second EVA award for achievements in Financial Services. It reminded me that I haven’t entered TI Accountancy into any business awards for some time now, and I have added “to look for some appropriate entries”…

The thing I miss the most about England is people!! My daughter, parents, my friends, my team in the office and my hair dresser …. Yes my hairdresser! Finding a hairdresser you trust with your unruly hair is extremely difficult and I’d been with my hairdresser for 13 years before moving to Spain.  Now anyone…

Anyone else have a love/hate relationship with Amazon or is it just me? …. I love how easy they make it to spend money with them. I also hate how easy they make it to spend money with them …. I recently read The Everything Store by Brad Stone which tells the story of Jeff Bezos…

Since moving to Spain over a year ago I have been trying my hardest to learn Spanish. I’ve listened to the Collin’s Spanish lessons on audible, I’ve done the Duolingo app most days and I can still only speak “Pequeno Espanol”…. It’s just not that easy to learn a new language when you’re in your…

One way to get your clients to TAKE ACTION.. I’m writing this in the first week of January, a time when I get a lot of new and old clients sheepishly coming in the office to ask if I can do their tax return before 31st January deadline. These clients usually feel like they are…

With new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) coming into play in early 2018, it highlights the potential financial and reputational risk now associated with properly protecting valuable employee information. Over 5000 Morrisons employees are suing the high street grocer over a data leak that saw sensitive payroll data information for 100,000 employees posted online. The…

  Would you take a sabbatical? Despite almost two-thirds (65%) of British employees saying they would consider an extended leave away from work, it seems they are unlikely to take such a break and instead risk burn-out. New research, commissioned Opodo.co.uk, compared Britain with other nations across Europe and the USA, which reveals that British…

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the top topic of conversation in offices all across the country at the moment and every business needs to be aware of how the changes might affect them. There will be changes across each company but there are some core considerations for payroll departments before 25th May 2018…

Do you still want to be in the rat race as a pensioner?? I’ve seen a few articles recently about the increase in businesses being run by over 60’s.  My immediate thought was “wow … pensioner power” and loved the idea that many people nowadays are still enjoying being an active part of business into…

Friday 14th July is National Shark Awareness day I know it’s a tenuous link but I thought I’d ask you if have any sharks lurking in your business ready to take advantage of your good nature when you least expect it. Over time we have been bit by shark type clients at TI Accountancy  ……

A good working relationship between your business and someone who provides you with some sort of outsourced service is not something that happens overnight. It is the fruit of both your efforts over time to build a long-lasting relationship of trust and understanding. Psychologist Bruce Tuckman made famous the phrase “forming, storming, norming and performing”,…

Have you written social media guidelines for your staff to abide by? Like it or not social media is a huge part of our lives now and 30% of our time spent online is spent using some sort of social media and this figure can surely only rise.  As such it is important to let…

I was reading an article in Forbes recently that says that 9 out of 10 businesses fail, working with so many successful clients I find this statistic really hard to believe, that’s a staggering 90% of businesses and most of these failures being in the first two years. At TI Accountancy a large percentage of…

Sunday (28th January) is national puzzle day and I love puzzles, whether they are crosswords, suduko or jigsaw puzzles. My favourite jigsaw puzzle I ever completed, was one my sister got me as a birthday present. It was a photo I’d taken of my dogs while out walking in the lakes and she had it…

You’ll have heard the awful news about the earthquake that resulted in a tsunami in New Zealand. Nature is a powerful thing and something we cannot control. It got me thinking about the businesses in that area which were flattened in an instant and how they were affected. So many livelihoods wiped out by Mother…

Have you been let down? A couple of weeks ago a member of staff contacted a client about some queries on their account. The client was proactive and sent the responses back, but being in contact with us prompted them to say that they were unhappy with part of the service that they had been…

Charles Darwin famously said “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change”. I believe this is more relevant in business than it is to species.  There are some businesses that are prolific at this. Did you know…

I’ve been doing a lot of air miles recently, for business and pleasure, although I would never say flying is a pleasure!! The majority of my flights have been with Ryanair and I’ve been amazed at the different levels of service you can get from one aeroplane to another.  On one flight the air crew…

A few weeks ago I decided to change my internet provider as I was having intermittent problems with connection, as I don’t have terrestrial TV and I tend to watch movies on NOW TV and I also have the need to work from home and need a steady internet connection as my business uses a…

“LinkedIn, what is it all about?” I hear this question all the time and LinkedIn is the Facebook of the Business World – sounds exciting huh! You may be a LinkedIn Expert or you may have no experience of LinkedIn whatsoever. Either way please take 5 minutes out of your busy day and have a…

You will have probably heard about the cloud, here at TI Accountancy we use it every day! Cloud software’s are rapidly spreading across the nation! Actually not only the nation, it is turning companies into GLOBAL successes! We’ve seen small businesses grow and expand their customer base from their surrounding area to span across counties…

Hi everyone – Emily here, with my Office Manager black belt on…           It’s Friday today and I thought it would be nice to ask you how your working week has panned out? How productive have you been this week? Are you a super-efficient Office Ninja OR do you need a…

As much as we’d all like to, it’s impossible to avoid customer complaints from time to time. No matter how much you try, you can’t please all of the people all of the time – especially in the world of business. But when you DO get a complaint from a disgruntled customer, you like to…