Accountants’ alumni – revisited

By |2008-09-24T07:42:04+00:00September 24th, 2008|Uncategorized|

I wrote about the good and bad of alumni lists on this blog recently. Last night I attended another alumni do - this time it was at BDO Stoy Hayward's beautiful new offices on Baker Street, London. Regular readers will know that I remain a big fan of BDO. Last night reinforced such feelings.  It

Good agendas for meetings

By |2008-09-22T08:25:01+00:00September 22nd, 2008|Uncategorized|

It's been a while since I've shared my views on the benefits of good agendas for meetings with clients. The subject of agendas for in-house meetings came up recently on a business forum and I shared the following thoughts which are worth recording here too. I'm thinking here of the weekly or monthly team meetings

Setting fee rates – using costs incurred or value provided?

By |2008-09-17T23:08:13+00:00September 17th, 2008|Pricing|

Pricing the work that we do for clients is never easy.  When I worked for larger firms many years ago fees were determined by reference to 'costs on the clock' - ie: the aggregate of staff and partner time costs as measured by timesheets.  Charge out rates were commonly set at about three times the

How memorable are you?

By |2008-09-12T07:14:52+00:00September 12th, 2008|STANDING OUT|

Although now focused on 'ambitious accountants' this blog started life as containing advice and ideas for a more generic audience of 'ambitious professionals'. The following idea is SO good that I'm going to share it here anyway, although, I have yet to identify a way to adapt it effectively for accountants. At a business networking

WikiJob – for ambitious accountants

By |2008-09-05T07:41:28+00:00September 5th, 2008|Career development|

I came across an intriguing website recently that is worth referencing on this blog. It will be of interest to ambitious accountants seeking a new job or who work in one of the larger firms.  One of the guys behind  WikiJob tells me that: We challenge large accountancy employers by offering their employees and prospective