Two and a half questions to help you in 2018

By | 2017-12-19T08:21:45+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Accountants, Uncategorized|

This week I invite you to identify your top achievements in 2017 and a few specific achievements you would most like to pursue in 2018. This should help you finish the year on a high and excited for what is to follow. I've also shared my own answers to the same two questions. Doing this yourself also means

How accountants can take control of their career success

By | 2018-07-12T08:01:25+00:00 April 5th, 2017|Career development, Uncategorized|

Duncan Brodie is a former Finance Director who helps accountants build successful careers. I've known him a while and feel his views are worth sharing here. Duncan's views will be especially helpful to you if you are nearly or recently qualified.  As he explains: Once upon a time a professional accounting qualification almost guaranteed that

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By | 2018-03-14T23:14:10+00:00 July 25th, 2016|Uncategorized|

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New hologram support service for accountants

By | 2016-04-01T07:09:08+00:00 April 1st, 2016|Accountants, Uncategorized|

Press Release Renowned accountants' mentor and commentator, Mark Lee, has teamed up with a Tokyo University for what he is calling an outsourcing knowledge experiment. This new service is quite distinct from Microsoft's recently announced holoportation which uses different technology. Using a simpler Japanese originated smartphone app, accountants will be able to have a hologram

STAND OUT Christmas greetings

By | 2015-12-22T12:26:29+00:00 December 22nd, 2015|STANDING OUT, Uncategorized|

I tried to do something different this year. Like many others I stopped sending cards to everyone a while back.    These days cards sent with a personal message can STAND OUT positively as they are now much less common than once was the case. Some cards and messages specifically STAND OUT. I remember one

5 tips from Stephen Lansdown’s entry on The Accountancy Rich List 2015

By | 2015-09-07T15:25:10+00:00 September 7th, 2015|Accountants, Following up, Uncategorized|

I was intrigued by elements of the Accountancy Rich List 2015 published by economia magazine. The magazine itself, as distinct from the online list, contains pen portraits of ten of those on the list, described as "inspiring entrepreneurial chartered accountants". In each case a sentence or quote has been given explaining 'How he made it".

How I manage my time on social media each week

By | 2015-05-26T09:54:29+00:00 May 26th, 2015|Conversational impact, facebook, Google+, Linkedin, Social Media, STANDING OUT, twitter, Uncategorized|

How long do you need to spend on social media to build up a decent following, contribute effectively and secure a good level of engagement? I'm not sure much has changed over the years since I started to use social media in 2006. The answers to those questions depend on your reasons for getting involved

Pricing for profit – who’s charging what?

By | 2015-01-21T15:53:37+00:00 January 21st, 2015|Uncategorized|

At this week's meeting of the Inner Circle, members shared their approach to pricing 6 specific client situations. A variety of distinct entrepreneurial approaches became apparent during the round-table discussion. In a clear sign of the times, none of the members referenced time-based fees or timesheets. Most members quoted monthly fee rates, or annual fees

Website and blog stats review 2014

By | 2018-03-14T23:39:56+00:00 December 26th, 2014|Uncategorized|

This will be the third time I have posted an annual review of my website and blog stats. It’s as much for posterity as it is for those who may be interested in such things. The 2013 review can be found here>>> Once again, visitor numbers and blog posts read are all significantly up on

2014 – Highlights of my professional year

By | 2018-03-14T23:41:01+00:00 December 23rd, 2014|Uncategorized|

In my last email newsletter of the year I promised to post here a summary of my highlights and what I have achieved and shared in 2014. January - Started researching and planning the launch of what became The Inner Circle for Accountants February - Appointed Treasurer of The Magic Circle. Very proud. Have been

More doubt spread re ‘approved’ tax schemes

By | 2018-03-14T23:53:53+00:00 October 2nd, 2014|Tax related, Uncategorized|

If this blog was a redtop newspaper the headline might have read: “Tax Barrister blows the lid off Tax Schemes scam”. I admit I was tempted! Regular readers will know that only very occasionally do I use this blog to reference tax related topics. When I do so my observations are still focused around helping

What is Mark Lee doing now?

By | 2018-03-14T23:03:32+00:00 August 12th, 2014|Accountants, Uncategorized|

This blog normally contains advice and insights to help readers. Every now and then I use it to share something more personal – for example, so that I have a record of related stats. This time I am answering a question I am often asked: “What are you doing now?” Since 2006 I have pursued a

Accountants vs SMBs – Intuit’s research

By | 2018-03-14T22:08:04+00:00 July 28th, 2014|Accountants, Uncategorized|

One of the advantages of attending Accountex for me is to be able to catch up with interesting developments I may have missed. One such was a white paper issued by Intuit at the end of 2013 on The Changing role of Accountancy. Subtitled - The Strategic Accountant: A Case for the Cloud. It's well

My favourite twitter tools

By | 2018-03-15T00:02:01+00:00 July 8th, 2014|twitter, Uncategorized|

I received a tweeted message from ‘twopcharts London’ on 6 July notifying me that it was the 6th anniversary of the day I joined twitter. This led me to check out ‘twopcharts‘ which was where the message originated. Despite my continued ambivalence about the business benefits of twitter I continue to be an active and

Linkedin and Facebook. What’s the difference?

By | 2014-06-03T09:30:39+00:00 June 3rd, 2014|Uncategorized|

A trainee accountant I know had just heard that I'd been speaking about Linkedin at an accountancy firm's away day. He was amazed that a firm would need this as, in his words, "Linkedin is just like Facebook isn't it?" This is a common misconception, fuelled in part by surveys and articles that reference Linkedin

Effective use of new tech in accountancy offices

By | 2014-05-21T11:08:25+00:00 May 21st, 2014|Inner Circle, Uncategorized|

This was the main topic for discussion at yesterday's meeting of The Inner Circle for Accountants. I have summarised below some of the key issues members addressed. We met at The Eight Club in Moorgate, London and Members again benefited from the sharing of knowledge and insights around the table. Inevitably we strayed onto related