Instead of a final post of the year, I offer you a reminder of ten of my most popular blog posts (out of the 50 posted, one each Tuesday) in 2019. I’ve included the links in case you missed them originally or want to take another look.

In January I explained my answer to the question: What will accountants be doing differently in 2019.  I resisted the temptation to predict big changes happening overnight. More that there would be an acceleration of the pace of change. That post finished with a prediction that accountants will be doing more strategic planning for their own firms, future and livelihoods.  The writing is on the wall and things are changing faster than ever.

Looking back I think I was pretty much on the button. Having said that, beyond a tweek for MTD, I would probably say much the same as regards 2020!

In February I offered Practical solutions for accountants who don’t want to choose a niche

And in March I was debunking another common misconception by explaining What’s more important than whether compliance work is dying? I ended the post by summarising part of the answer as being how you will respond to the inevitable changes that are just around the corner.  Do you want to be prepared for them or to risk leaving it too late to evolve your practice? Will you be satisfied if your practice survives or do you want to plan, prepare and be ready to thrive as things change – as they most certainly will do over the next few years?

April saw one especially popular post as it addressed an issue so many firms are facing. I offered a less conventional yet eminently practical and commercial solution to Solving your recruitment and resourcing challenges.

In May I offered another perspective on The future of compliance services for accountants (ten years on) I was keen to point out that early predictions of the end of compliance work in 2008 had been premature. However it would be foolhardy to ignore the signs now on the wall!

In September we were back to predictions and my explanation, against the general trend, that Nothing much will change for accountants in two years, but what about ten?

In October I addressed the same issue in two separate posts. Firstly I referenced how I engage the more traditional partners when I speak at firms’ events – by explaining to them that Your (current) clients are only part of the story. Then, later the same month, I amplified the point and set out why I believe that Your current clients are the least of your problems when you look into the future.

Also in October I shared one of my list style blogs by setting out A dozen fallacies accountants should not accept at face value

And then in December I identified 12 commonly heard excuses amongst accountants who don’t want to invest in new tech. This post was titled: Challenging 12 poor excuses for not investing in new technology