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Plan Your Accounts With Business Buddy

It’s That Time Of Year! Plan Your Accounts With Business Buddy

The team at Astill Hawke and Associates Limited have been working on planning all annual accounts work to assist them to effectively manage the workflow and ensure a quicker turnaround time for their clients and they are in the process of sending out their 2014 Annual Accounts Planning and Estimated fee letters. The Astill Hawke team plan on a month to do the work and will ask clients to bring in or send in the work and then check the information and will not start on the work until theyhave all the required information. To this end they will be posting by mail over the next few weeks an estimated fee letter (stating the estimated fee and the aspects of the work to be completed.

If they start a job and find there is more to it than anticipated they will contact the client with a revised estimate before continuing). They will also send an Annual Accounts Checklist to be signed and returned with all the required information which then gives them the authority to go ahead to
prepare the Annual Accounts.

Astill Hawke are not your standard accountants. They specialise in providing accounting and business development services to tradespeople and they care about the success of a business and understand the issues that tradespeople face. The professional team at Astill Hawke regularly come across tradespeople who are simply not up to date with compliance, paying too much tax and not realising the potential of their businesses. They understand business and can solve compliance issues and help clients to grow their business. They also understand the long hours, physical challenges and paperwork struggles that tradespeople face today and have developed strategies and packages to suit their needs, from owner-operators to larger trade firms.

At Astill Hawke they use the latest technology to deliver a whole new level of service to small and medium businesses. Director Kirsten Hawke says software such as Xero enables her team to significantly alter the type of work they do for clients. “In the good old days accounting was all about reviewing financial progress at the end of the year, filing tax returns and having a beer with your client, while you consoled them”, Kirsten says. With Xero software and all of the brilliant apps businesses can track progress, save time and make strong strategic plans based on up-to-date.

The focus for Astill Hawke’s clients is much more forward thinking because they can have constant access to information that tells them what happened yesterday or even this morning, rather than finding out the good or the bad news at the end of the financial year.

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