No More Cheques!

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It has been a really busy week.  I have been down to visit my Mum in hospital twice in Swindon, had the kids off for their half term hols, met with more clients than in any other week in history and just found time to watch thursday’s episode of springwatch last evening.

I recently made a policy decision to not accept cheques any more. 

Most retailers have gone this way with shoppers/clients preferring to use their debit/credit cards instead (including me!).  I have got to the point of simply expecting every business to accept credit/debit cards and am now somewhat suspicious of any business I come across that doesn’t.  I have a chip and pin machine in the office now and this is proving popular both with people calling in to use their card, or just ringing up with the details and paying that way.

It is better for clients and better for me as the money is in the account much quicker than it takes a cheque to be taken to the bank, paid in, and waited for it to become cleared funds in the account.  Some people are still happy to use the internet to pay their bills via online banking.  I am more than happy with this as long as they let me know a payment is on the way!  More than once I have had a stroppy phone call asking why they have received a statement when a payment has been sent, but forgotten it can take up to five days for it to appear in our account.  If I know it’s coming, I can mark their file accordingly.

Finally, the absolute best way to pay the bills for clients, and for us, is the monthly standing order option.  I am pleased with the positive uptake of this scheme but many are still reluctant to commit.  The benefits for you are that you receive no large bills at all and your fee is fixed for two years from when you join the scheme.  The benefits for us are that it helps us budget better and smooths our own cash flow.

~Ray

Ray Stewart
I am a qualified Certified Practising Accountant having passed my final exams way back in 1981. I actually can’t believe that was 37 years ago!! Anyway, I am now in my 60’s and I have been running my own business since May 1983. And before you ask, no, I have never regretted a moment of it! Part of the membership requirements of my professional body now dictate that I spend quite a lot of time on “CPD” - continuing professional education (one of their better ideas) - and over the last two years I decided to study business growth and marketing. I have learnt such a lot and that knowledge has radically changed my old “accountants” approach to business. It has made such a difference to the way I work and operate I feel that I just have to pass on this knowledge. It is simply too powerful to hold back!! - but I will try and do it in simple terms rather than expecting you to spend hours, as I had to, working through the difficult language that trainers seem to use to pass on their concepts. I hope you find the blog a useful resource and interesting place to visit as the months pass. I will do my best to keep up the flow - but if there are any topics you would like me to cover, then please let me know. Ray Stewart
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