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2015 – the year in review at e-BAS Accounts

Well here we are at the end of another year! I can’t believe 2015 is almost over. One thing I like to do each year is have a look back at what has gone on in my business whether this be big, small, good or bad. I think it’s a good exercise to do because it’s easy to get lost in all the daily work we do and forget about our achievements, business growth, special events and even the sad events. So this week’s blog is a general look back at 2015 for e-BAS Accounts, the good, the bad and the ugly (hopefully not too ugly!).

Healthy and rotten apple

After a short Christmas break, JANUARY saw us launch back into preparing the quarter 2 BAS for our clients which continued well into February. We also attended a Xero webinar, “Workshop Software” and visited several Geelong-based clients.

In FEBRUARY, while we madly completed the quarter 2 BAS’s, we attended the Xero Roadshow (a day seminar), an ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) network meeting and published our bi-monthly newsletter. A new client came on board also, Rodin Business Solutions. MARCH was full of professional development events – the ICB Melbourne Conference, MYOB Roadshow and an ATO Live Webcast (their first attempt at sharing information with tax professionals online).

In APRIL we published the second bi-monthly newsletter for the year and welcomed 2 new clients, Total Tree Care and the Meinert Group. The BAS train left the station again and saw us begin preparing the Q3 2015 BAS for clients. Becoming very busy now, Louise decided to employ a cleaner to give her back some much-needed time (good decision). We also joined with Employsure to assist us with client employment issues (even better decision). We also attended another ATO webcast but this one was just for BAS Agents. Something else we did this month was launch our mini newsletters, Quick-e’s.

MAY was not a good month on a personal front. Our office mascot Lucy, passed away and left a huge hole in our hearts (RIP Lucy). It was a very difficult time as any pet owner would understand. Hard and all as it was, work continued (not much choice in the matter) and saw us visiting clients on site in Geelong and completing the Q3 2015 BAS for clients. We attended an Employsure seminar called “Do you know the Fair Work Act well enough to avoid claims?” at the Truffleduck in Fyansford (beautiful spot). During May we also started with Receipt Bank, an online data storage app. We have put some clients onto this app and so far, so good. Lastly, we launched Training Tuesdays in our office to assist with training and education requirements. JUNE was full of professional developments events: a Saasu webinar called “Tags”, a Xero webinar called “Receipt Bank, Xero Winter of Add-ons”, another Xero webinar called “Payroll end of Year processing in Xero”, an Australian Payroll Association (APA) called “2015 EOY webinar”, an ICB network meeting and the ICB EOY BAS Webinar.We also wrote another bi-monthly newsletter.

JULY was an interesting month. On a positive note, our employee TASH started with us and we took on 2 new clients IC4 Developments and Justin Abrahams. Tash was thrown into the deep end as we began processing client payment summaries, Q4 2015 BAS and end of financial year reporting. Amongst all of this, Louise’s disabled son became very ill and required around-the-clock care. This made office-life very difficult so Louise was very glad to have Tash on board to help 🙂

AUGUST saw us take on new client Sarah Nanclares. Amongst taking her son to see various specialists etc, Louise battled on and continued with the year-end client tasks as well as visiting local clients on site. We attended another ICB network meeting and also a Shoeboxed webinar. Another bi-monthly newsletter was also written and published.

In SEPTEMBER we welcomed new client, Phil Turnbull. Tash headed off to Bali for her annual holiday so things were quiet in the office for a while. Louise continued on with her mound of client work and onsite visits. Another ICB network meeting was attended and Louise investigated using Accelo (Affinitylive) as an alternative to Teamwork (she is still investigating….).

OCTOBER was another sad month. A lovely FaceBook connection, Jane Crews, passed away after a long illness. Her loss was felt far and wide and many of our connections here remember her and feel her loss.

On a more positive note, we took on 3 more new clients in October: Anni Lenhart, Business Answers & Support and Interim Business Solutions. For professional development, we attended a day-long QuickBooks Online seminar, another ICB network meeting and an APA webinar – “Reasons for termination and best practice to ensure compliance”. October also saw the very first Grand Final public holiday occur in Victoria.

During NOVEMBER, we attended a book launch for one of our lovely clients, James Crook (Choc Chip Digital). His book is Digitally Enhanced and is highly recommended by us. This was a great night and we are very proud of James indeed! As we madly completed Q1 2016 BAS’s for clients, we also attended 2 seminars, ATO seminar in Geelong for BAS Agents – “Your registration, your obligations” and an Employsure webinar – “Managing staff in line with workplace legislation”. Lastly, we welcomed 3 new clients, Nitrotyre, AusResearch Pty Ltd and Heart of Bone.

As we head into the last month of the year, DECEMBER we can report that is will be full of fun as you would expect! We will attend the ICB Christmas luncheon and also our own staff Christmas lunch at the Wyndham Resort, Torquay. Although client work will continue, we will be winding down slightly and closing for the Christmas break on 24th December (we reopen 4th January 2016).

So that was 2015 in the e-BAS Accounts office. We experienced some huge growth as we welcomed 13 new clients. We started a new employee which has proven to be a very positive step in our development. We experienced some sadness with the loss of a much-loved pet and a good friend. We struggled with work-life balance when Louise’s son became ill. However, on the same front, she found engaging a cleaner to be a wonderful help both personally and professionally. We also serviced our professional development requirements, attending many seminars and webinars during the year. One other thing Louise is proud of is that she has written 40 blogs in 2015 just like this one (a great effort!).

While a break at Christmas time is certainly needed, we are looking forward to another year in our little home office in 2016. We are hoping to improve our systems and procedures and to provide our clients an even better service. Bring it on!

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