It’s time for the Autumn Edition of our Quarterly Newsletter: BeCOS Bookkeeping Matters!
Thanks for stopping by to read our newsletter. In this addition we tell you how to stop bookkeeping becoming a “monster”!
Stuart Sinclair from CVSL has essential advice on car leasing in our interview section.
You’ll find out how much we raised at our last charity event: the “Woof for Life”.
Who could this be? It’s either a member of COS or a staff member. Tweet your guesses to us @cosbookkeeping
Answer to last Guess Who: Gill Arnott
How to stop your Bookkeeping from becoming a Monster
via GIPHYWe’ve come across many businesses who have a monster of an issue but as trained monster hunters we’re here to help. With our help we can help prevent that Mogwai turning into a Gremlin. Here’s a few tips on where to start.
If it’s already a monster: stop feeding it
If you’ve ended up piles of paperwork everywhere then act now before it gets worse. If your bookkeeping isn’t organised you could easily lose or discard important documents. This could land you in alsorts of trouble and it isn’t healthy for your business.
Make sure you have the right weapon
Software is the best tool you can have for organising your books. If you’re still using pen and paper then it could become a beast that you just can’t manage (or fit) in your business. Having the right software can save you hours of time and it doesn’t have to be complicated to use.
Diarise “danger days”
There are many fines sat there waiting for unfortunate unorganised souls. Don’t let them catch you out because you weren’t prepared. Make sure to diarise important financial dates like tax returns. You can then make a plan of action leading up to those dates to prevent you becoming stressed and rushing.
Don’t let it feed on your fear
There are many things that can go wrong if you don’t know how to process your finances correctly. The best thing you can do is either hand it over to someone who knows how, or to undertake some training. Don’t allow scary words and lack of knowledge defeat you.
If you feel like you’re battling a monster don’t be afraid to call us on: 0161 850 3355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Charity Chit Chat
Sponsored Dog Walk raises howlingly good amount for Cancer Research UK
On the 9thSeptember our charity group hosted a sponsored dog walk called the Woof for Life at Longford park in Stretford.
How much rain?
The weather wasn’t kind to us but our volunteers were there regardless. With hoods up and brollies at the ready they eagerly put up gazebos and set up stands. We were lucky to have the police cadets volunteering with us and they worked so hard. We can’t thank them enough. With around 30 volunteers in total we stormed on. We even had Miss Manchester on hand to help us.
The teams are ready to go
Soon our contestants turned up to register and dogs of all shapes and sizes were kitted out with homemade neckerchiefs. Miss Manchester met all the dogs and decided who would win our competition categories. Local Labour MP Kate Green came by to say a few words of encouragement and off they went.
Fun for everyone
Once everyone was back from the walk, the competition was judged and special goody bags were awarded to the winners. On top of that our dog walkers received a goody bag filled with things for both humans and canines to enjoy. The pooches were given their very own rosette to take home for all their hard work.
We had face painting, guess the name of the teddy and had award-winning art on sale too. We even had our very own mascot who was looking after our tombola.
An amazing amount raised
We’re very pleased to announce that we raised £286 for Cancer Research UK!
A huge thank you to everyone to volunteered, took part, or sponsored!
So what’s next?
Our next event is our Masquerade Ball which will be on the 7th July 2018. Tickets won’t be released for this until early next year but please pop the date in your diary in the meantime.
Vehicle Leasing – The way forward for business and personal
Interview with Stuart Sinclair from CVSL
Q. What are the benefits of leasing a vehicle?
By leasing you have no disposal worries and therefore avoid the risk of depreciation of your vehicle – that worry belongs to the finance house. If you purchase a car you run the risk of losing money when you eventually come to sell the car.
Other benefits include:
- Fixed, low monthly rental rate
- Low initial payment
- Breakdown cover included
- Road tax included
Q. How does the finance side work (at CVSL)?
You will put down a none refundable deposit payment and then have a set schedule of payments for the remaining term of contract. Once the contract is finished, dependent on the specific product, you have options to either return the vehicle, purchase or maybe extend the contract. At CVSL we have fleet discounts which effectively means the vehicles are purchased at cheaper prices which results in lower rentals. If you lease, you have a fixed monthly cost that is set for the duration of term so no hidden surprises. There are a variety of different types of contracts which include:
- Contract hire
- Finance lease
- Contract purchase
- Hire purchase
- Lease Purchase
- Outright Purchase
- Personal Contract Hire
- Personal Contract Purchase
We can recommend what’s best for you.
Q.What happens when it comes to maintenance and servicing?
You can choose to pay for your own servicing and maintenance or you can build the figures into your rentals. Again this will be a fixed monthly charged simply designed to give you hassle-free motoring and most packages carry a no quibble puncture replacement policy. CVSL have all the finance packages required whether Personal or Business requirements to ensure you’re in the best cost effective product for you.
Q. Can I personalise my vehicle with decals to advertise my business?
Yes you can. You just need to ensure they are removed if you hand the vehicle back at the end of your leasing period.
Q. How do I get my vehicle?
Free of charge mainland UK delivery straight to your doorstep or place of work
If you’d like to know more about vehicle leasing you can visit their website here. If you’d like to speak to Stuart you can call him on: 0800 085 4256 or email him: email@example.com
Below you’ll find a list of upcoming events. If you’d like to know more about a particular one please click on the appropriate link.
- COS Members’ Christmas Social –Saturday 18th November
- Xero Introduction Training Course – Thursday 7th December
- Xero Intermediate Training Course – Thursday 21st December
- Xero Advanced Training Course – Tuesday 16th January
Meet Smokey, the big tuxedo cat. He’s owned by Managing Director: Karen Garrattley.
- Stopping humans from using computers by sitting on their knees and head-butting their arms.
- Sitting on kitchen stools in the hope he might get to eat with the humans.
- Asking to be let out at the front door when he has a cat flap.
- Sprawling out in front of the fire
- Being moody
Skills and Qualifications:
- Being able to jump up and double punch a human’s leg whilst their walking. This is his way of telling humans he’s tired of waiting for food.
- He’s a big cat and so his paws can deal a powerful swipe to his enemies.