Greetings for 2019
2018 was perhaps one of the more challenging years that we faced in our country over the last decade. With major changes, scandals and uncertainties painted all over the world around us, it was a daunting task to stay positive, get out of bed and engage in the daily grind.
Some businesses closed their doors, some made emergency landings. Inflation is not looking down. Interest rates increased. And at the end, profit (if any) did not appear in the every day life of the small business in South Africa.
But besides that, 97% of the businesses in our area are still in business. Some are taking detours, but not all are going south. I think us South Africans have learned to become streetwise, resilient, creative and strong enough to face most of the everyday hurdles. Besides that, we know how to take a punch and live with the scars.
I do not foresee 2019 to be any easier. We have elections on its way, with ever increasing populism and policy uncertainty. We are exposed to dollar denominated input costs, increasing interest rates and lower returns on investments.
In 2019 the South African small business owner should have his footwork in place from as early as possible. No longer can we grow our existing business by only hoping on a better deal. Cash flow management, driving profitability and applying stricter internal controls are just some of the things that must become part of our daily routines.
When last did you have your business valued? When last did you ask yourself: am I creating value for myself (or the shareholders), and am I moving forward? Have you calculated how much cash will you have in the bank by the 31st of December 2019? Will I still be in business by 31 December?
If you can’t answer positive to any of those questions, we need a session in the consulting room.
With the above in mind, please allow me some space to discuss some important matters for the year ahead of us:
Office space, meetings and consulting sessions
During October 2018, I got a small office in Paarl. This space will primarily be used as a meeting point, and to create a comfortable space where matters can be discussed. On Thursdays Tessa and me will be in the office (9 am to 4 pm), so feel free to pop in if you are in the area.
All other meetings should preferably be booked and agreed in advance (by email to Tessa or me) and should be limited to business meetings. Please note that all meetings taking place in my office or yours, will be billable.
Should you decide that Paarl is simply too far, and you want to have a face to face meeting (as opposed to a Skype meeting or phone call), travelling time and travel costs will be added to the consulting fee.
You can also use the office to drop documents (at the office or at reception). Should you wish to collect any documents, please organise this in advance as the office will not be used to store physical or electronic documents.
The address is:
57 Main Road
La Concorde (the KWV Building)
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/VurWK34ueLR2 . Ask at reception or give us a phone call / text on the usual numbers. There should be more than enough free parking around the building.
Fees for 2019
With the current state of the economy, fees will always remain a discussion point. Given this, I’ve decided on the following fee structure. (All amounts excluding VAT).
- All recurring services will be increased with no more than 6% between today and 31 December 2019. The minimum increase, in Rand value, will be R20 per service.
- All new work taken on (for existing and prospective clients) will be done at a rate of R950 per hour (as opposed to R1 050 per hour in 2018).
- Travel cost will be billed at R600 per half hour (this factor in both travel cost and time), for travel outside Paarl.
- Fees remain negotiable, and clients are encouraged to agree on fees before work commence on major assignments.
- Repetitive emails and lengthy telephone consultations will be billed separately.
Client needs and expectations
If you came this far, please put aside some time to assist with the following.
To date I supplied my clients with traditional accounting, auditing and taxation services. I frequently get asked “what other services can you supply us with”, to which I reply, “what are your needs?”.
As a chartered accountant 15 years’ experience in servicing small and medium enterprises and a wide support network (attorneys, advocates, accountants, consultants, insurance experts, investment managers, marketing managers and tech gurus) the scope of services which I can offer directly or indirectly, is far more than traditional number crunching.
I will appreciate it if you can take a minute or two just to think about your business needs for the coming year and inform me of any areas where you think I might be needed. Alternatively, I will be happy to meet with you to discuss any ideas for further services you might require.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- Mobile and SMS: 079 872 8312
- Landline: 021 863 2485