Return to the Office But Are You Prepared?

Now that things are starting to develop into a new normal (whatever that may be?) after a very trying year, now is the time to get into the office and begin preparing for the new challenges ahead by finding the best bookkeeping practices for small business. But are you as prepared as you think you are?

Working from home for a good portion of 2020 has no doubt had a major effect in the way you work and balance your lifestyle. In fact, how you used to operate may now feel so alien to you it’s like hitting restart. Readjusting back into an office environment may not be as simple as showing up and making it business as usual. There are now extra concerns for yourself and any employees to consider.

All in all, you will find yourself having to adapt to new challenges not present before, which can take up even more of your day than you initially would expect.

If you employ a staff, are you adequately prepared for their safe return? Also, you may have to face the possibility that those staff members you had may not be able to return to their positions due to high-risk health concerns that were not a major factor before as they are today. Upon returning to work, some employees may find it hard to get back into the swing of things, a lot could need retraining.

This will be a transitional period that will require you as an employer to be flexible. There may not be options for childcare issues today with some employees and some may not be able to come to work how they previously have with transport issues.

You may opt for a gradual return and still have a majority work from home. If you have furloughed your staff, they have had a period where they have not worked for the better part of 6 months. It may not be as simple as you feel it is. You may need to manage your expectations and above all else, reducing your workload to be able to deal with this delicate transition is one of the best bookkeeping practices for small business.

You may need to unload some aspects of your own work in the office to better handle the return to work. You may choose to employ bookkeeping services to better handle the vast amounts of business invoices and accounts that need to be rebalanced after this period, or utilise payroll outsourcing services to ensure that your employees pay is received on time and you don’t extend your working hours late after the office closes.

At Pebbles Bookkeeping and HR we specialise in helping business owners with a range of small business bookkeeping solutions and payroll services in Manchester to your business. For easier money management for your business, contact us today to help yourself get your business back in the green with bookkeeping services in Manchester.

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James Balderstone, Lucid Networks

Pebbles Bookkeeping took over our bookkeeping when a full-time member of staff left the business.  Our accounts are relatively complex for a business our size because of the number of different suppliers and products we deal with, but Pebbles were able to get quickly up to speed.  We have significantly reduced our costs spent on bookkeeping activity as a result. They have also helped us move to a new accounting system (Xero), which we are already seeing the benefit of, and we’re looking forward to working with Pebbles in the future to automate more of our back-office processes.

TecCre8 Ltd

“We began to relinquish our bookkeeping tasks to Pebbles Bookkeeping in September 2020, following our meeting with Diane Huxley to discuss our requirements. We signed up with Diane immediately. We have all built a quick rapport with Diane and it’s good to know that we have her support and expertise at the other end of the phone.

Pebbles Bookkeeping is a perfect fit for our company and liaises seamlessly with our accountant. It is our pleasure to work alongside them.”

Nick Aldrich, Only The Brave

Only The Brave have used Pebbles Bookkeeping for a few years now and we treat them instinctively like an integral department of our business.

I have worked with Sean for over two decades in my previous businesses and when Sean and Diane went on their own it was a no brainer to get them involved with our day to day accounting.

Pebbles manage our bookkeeping, expenses, credit control and PAYE and have a keen eye for detail and help us spot important financial matters before they become issues.

Their integrity and honesty are unquestionable and as a result, Pebbles are an asset to our business and will continue to work with us for many years to come.

Lisa Heggie, The Gunnery

A massive thank you to Diane at Pebbles Bookkeeping & HR. You took the huge stress away from where do I start, with employee policies etc. You have created us a great, informative employee handbook, covering all necessary policies and risk assessments in a matter of no time and from the other side of the world too. I will definitely be in touch for any future help our company needs.

Sam Phillips, Sam Phillips Builders

“Sean and the team at Pebbles provide bookkeeping services and do everything from processing invoices to payroll and then final accounts to trial balance.  They have put processes and systems in place that have helped the company track our projects and see if they are profitable and to help us generate better profitability and cash flow.  I highly recommend Pebbles Bookkeeping and often pass their details onto my contacts.”