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.

Don't just take our word for it...

Wayne Dinning, Managing Director, SD Waste Paper Limited

Diane has been providing her services to my company for approximately 6 months now and I can honestly say that due to her assistance, my company is running a lot more smoothly than it has at any time over the previous 30 years that it has existed.

I would just like to say that I would recommend her services to any business, whatever the size, as I can only see that her services would be beneficial to any company that may choose to employ her services.

Robert Flinn, Director, The Drawing Room

“Pebbles have provided professional and personal approach to all our accounts needs from processing invoices to management accounts. Based in-house they have become a valuable asset to the business and have given us a more strategic and analytical approach to our finances.”


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.

Steve Tanswell, Manchester Facades

I changed book-keepers around a year ago because of a disagreement.  I employed Diane of Pebbles and having been with the same firm for 10 years, I was amazed by how easy working with Diane was.  Not only did the change save me money but also saved me time.  Utilising new technologies (to me) have massively improved the amount of money I can claim back in VAT and has made the whole process speedier and well as easier.  Even when Diane is chasing me for information she does in a friendly professional manner.  I’m thrilled to be working with her and would recommend her to anyone.

Sarah Rekia, Site Welfare

“In bringing Pebbles onboard, it has made me wonder why we decided to try and do our own bookkeeping at all. Pebbles came in and sorted 18 months worth of mess we had unwittingly created, and we cannot be more grateful. I wish I had been told about them years ago and I hope every business out there struggling would give them a call to fully see the benefits they are missing out on.”