Updated: Aug 5
Firstly, I need to apologise for last night's edition. I should have put a disclaimer in saying 'some viewers will find the picture disturbing' given that the picture was of meat.
I note that not that many people were disturbed, based on the number that have confessed to placing online orders...
Being committed to balance, hopefully tonight's picture will redress that.
What are my positives today:-:
1.I've become an Influencer
I know that is the sort of thing one needs to be careful about writing at present. It tempts the response of "What, you mean a virus ?"
But, as a result of last night's email there have been some sales made of Dingley Dell Charcuterie by some of you that were reading. Which means I can really embarrass the children now - I'm not just a run of the mill Blogger.. Just need to find a way of getting tax and accounting onto the TikTok platform...
(for those to whom that means nothing, see https://www.tiktok.com/)
2. Shops are open
That doesn't interest me much in itself, I can't say I've been itching to get on the High Street.
But as our economy has, for many years, been propped up by consumer spending, the fact that Mr & Mrs Joe Public can go and blow their credit card in Primark must be a postive thing.
3.New Accounting Standard on 'Accounting for Climate Change'
I am informed by my Institute that there is now guidance for how to account for climate change. Great, just what I was waiting for.
So when it rains, I debit water butt and credit cloud. Or as we're talking climate maybe it is debit sea, credit ice ?
I read the guidance and find, luckily, that those standards apply only to the very largest companies. Phew.
But with the world wobbling around us, I just wonder whether there aren't more pressing things that our 'Thought Leaders' should be leading on ?
What am I talking to clients about today ?
Going cashless.I always thought that money laundering was a bad thing, but maybe in our present world a way of sanitising notes and coins would be a lifesaver !
Governments and big business have been frowning on cash for some time, and maybe the pandemic has hastened its demise. (Time for a conspiracy theory anyone ?)
That's all well and good, but how does the smaller business cope ? Credit card machines have reasonably high standard monthly costs and can be prohibitively expensive to buy. Google is your friend here - take a look for examples at iZettle, Stripe or Paypal. And maybe with a bit of 'outside the box' thinking you can change the way you do business.
For example, if you run fitness or dance classes, rather than taking £5 in a grubby note as someone comes through the door, design your website so that they buy prepaid credits online. Then all you need is a system (paper and pen if you must) to record the fact they came.
There are all sorts of alternative ways of collecting 'non-cash' money. Take a look at GoCardless - which can even accept direct debits on your behalf.
Until tomorrow, stay safe, stay positive
This is Brassica oleracea, commonly known as 'cabbage', renowned for its versatility and distinct lack of taste. It is available online at many websites, or can be purchased in shops such as the one below