We are not just baby makers!

At the start of August, 37 year old Jacinda Ardern was elected as leader of the Labour Party in New Zealand. Less than 7 hours later she was already being questioned on whether she was going to have children. Now, whether you think it’s reasonable or not to ask a potential future prime minister this (it’s not, btw) the question remains, would this have been asked of a male leader? I think we all know that it wouldn’t.

3 out of 4 working mothers report some sort of discrimination in the work place, isn’t it time that we did something about it?

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What to expect at an ACCA exam

As exam season looms large again, sitting your first ACCA exam can be a little daunting. Honestly, sitting your 10th ACCA exam is a bit daunting, but if you know what to expect then you can focus your attention on preparing for the exam, rather than preparing for the day.

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Do we shelter ourselves?


I don’t often find myself listening to the radio, even in the car I prefer the company of an audiobook, but this weekend I caught part of a show on LBC where they were discussing the UKIP Leadership election and particularly the anti-Islam candidate, Anne Marie Waters. The show was a phone in and I was honestly shocked by some of the opinions of the callers and how prevalent they seemed to be which got me thinking about how our social circle impacts how we think the rest of the world thinks.

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The Liebster Award

I’ve been blogging for just over a week now and although I planned to keep my blog more opinion pieces and less information about me, I’ve been overwhelmed by how lovely ‘proper’ bloggers have been and I’ve found myself nominated for the Liebster Award by both Billi at Billi Loves Beauty and Elise at Eliseetamsinn. The Liebster award s a way to be discovered but also to connect and support the blogging community. Acknowledging up and coming bloggers for their talent, and being able to read many different blogs through each other. The simple rules are, you choose your nominees and you ask them questions that they will go and answer on their own blog.

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Embracing The Cloud

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I was blogging in my professional capacity today over at Taxkings about why we’re pushing for our clients to move to The Cloud. Our practice is very digital focussed and is something that we feel strongly about. Read on to see why.

I know that we make a lot of recommendations, probably more than a lot of accountants do, and we tell you that everything is for your benefit, and it is, but sometimes we don’t tell you why in enough detail. This is the first in a series of posts about Cloud Accounting and covers why we recommend what we do.

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Study methods – How I study

I’ve been studying for a long time now. I went back to college in 2011 and haven’t stopped since – and that’s after however many years of school. I’ve studied at various levels and using various methods but I’ve finally found one that works for me.

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Why I wouldn’t recommend university to aspiring Practice Accountants

Today is exam result day in Scotland and to anyone reading this and digesting their results, I hope you got what you were looking for. Please don’t panic if you didn’t, there are a number of  options still available to you – Skills Development Scotland have a help line set up on 0800 917 8000 – but if you’re looking to become an accountant, have you considered not going to university? I wouldn’t.

It’s a bold statement, I know. All through school you’re told that you should aspire to go to university, for professions especially. I actually did go to university from school, to do accountancy, but dropped out after a year to go to Ireland. That’s another story, for another time and rest assured that it was a massive mistake for a number of reasons, but not my career. In my opinion, if you want to be an accountant in practice, university isn’t the best way to achieve this.

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Can you blog without photos?

This is more of an internal blogger post than what I’ve put out so far, normal service will resume tomorrow.

I started blogging just under a week ago with 400 ideas in my head and decided to start getting them out there. Since then, I’ve entered the – slightly intimidating – world of bloggers, particularly on twitter. I’m not saying it’s not a friendly world, it absolutely is, but the volume and the quality of other blogs can be really quite overwhelming.

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How do we get to know our neighbours?

A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to move into our brand new home. It’s been stressful but it’s finally all coming together. Because we’re in a new build estate, the houses either side of ours are empty and will be for another month or so at least – but what about beyond that?

In times gone by everyone would know everyone. My Granda couldn’t walk down a street in his town without someone stopping him to say hello and it occurs to me that, other than my husband and daughter, I know precisely no one who lives in our new town. Don’t get me wrong, it’s only 30 minutes from where I grew up, but it’s a strange feeling, so how do we get to know our neighbours?

 

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