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My Strategy For Surviving Coronavirus

By Belinda Whitaker of Rosemary Bookkeeping Chippenham who has run her business for more than ten years offering book keeping, bank reconciliation and VAT returns.

When did you realise the Coronavirus could be a problem for you and your business? 

I have had a new client and as they required me to work in their office, the start date was pushed back and that's when I realised what was happening and going to happen. 

What has been your plan to continue? 

Coming up with ideas to be able to work from home with the clients where I would normally go into their offices to work. Fortunately nearly all of our work can be carried out remotely, paperwork can be posted or scanned, this all helps keep personal contact to a minimum.

I would encourage all of my clients to switch to online bookkeeping software wherever possible to allow remote access.

What advice would you give to others in business? 

Try to plan ahead, spend time now examining your businesses books – incoming & outgoing and evaluate where you can be cost effective. 

What can we do to help each other?

Follow the guidelines from the Government & NHS, keep track of all of the information available to business owners, maintain social distancing as practically possible. Keep meetings remote and encourage others to do the same.

What do you think can be learned from this in the business world?

Have more a plan for working more remotely even though I thought I was already doing this. I've had to learn quickly and educate those clients I work with who want me to work in-house. . 

Your parting thought?

Keep meetings remote and encourage others to do the same.

For more information visit www.rosemarybooks.co.uk/chippenham          

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