Business is Personal

Rob and Nathan showing accountants Checkmybooks in action

Rob and Nathan showing accountants Checkmybooks in action

We're all about numbers. I mean, as accountants (and accountancy software developers), we're all about business and businesses are all about numbers – right? 

After visiting Accountex this year I left with a slightly different view. It felt bigger and busier this year. There was noticeable dominance of all things online and a steady stream of accountants mingled and met to see the latest software in the industry. 

I'd go so far as to say it was a fun atmosphere and there were stands with built in bars and remote control racing cars and all kinds of competitions, giveaways and freebies. Wandering round I could see people kept bumping into those they knew with lots of vigorous hand shaking. I was reminded that business is about people as much, if not more than it is about numbers. 

Speaking to lots of startup accountants there were mixed feelings about what was on offer at Accountex. Although now dominant in presence, many software as a service businesses were still in their infancy and often didn't deliver quite what was needed. There was however an optimism about the future potential and the low price at which such innovative software could be delivered. 

My personal highlight was after explaining Checkmybooks to a new startup accountant I'd not met before. He was so delighted with what was on offer, and the price at which we could provide it, he felt the need to hug it out. Had I looked closer I may have seen a tear of joy in his eye. 

When focused on the numbers I easily forget how personal business is. It's all about relationships. 

Accountex 2015 - a new baby meets the World

Last week I was fortunate enough to be exhibiting our freshly released Checkmybooks at Accountex to a warm and receptive crowd. Standing in front of an 8ft tall print out of the most useful screen of our product definitely made my week. As our founder himself is a chartered accountant, we've always known that the product is useful and fills a very real purpose and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to be able to see what people thought of it in person.

It was exciting to be able to demonstrate what we've been hard at work on for the past few years and to see the look on people's faces as they worked out how much time it would save them for every client they had. All of the accountants we talked with not only understood but had first-hand experience of the three main problems that we're solving with Checkmybooks:

  • The pain of handling backups of accounting files from clients
  • Spending lots of time looking for errors, mis-postings and inconsistencies
  • Ensuring that the adjustments they make are processed back into the client's records

What was even more valuable for us though, was the feedback we were getting as we were talking with accountants. The majority of the suggestions (we're pleased to say) were already on our to-do list, but there were a handful that we'd not thought of that are going to make their way into Checkmybooks very soon.

This is the first of many milestones for Checkmybooks, as we continue to evolve and improve our product. This past week has confirmed that we're definitely heading in the right direction.