Oh No – an inch of snow! Let’s not panic……

Oh No – an inch of snow! Let’s not panic……

It’s cold, damp and foggy out there – and snow may be on the way, if it hasn’t already arrived. Fear not, Halbert Accountancy is here to inject a little sunshine and warmth in to the winter landscape. Weather-wise, the first three months of a new year can be unpredictable and, as such, sometimes we can feel uncertain how to approach each day or week. Business wise, this same period – the last three months of the financial year – also potentially presents a myriad of challenges that have to be addressed. The crucial difference is, in business, we really do need a sound, reliable plan. Unsurprisingly and perhaps as a result of the ever changing conditions, it’s this time of year when weather forecasters and news reporters seem to get a tad over excitable. Typically this is most in evidence at any sign of snow in the offing, which, if more than an inch is expected, puts them in a dizzy tizzy and leads to dire predictions of a road network melt-down and warnings of a multitude of other unavoidable perils. That isn’t to say that we should ignore the advice we’re given, but a step back from the circus-like melee, allowing a comprehensive and thoughtful overview of things and the application of a rational plan of action, would surely be helpful. For example, consider the very real possibility that, less than a week after the winter apocalypse has been announced, terrified citizens may emerge from their hurried hibernation behind locked doors and sandbags, to report the first daffodil appearing in the garden. Then we are told that...