I’m feeling just a little bonkers right now …
Our busy little practice is just about to head into PAYG summary season, then June BAS, and in two weeks I’m off to France. What accountant in her right mind sails off overseas on 30th June? Well, I had promised my husband that we would tick one off his bucket list and go to France in July to see Le Tour de France. My husband is the sort of guy that will stay up all night to watch the Tour and can name pretty much any cyclist on the Tour just from the back of his helmet. Certifiably crazy.
We managed to arrange an exchange with a French family through www.homeexchange.com – so we have free accommodation and a car for a month in Nantes (I hope the French family realizes it is winter here in Brisbane, a detail I did not bring to their attention!). We are taking our nine year old daughter and seven year old son so it is great to have a proper house to base from. I don’t think my children would last for eight hours by the side of a road every day! This family however does not have WiFi at their quaint regional French cottage, a fact I learned after the exchange had been arranged.
So, how will I manage my practice from the other side of the world? I’m taking my trusty surface pro, arranged for my iPhone plan to work in France with 10gig of data per month, and plan to pick up a mobile WiFi hotspot when we arrive. Thanks to Xero and MYOB about 90% of the data files will be accessible from the cloud, and dropbox will take care of the 10% that are still on MYOB v19. I’m going to allocate about four hours a day, first thing in the morning to review all of the files that my three staff will prepare for me. I’ve also arranged for a local Xero expert to do reviews of our Xero PAYG summaries.
I’ve also tried to let clients know of my plans months prior to departure, and they all have been so supportive of this trip of a lifetime.
Stay tuned, as I hope to put together a short video clip about our time away, and also will be blogging about whether my crazy idea to work in the cloud has worked! I’m putting lots of trust in my amazing staff and trying to remind myself the whole idea of working from the cloud is actually working somewhere other than our shipping container in the middle of Brisbane.
Wish me luck!
Cheers from a very stressed Tracey from CloudCounting xx (and thanks a million to my lovely Chantal, Kerrie and Sharon for managing CloudCounting while I am away)