course is led by Dan Powell (business advisor and organic farmer) and Liz
musician and leather worker) and will include classroom-based
of the day: There
are many book-keeping courses available but very few (if any), are
tailored for the small-scale self employed vegetable grower. The
vocation of growing vegetables and marketing them locally comes from
a love of tilling the earth and growing food for the local community.
No wonder that the book-keeping and records side of the business can
lack lustre and attention. This course aims to help the grower set up
a system that is easy to use and meets the needs of the tax man, the
bank manager and of course the grower. Over the course of the day we
will lead the participant through a series of practical sessions that
will give the grower confidence to design a system that suits their
business. Minimal maths skills required! Using the system will yield
important and accessible financial and physical information. It
aims to give you the confidence to set up and run a system where the
essential book-keeping tasks of recording and invoicing can be
carried out in an efficient manner. Ultimately this approach will
result in accessible and valuable information for planning and
testing change in the business, keeps the tax man happy AND gives you
more time in the field or garden!
do we need to keep the books? Who and what are they really for?
opening session explores WHY we keep account of our growing
activities. WHO is it really for and WHAT information can we use from
it to our advantage. This will lead us to value the book keeping
activity help us in the next session to design a recording system
that works for our business.
2: How to keep the books balanced and complete?
this session we will look at structure and systems! How do we design
a book-keeping and recording system that does not confuse, easy to
use and extract and manage the information it contains to satisfy the
tax and management needs of the business. We will look at practical
applications for your own business based on the single entry
book-keeping system using the cash analysis approach. Once we have
grasped this we will look at manual and computerised systems and
avoid the carrier bag technique!
nuts and bolts of the book-keeping system
have all those receipts gone! Now we will look at dealing with
invoices and receipts in a timely manner to maintain positive
cashflow. We look at the advantages of accounting for tax and VAT and
how to properly use a petty cash system.
4: Using the information for forward planning!
we will wrap the day up by looking at how we can use all the
information we collect through the book-keeping department! We will
touch on enterprise and whole business budgeting and how to use
information for marketing to develop a dynamic forward plan to work
from for future seasons.
of time for questions and a wrap up to review the day. We
look forward to seeing you!