The Practice Mechanic | Interview with Glenn Martin, Avery Martin

About this session Every episode, Mark Telford sits down with an accountant in practice and look under the bonnet of their accountancy practice. Click here to listen on AccountingWeb In this episode, Mark talks to Glenn Martin, award-winning accountant and business growth specialist who needs little introduction. The owner and CEO of Northeast firm Avery Martin is a long-standing Any Answers regular better known to AccountingWEB members under his nom…  Read more

Is a fear of failure holding you back?

When I was 8 years old I got stuck at the top of a tree, I’d climbed too high and couldn’t get down. I froze. I’d looked down, seen how high it was and just froze. All my friends had climbed the same tree, just as high, and had managed to get back down. I couldn’t, the fear of not being able to get down safely stopped me moving. One…  Read more

What Was I Doing!

In June 1999 I started a new job with a mixture of emotions. Excited about the opportunity the new job offered, and terrified that I was out of my depth (imposter syndrome popping up again). However, I was determined to make it a success. I was prepared to do what was needed (the ‘D’ element of my disc profile coming out here). Head down and just get on with it…  Read more

Where Do I Start?

Recognising that your accountancy practice isn’t working the way you want is the first step. At this point it’s natural to feel a sense of overwhelming anxiety and think “where do I start?!” It can feel like there’s so much to do and that it all needs to be done at the same time. This happened to me a few years ago. My practice had increased fee income by 30%…  Read more

When Do I Start?

I was 45 when I started my accountancy practice. It wasn’t a conscious “right, time to start”, it wasn’t a gut reaction. The decision required the coming together of a series of events, ideas, thoughts and opportunities. It was a gradual move towards starting. I had left practice very soon after qualifying and swore I would never return. It was a bleak uninspiring experience – dull work, poor pay, too…  Read more

Why Would I Want To Coach Accountants?

I run a successful and award-winning accountancy practice. I’ve created a great work/life balance and am in the fortunate position of being able to earn enough to enjoy the lifestyle I want and have enough time to do what I want with the people I care about. I’m also far less stressed than I ever have been before. So why would I want to start coaching accountants? They’re the competition…  Read more

Becoming a Xero Accountant changed my life

It really did – honestly. Not in a spiritual kool-aid type way but becoming a ‘Xero Accountant’ helped me to change the direction of my career which has led to more work satisfaction, getting to see more of my family and putting me more in control of work and life. If we go back to 2010 I had recently left full time employment as the Group Finance Director of a…  Read more

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