Sidekick for Contractors & Freelancers

When you’re contracting or freelancing, it’s easy to let things slip. Sidekick is the perfect assistant to help you out at times like this, and will quickly get everything under control without you having to worry.

Immediate organisation

We are forward-thinking accountants, and believe that having your accounts in order will benefit you and prepare you for the future. We’ll get all of this sorted straight away so that you can focus on your work.

Simple, easy-to-navigate accounting software

We are proud partners of Freeagent, cloud-based accounting software that makes it easy for you to keep control of your accounts. You’ll receive free training with this (although it’s pretty simple anyway!) and will be able to access it anywhere, anytime.

Personal support

Annual financial statements, returns, minutes… you need it, you’ve got it! We’ll ensure all of these are done for you so you don’t have to worry.

Testimonial

What is the company background? What do you do? How long have your been in business? How many employees etc?

JBM Consulting is a boutique recruitment firm specialising in strategy, change management and COO Roles within the financial services industry. Myself and the founder both used to work for a FTSE250 recruitment firm, though wanted to change the way our industry was perceived. Our ethos is to build consultative partnerships with clients and canidates, putting honesty and passion at the heart of everything we do.

JBM has been going for nearly four years now and in that time we’ve grown from a one man band working from coffee shops, to a team of six talented recruitment proffessionals with diverse backgrounds and complimentary skills.

What challenges or needs did you face that led you to look for a solution like DJCA?

We faced the typical growing pains of a firm that was moving up from a one man band to a bigger team. We didn’t really have any processes in place from an accounting perspective and as we grew we needed to put some rigour around how we do things. The systems we did have were inefficient and prone to error (eg a huge spreadsheet tracking expenses) and weren’t scaleable. That combined with a lack of strategic advice around how to approach our finances meant we needed a solution.

Describe your selection process and what you found most attractive about DJCA? 

I already had Xero in place, so used their list of suggested firms to create an initial shortlist. After reaching out to them all, I found DJCA to be the most personable (Rob came out to meet me that day!) and their approach to technology and streamlining processes was a breath of fresh air compared to previous accountants.

Were there any problems with implementation and how were they overcome?

Not really! The team at DJCA helped us get Xero up to speed and managed the transition from our old accountant. The whole process was relatively painless!

What are three words that describe your experience working with DJCA and why would you recommend them to your peers?

Friendly, efficient and supportive. I would (and have!) highly recommend DJCA.

What do you like best about Xero software? Are there any features you think could be improved?

Having previously done a lot of things manually (ie typing invoices out in word and maintaining a cash diary in excel) I like how easy it is to create these items in Xero.

What is your favourite thing to do in London in your spare time?

Both James (my business partner) and myself have young babies and so our weekends are split between family time and sports (both watching and playing)!

Do you have any other comments regarding your experience with DJCA?

Partnering with an advisor or supplier that genuinely helps your business become more efficient can dramatically improve the way things work internally. This sounds obvious but without proactively looking at areas to streamline, you can easily settle for an unproductive status quo. It wasn’t until we switched that we realised how inefficient we were before, and DJCA played a big part in that.

Tim Barber, Principal Consultant, JBM Consulting Ltd

What is your company background? What do you do? How long have your been in business? How many employees etc?

Le Wagon UK Ltd is a coding school has been in business for 6 months, however it’s holding company in France has been trading for 3 years.

Le Wagon UK Ltd has one full time employee but employs  2 or 3 freelance teachers all the time.

What challenges or needs did you face that led you to look for a solution like DJCA?

We specifically chose DJCA because you’re a 10 minute walk away and because I trusted you the most. I spoke to a few companies and you felt like friends from the beginning.

And of course we needed DJCA for filing, sorting messy accounts etc.

Describe your selection process and what you found most attractive about DJCA? 

As above, mainly it was trust. Having started using DJCA you’re incredibly efficient and friendly and wouldn’t use anyone else.

I found DJCA on Google, and I think I searched in the area too.

Were there any problems with implementation and how were they overcome?

Not at all. It was all great.

What are three words that describe your experience working with DJCA and why would you recommend them to your peers?

Trust, friendliness and Efficiency

What do you like best about Xero software? Are there any features you think could be improved?

We use it in its very basic form and it’s doing a great job.

What is your favourite thing to do in London in your spare time?

I don’t really have ant spare time.

Do you have any other comments regarding your experience with DJCA?

It’s  great and I’d recommend DJCA to anyone.

Ed Ward, Start-up, Le Wagon

1. What is your company background? What do you do? How long have your been in business? How many employees etc?

We are a new startup providing digital products to assist small businesses obtain grater access to professional services. Our platform has been under development for 18 months and currently we have only one full time employee.


2. What challenges or needs did you face that led you to look for a solution like DJCA?

I needed someone who understood the small business sector and utilized existing technology, especially Xero to give me a real time view of the company finances whilst also giving me the additional support I needed with the accounts and financial planning.

3. Describe your selection process and what you found most attractive about DJCA?

Djca were recommended to me by a friend.

4. Were there any problems with implementation and how were they overcome?

No, no problems. Our finances were in a bit of a mess and this was sorted our quickly.

5. What are three words that describe your experience working with DJCA and why would you recommend them to your peers?

Responsive, professional and affordable.

6. What do you like best about Xero software? Are there any features you think could be improved?

Its so easy to use. I have no experience of accountancy software but Xero is very easy to pick up and manage.


7. What is your favourite thing to do in London in your spare time?

If only I had some!

8. Do you have any other comments regarding your experience with DJCA?

Just very happy with the services provided so far.

Richard Lee, Small Business Owner, Intelligent Document Software Ltd

Djca typifies excellent service, always timely and accurate. They are truly professional. Djca are very hands on and their knowledge is awesome. I highly recommend djca to any forward thinking operation.

Wayne Cohn, Small Business Owner, HealthPOS Ltd

1. Please could you give me a a little background on your business?

Whitehaven Rest Home Ltd was founded in 1985, providing personal care for 15 residents. We are predominately privately funded with a few social service clients whose family pay a Third Party Top Up. We have never used agency staff during our ownership, and ensure that our 25 employees all have suitable contracts.

2. How did your business get started?

Whitehaven was established by its original owners in 1985. When they retired in 2001 we became the new proprietors of the care home and have taken care of it’s residents ever since.

3. How did you find DJCA, and what made you choose us for your accounting needs?

My previous accountant didn’t understand the needs of my business and the role that I play in making Whitehaven successful. Therefore, our accounts were always completed late each year; I had no monthly access to accounts and was not given active and directional advice. Managing the bookwork side of the business constantly added unnecessary stress when I needed my focus to be elsewhere.

I chose DJCA as I had come across their website and looked at it in depth. I soon began to realise that using accounting software like Xero was the way forward. My initial enquiry was answered promptly and I felt confident with the advice and approach of the partner I spoke to so I decided to go ahead with the moving over.

4. Were there any problems in the early stages of implementation? If so, how were they overcome?

I find that there are always problems when implementing change, but when any arose they were minimal and were dealt with quickly. I was emailed with clear instructions and if I was unsure I could always speak to a member of the team, who were very understanding that I could not always complete the task immediately due to work pressures. Looking back I cannot think of any significant problems and that is a tribute to DJCA and the service they provide.

5. How would you describe your experience of working with DJCA? Would yourecommend us to your peers?

The service I have received from DJCA has always been professional and effective. They understand that each of their clients has a different situation and adapt themselves to suit you, which has really alleviated the pressure of getting the accounts done and ensured that I can get on with the areas of business that I really enjoy.

6. What do you like best about Xero software? Are there any features you think could be improved?

Xero is a very powerful tool. I really like the ability to see a quick overview of my accounts, as this is great for keeping an eye on thing. If I were to be picky, I’d say that sometimes it is difficult to find the link I need. If I could be directed straight there instead of help page that would be a great improvement.

7. What is your favourite thing to do in London in your spare time?

I really enjoy visiting family and spending time with them, as well as taking a walk along Hampstead Heath.

Recommended Package

  • Accounts, tax, VAT, payroll & bookkeeping.
  • Dedicated accountant.
  • Meetings & tax planning.

Contractor Plus

  • Ideal for first time contractors

from £155 pm +VAT