The recent HMRC victory discussed by Karen Dawn-Marie Dart is a terrific example of how a community helps its consitituents. Good for them. It works. It's a positive step.
It's something I've been thinking about for a while. I suggested AccountingWEB thinks about doing this but while they're thinking, I can get on and do it. If you have tax issues that are causing you grief then throw the story over here. Let me know where you can be reached and when (see email address etc at About) and we'll make it work. This could become an extremely valuable resource. How can I do this?
I'm using a set of tools that plug together. When I need a piece of functionality, I can get it and it will work with the other stuff I use. I don't have to think about architectural software considerations or have meetings with bunches of programmers and business managers. I know what's needed. I want to get it done. The tools are there. I can get it done. And I'm not a geek - trust me on that.
If such a system is successful, then it can be extended to things like - running Sage line 50, making practice management a reality - the list is endless. Now turn this 180 degrees.
What about your client groups? For those with farming practices, do you remember how communities pulled together in an effort to fend off the worst effects of Foot & Mouth? There may not be a visible crisis today but that's not the point. Business people always need help.
I have my trusted advisors on whom I can lean, where I can share issues in an open and frank way. I'm not afraid of looking stupid because I'd rather do that once than look really stupid later, with the inevitable consequences to reputation. Does that work for you?