When my husband was posted to Washington, the whole family moved to the US for three years. I seized this opportunity to get qualified, taking an Open University course in accountancy. Once back in the UK, I decided to set up own bookkeeping business, giving me the flexibility to work around my children, as well as the variety of working with different businesses.
As a bookkeeper, I take care of the financial burdens for small businesses. I’ll take a look at where my clients are at and what they need. For smaller clients, I can set up a system they can manage themselves. For bigger businesses, I’ll work with them each month to keep everything up to date, nudging them to meet their deadlines and managing their VAT return.
I works with clients that realise they need help if they’re to take their business to the next level. They’re focused on building a business that works for them and their family. Increasingly, many have an element of remote working, something that also appeals to me.
As a military spouse, I enjoys working with people that share my military connection and value the support network this brings. I also relish the challenge of helping builders with the different regulations they have to contend with and all the paperwork they need to process.
I like to get to know my clients and be part of their team, rather than just someone that crunches the numbers at year-end. That way I can suggest ways to make improvements. I love it when the figures balance. The best thing is taking the stress and the worry away - when someone tells me “You’ve made my life so much easier”.
If I wasn’t a bookkeeper, I would probably be working at Disneyland. Me and my family are huge Disney fans. “I love that anyone can go to Disney and be a big kid. We have so much fun and we see groups with people of all ages spending time as families. And the service is second to none”.
I'm the first person in my family to run a business. In today’s changing world, I thinks it’s important that my children see this as a possibility. My sister is a partner in an accountancy business, so maybe I was destined to work with numbers after all.