Bookkeeper, Accountant, Business Consultant, Business Analyst, Business Advisor
These are just some of the names I have been called over the past 14 years working in the accounting and finance industry. Do I take any offence to them – NO. As most of them are true in some way !!
As my own business is relatively new, I have been asked lately to provide some insight into my history and what makes me tick.
I completed by bachelor of Business (Accounting) from RMIT University in Melbourne in 1999. I started work in a small chartered accounting firm in 1998 whilst still at university, moving to a bigger firm in 2000.
I left the chartered accounting environment in 2003 and went on an adventure to London. Partly to see the world, partly to work out what I wanted out of life!
My adventure lasted 4 years, and I returned to Melbourne at the start of 2007. I then completed my Chartered Accounting qualification and have worked in Finance ever since (a wedding, house extension and two stints of maternity leave thrown in the mix for good measure).
I believe my strengths are in reviewing and analsying monthly reports, setting up accounting package and training, BAS and GST review and reporting, spreadsheets, fixed asset reporting, budgets, cash flow – and everything in between.
My weaknesses – I hate to wear a suit and the corporate environment is just not me. I would much rather get my hands dirty and be involved with the small business owners to help their business grow.
More Than A Bookkeeper
I see myself as more than a bookkeeper – I am a value adding tool for your business. My aim is to now work around my beautiful family. My children are still quite young (my eldest is currently 3 years old and my baby is nearly 9 months old) and I want to watch them grow up.
So I started my own business – Healthy Business Finances – in the hope that we can achieve the family / work life balance everyone strives towards. My goal is to help other business owners, and by doing that they are really helping me achieve that balance.