“I’m delighted to be back to business stronger than ever”
Sometimes a setback can be a defining moment in business. After breaking my elbow and losing full movement in my arm, my last business had to close. During my recuperation I spent a lot of time thinking about where I wanted to be in my career. I knew I wanted to be my own boss, do something I’m passionate about and excel at, whilst being able to work around my two children.
I have 30 years experience working in business finance and I get a buzz out of analysing numbers. This includes running my own business and managing my own accounts. I knew I wanted to continue working in business finance but wanted to be self-employed.
So I did a lot of research and chose to become an ICB certified bookkeeper, so I could offer professional services to align with my existing business skills. I studied with Ideal Schools, who are a distance learning training provider, and they were brilliant. While the kids were at school I had my head in books (sometimes when they were in bed too). I fell in love with studying, although struggled with manual double entry bookkeeping – thankfully we have computers now! It took 4 months (and 8 exams) to become a qualified bookkeeper, passing with distinction. I also qualified in the completion of Self Assessment Tax Returns and passed with 100%! This was the hardest exam I have ever done and I am extremely proud of my achievement. Especially as the UK tax system is one of the most complex in the world.
This is just a few words to say I am very excited to be back in business. I am looking forward to helping local small businesses with their finances. I’m also looking forward to supporting new businesses and providing my knowledge and experience in business start up. Starting a new business is very exciting but can also be stressful (I know, I’ve done it). I would like to help take some of the stress away and take care of the finance side. After all, who likes dealing with the books (except me of course)? Business owners should do what they do best and allow me to do what I do best. I love working with numbers!
Jo Finch – AICB