A Bookkeeper’s Life: HR, recruitment, law…. and the odd bit of accounts!...

Having spent my bookkeeper’s life in finance based roles, the move to start my own business and provide bookkeeping services seemed like a straight forward one that would call upon my core skills.

Rightly or wrongly I perceived bookkeeping as very much being about managing accounts and finance on behalf of my clients. But nothing could have prepared me for the reality of working so closely with owner managers and what they expected me to know! It is not unheard of for me to face questions or be expected to understand law, HR, recruitment, legislation, tax, export and import rules, pensions, Insurance and a myriad of other topics.

Obviously many of these areas are extremely complex and require highly specialised professional advice and so whilst I very much enjoy being treated as an intrinsic part of my client’s business, I know my limits and that means knowing where I can and cannot advise. As an accounting specialist that has spent many years training and having to undergo CPD (continual professional development) I know I would be extremely annoyed if I found an HR specialist was advising my clients on their accounting for instance; and so I keep this in the forefront of my mind when I am asked different things by my clients.

Having realised that these were not one off queries and that the role of the bookkeeper often extends to be a linchpin within the business, I knew that I needed to surround myself with experienced and knowledgeable people that I could call on and introduce to my clients. I also wanted to be sure that the people I introduced would provide good advice and would be a valuable contact as poor advice could harm my reputation or relationship with the client.

So by working with Nicky Paddy and Co you will have access to a network of advisors, solicitors, consultants and business specialists that I have taken time to get to know and who add depth and value to what I enjoy doing….the accounts.

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