I love finance and accountancy. Which bodes well for you and I.
I didn’t set out to be an accountant. I studied English Literature and German (with Psychology) at University, but then realised it was unlikely I’d get a job doing those things so I ‘fell into’ Credit Control in 2002, realised that I actually really, really enjoyed it and – well - one thing lead to another. Before I knew it I’d completed AAT*, then I’d completed CIMA** and was the Finance Manager for a multinational Plc.
Though I loved working with lovely similar-minded finance people all day (we can actually be really fun to spend time with) I realised I didn’t want to keep on working for big companies that try and make rich people richer. I wanted to help people who have a brilliant ideas to run their own business and be their own boss – so the only people getting richer was them.
During my self-employed journey, I’ve seen some amazing businesses at all stages of development (I’m particularly interested on the ones that sell marshmallows, flapjacks and the like) and I really enjoy getting to know all about them. One of the things I’ve learned is that a lot of people don’t want to do the finance side of business for one reason or another (no time / too complicated / just plain boring).
So – those people are the kind of people I want to help.
Whether you want me to show you how to do all the finance bits yourself, or you want me to do the whole lot for you and never utter a word to you about it, I’m sure we can work something out.
I’m a mum of 2 crazy-whirlwind-style children and I know how hard it can be to find the time to fit everything in, so I’m happy to talk with you outside of office hours, to answer emails at the weekend and to generally try to be there when you need me.
I will still be helping my own small people grow up to hopefully be fairly decent human beings and I’ll be helping my husband find all those things that he can’t see (even though they’re right there on the kitchen worktop) … but when I’m not doing that I’ll be helping small businesses do their accounts – it’s far less complicated or frustrating than the other two things.
*AAT is the Association of Accounting Technicians which, once fully completed, is the equivalent of a degree
** CIMA is the Chartered Institute of Management Accountancy which, once fully completed, is the equivalent of a Masters
Elizabeth Hart is licensed and regulated by AAT under licence number 1002849