I think I'm highly organised. I've always made time to fit everything in, I like the structure, I thrive on creating great relationships, I care and I have to seek advice. I believe honesty is key. I worry. I am human. As is everyone. I took a leap of faith, I had the qualifications, knowledge and experience but could I actually start my very own accountancy practice? I had self-doubt, I was encouraged and inspired by special people around me and went for it.
That was four months ago and now I am writing my first blog for the launch of HL&W Limited website.
This is my ‘real’ job now.
I started in my usual practical manner, googled the ins and outs of running a practice, spoke to others in the industry and did all the necessary compliance.
As HL&W started I wondered if I could really generate the income, I smashed my target goal of ten clients for the year in the first quarter. All my ideas of how it ‘should be’ disappeared, I have learnt to be flexible, I fit in around clients because work life is not 9-5 and my clients are people and most importantly I have been thinking about time and how to be most productive.
My clients are mainly small businesses, they don't have all the time in the world to spend on their accounting, so to help them succeed, they need to make time and we at HL&W allow this to happen.
I've always thought that if something really matters, you have to make time for it to make sure it happens, we all have 24 hours in the day. No more. No less. What's important is how you use that time. Time management techniques have helped me and I thought it would be helpful to share some of my top tips, for both my clients and peers.
Something I've found helpful is starting my day of right, (I’ve also read that the big CEO’s do this so if it works for them…) I find five minutes in the morning to meditate. Trying to let go of everything in my head is no mean feat but I try to regardless and feel better for it. I write down what I want to achieve that day, week, month and work with the team to make this achievable. Communication is key. Another feature I am developing and encouraging amongst staff is to pick up the phone, it helps forge relationships and can certainly save a lot of time by not going back and forth with emails or information getting lost in translation.
Outsource. If there's something that someone else can do for you, get them to do it. A fellow mum I met at a networking event told me she'd recently taken on a personal assistant, and whether you employ somebody part time or engage a virtual PA, freeing up your time from admin gives you more time to do what you love and most importantly, to be productive. Something I'd say to my clients is that the same goes for bookkeeping. Nobody sets up a business because they want to spend their days raising invoices (unless they're a bookkeeper of course), outsourcing processes that aren't your speciality gives you time to work on what really matters, your business.
Sometimes though even when you give it your best things don't work out today and you can try again tomorrow. To me making time to do the things I love is key because it gives me enthusiasm and energy for other things in life. This is our company ethos, we have a passionate team that love what they do and this in turn ripples out to those around us.