Life as a bookkeeper was interesting, life as a self employed bookkeeper is something else entirely and no two days are the same.
On a “normal” day I’ll wake between 5:30 and 6:00 and make my first cup of tea….there’s definitely a lot of tea drunk and biscuits eaten in this job!
Then I’ll sit down at my laptop firstly to check my emails to ensure there are no urgent client queries from the previous evening and secondly to prepare my social media posts for that day.
After an hour or so it’s usually time to wake the children and get them prepared for school and into breakfast club.
Once I’ve dropped them off at school it’s time to start work.
Depending on what day it is, depends where I’m working. As I say no two days are the same.
The role of a bookkeeper is extremely varied and whereby one minute you can deal with something as straight forward as data entry one to a complex query about an amendment to a self assessment tax return the next.
There are also a lot of changes that affect small business owners that you need to be continually aware of.
Personally, I have spent a lot of time listening to webinars in connection with Making Tax Digital for VAT, and making myself aware of the new changes to tax codes that are due to become active from 6th April 2019.
Continued Professional Development (CPD) is something that is important to me personally to ensure I have the correct knowledge I need to be the best I can be in my profession.
However, fitting CPD into my working week can be quite difficult especially as I spend half my working week at my clients premises and the remainder of my time at the office, or networking.
As there is so much happening in my life on a weekly basis being extremely organised is compulsory. As well as knowing which client I need to attend and when I also need to know who has got VAT returns to be completed, when everyone’s year end is, who has payroll completed weekly and who is monthly etc.
Some evenings I will find myself working until 9pm or 10pm to ensure my workload is up to date.
However, along with the hard work, early mornings and late night’s there are some bonuses.
Two huge highlights from the last twelve months include being chosen by Theo Paphitis as his Small Business Sunday (#SBS) winner in July 2018 and then getting to meet him in February 2019 at the #SBSEvent2019 was fantastic. I’m sure I came over a little bit starstruck.
The other highlight was being shortlisted as Female Entrepreneur of the Year in the British Small Business Awards 2018. Although I didn’t win it was an amazing night and such an honour to have been recognised for my achievements as a small business owner.
So in short the day to day life of a self employed bookkeeper is definitely varied, hard work and long days but so worth it. And as the business grows I feel I am reaping more of the rewards that I have sown.