Tell us about your family
I’m married to Jeff and have two children; Eva is 9 and Sam is 6. We live in Cheshire.
What did you do before coming up with your business idea and how did you get started?
I qualified as a Chartered accountant in 1999 whilst working in a small practice. I moved to KPMG shortly afterwards and then into a couple of accountancy roles in industry. When I was on maternity leave with Eva I was made redundant and the same thing happened to me again when I left work to have Sam. I felt that if I went back into similar roles when I finished maternity leave I was always going to be at the mercy of some cost cutting exercise; my future would continue to be in someone else’s hands and that was too stressful with a young family & bills to pay.
So I took matters into my own hands and decided to strike out on my own. I researched the alternatives for launching an accountancy practice and soon decided that a franchise would be a great option, as it would provide me with a level of support and ongoing new client enquiries that I just would not be able to generate myself.
I whittled down the franchise options to the CheapAccounting.co.uk franchise as this seemed to fit my needs very well. I met with Elaine Clark, the Managing Director of CheapAccounting.co.uk and the rest is history. Elaine and I got on very well; she has the same values as me (hard working, professional and client facing) and our senses of humour are very similar. More importantly the CheapAccounting.co.uk franchise allowed me to set up my accountancy business from home and work the hours I wanted around my family.
When did you launch how was it making the transition?
I launched my business in 2009 when Sam was just a few months old. It was a very busy time, with two young children to manage as well as the plethora of regulatory things that you have to do when you start an accountancy practice. That said, having the support of the franchise was a huge relief; if I had a question I could just pick up the phone and get an answer. For the first time in a long while I felt I was in control of my career.
What’s your favourite thing about running your own business?
Flexibility – being able to pop out to the children’s sports day or play without having to fill in a holiday form!
How do you fit in work with the family?
Running the business fits in really well with the family as I can do the school run at either end of the day, get the children their tea and put in an hour or so of work in the evening. If they are not well, I can look after them and still keep the business running. The many plates keep spinning regardless of what life throws at me.
Would you ever give up your business to do something else?
Never! I cannot imagine working for anyone again or having to dress in a suit and commute to work. Luckily for me and my family, those days are long gone.
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