If there’s one area of business where we all sought guidance during lockdown, it was finance!
That’s where Andrea of AMS Accounting comes in. Having worked in the accounting sector for nearly 20 years, completing her ACCA exams at the end of 2018, Andrea’s business has really taken off since completing Women’s Business Station’s FasTRACK course in October 2019.
“At that point, I was running a small book-keeping business with a few tax return clients but, for various reasons, had to ramp it up a bit. I thought I had a good grasp on business but I’ve learned so much. It’s really changed my life, inspired me and given me so much confidence to just go for it. That week was pivotal to me, allowed me to find my feet and get going.”
Then lockdown hit. Despite initial concerns by a drop in book-keeping work, compounded by shielding with two young children, Andrea’s business continued to grow, with a surge in demand for accounts production work. Having grown from five to 40 clients in a few months, she has also taken on her first member of staff.
“I think lockdown really pushed people to get an accountant, with many feeling understandably unsettled about their finances. Others needed support with furloughing or Government support. It’s been so rewarding, reassuring other small businesses and putting systems and structures in place for the future.”
Lockdown also allowed Andrea to grow the business consultancy side of her business, initially preparing resources, blogs, budgets and strategies to survive lockdown, an area she plans to develop longer-term.
“My aim is to employ a Manager, a qualified accountant, allowing me to focus on the business consultancy side. Ultimately, I plan to recruit more staff and open premises where clients can pop in to discuss their accounting in an approachable and flexible environment – that’s my vision!”