Does your bookkeeping give you nightmares?
- Do you find that there are simply not enough hours in a day to keep your records in order?
- Is your small business growing such that you need an extra hand to keep track of the details?
Do you dread "that time of year" (year-end)?
Running a business is at times exciting and at other times terrifying. With so much on your plate, bookkeeping feels like the last thing you want to deal with. Would it surprise you to know that I LOVE BOOKKEEPING? I know what you're thinking, how could anyone love something so mundane?
To me, bookkeeping is about creating order. It's about simplifying the complicated. Why I find that so thrilling -- well, it's like when you finally get around to mowing your lawn or washing that huge pile of dishes that were sitting your sink. It's satisfying to see everything in its place as it ought to be.
Trust me, I'm an expert
It's hard to know whether you're making the right call when it comes to finding a new bookkeeper. Maybe you've always done your own bookkeeping and you don't feel entirely comfortable giving someone else access to sensitive information. Or perhaps you like things done a certain way and you're worried that an outside bookkeeper will turn everything upside-down!
Having worked for several different small businesses, I am familiar with different styles of bookkeeping. I've used various types of software and have even built my own systems for smaller-scale clients. If you're a paper person, I can keep paper records. If you want the staples on the right-hand side of the page, I'm totally fine with that. Or maybe you don't care how it gets done as long as it's done right. I'm the woman for the job.
Not only do I have over 10 years of bookkeeping experience, but I have the "personality" to boot:
- Detail oriented,
- Creative (as in problem-solving; not as in "creative accounting"),
- and I love making spreadsheets!
What makes me so special?
While I may appear to be low-key and ordinary on the outside, beneath the surface, truly, I am extraordinary! I'm neither a one-trick-pony nor a master-of-none. I come with a tool-belt filled from previous experiences and still I learn new concepts quickly and adapt easily to unfamiliar environments.
Here's a list of some of the things I'm good at:
- Bookkeeping (duh)
- Making spreadsheets (more on this later)
- Being very organised and compulsively consistent
- Learning how to use new computer software
- Getting really good at using familiar computer software
- Typing (avg 90 words per minute without even looking at my hands)
- Talking to people on the phone in a professional manner
- Sending people emails without accidentally sounding passive-aggressive (in English only; I'm working on that skill in French)
- Singing (didn't see that one coming, did you?)
- ... And many more!
And the list of my weaknesses:
- Mornings are hard!
- French fluency currently around 70% (but I'm working on it!)
- Failure to resist the urge to make unneccessary lists
So, am I the right one for you?
If you're looking for...
- someone to do your full-cycle bookkeeping,
- someone to clean up your financial record-keeping, or
- someone to build or repair a spreadsheet
I'm the gal for the job!
But are you right for me?
As a relative newcomer to Montreal, I am still in the process of building up my clients. My goal is to have between 5-10 clients for whom I work on a weekly or monthly basis. In addition to those clients, I would also take contracts for one-time spreadsheet assistance.
My ideal clients for ongoing bookkeeping services would be:
- small businesses,
- freelancers, and
- non-profit organisations.
If you don't fit into one of those categories but you would still like to engage my services for a one-time contract, I'd be more than happy to help!