Being part of a team and amongst the hustle and bustle of an office feels like a distant memory for most us in this pandemic landscape. We have all adapted to working at home and in isolation. This isn’t new for virtual bookkeepers. Yes some may have popped into a clients office and based themselves there for a couple of days a week before the lockdown was implemented, but most freelance bookkeepers mainly work from home remotely, and don’t have a team of people behind them for that added support. Even bookkeepers who are employed and previously based within an office, more often than not were the only person doing that role within the business. Yes there may have been a sense of team spirit but not necessarily any back up, to turn to someone for advice and support.
Working alone can sometimes make you doubt yourself and you can easily lose your self-confidence. Sometimes you may just need to run something past someone to give yourself that encouragement, that what you are doing is right!
Google can of course answer some of your questions, but you can’t always be sure that what’s on the internet is a reliable source and information can often become out-of-date.
Networking & Social Media
That’s why we set up our Facebook Community Support Groups. Our groups are there so that you can turn to fellow bookkeepers, just like you to ask for their opinions or advice. Working alone doesn’t have to be lonely! We update our groups with all the relevant legislation and updates as they come in, so that you’re never left in the dark. All the members are helpful and friendly and no question is a silly question!
There’s plenty of networking groups around that support bookkeepers, but our group specialises in Sage so the advice you get is more suited to the software you use and the members are Sage users just like you!
Last year when more and more people started to work from home and people were worried about job security we put on free weekly masterclasses to help support Sage users. This free training gave people more information in order to build on their existing knowledge and taught people things they didn’t necessarily know about the Sage software they use everyday. We gave out tips, tricks and advice and it was nice for everyone who participated to see and hear other people. The sessions ran from July to December 2020 and were available on playback for those who were always on the move. You can get a sneak peek of some of the masterclasses here.
It’s easy when working from home to get into a routine of being sat at your desk all day, not finding the time for breaks. This isn’t good for motivation and health and wellbeing, especially when you’re working alone. That’s why I introduced Wellness Workouts for my team. Exercise can really stimulate the body and mind and keep you energised and motivated for the day ahead. Read our blogs for more information on Motivation and Wellbeing.
If your business is at the stage of being able to outsource work to fellow bookkeepers, or outsourcing your admin to a Virtual Assistant for example, you can build great relationships with the freelancers you use. That’s why it’s important to choose someone who clicks with you. They form part of a team for your business and they are there to help and support you. You will no longer feel lonely, when you have someone to chat to about your business.
Find an interest out of work, whether it’s investing time in your family, walking the dog or taking up yoga! We all need a break from the numbers, in my spare time I enjoy crochet and baking as well as spending time with my family. We all need something to make us feel human, we can all feel like robots on the monotonous journey of work!
Don’t forget to check out our Facebook support groups, you will wonder why you didn’t join sooner!
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