Many bookkeepers’ start off their bookkeeping business alone, the majority remain that way for the duration of their business, whilst others build their businesses and welcome team members.
Running a business independently, and mostly from home can be lonely, I’m sure so many people can relate to this after the past year we have all been through with all office workers being forced to work from home for longer than they expected to.
Despite this, the majority of office workers had their colleagues to support them, even if this was just on Zoom or Teams. However, loneliness was and is reality for most bookkeepers’ even before the pandemic. The effects of it just meant that the feeling of isolation was deepened with not being able to visit clients or even friends and family.
I’m not of course trying to put anyone off being a bookkeeper, it’s great to have your own business, to have the freedom to make your own decisions and support businesses with their finances in order to grow. The positives of bookkeeping by far outweigh the negatives, the feeling you get from providing support to businesses and steering them in the right direction to make a difference is so rewarding. I’ve spoken to a lot of bookkeepers who actually enjoy solitude, being in peace to work on your numbers and problem solving gives you a sense of calmness.
When you have a team around you, and doubt crosses your mind, let’s face it, it occasionally does, (even if you are an expert in your field) you have someone to talk it over with. When you are the only one holding the fort, it can be difficult to know who you can turn to for advice, especially if you’re just starting out and haven’t managed to build a support network.
Where can I find a support network?
At Sage Accounts Solutions we understand the importance for bookkeepers’ to have a support network of like minded people around you. Over the past year I have created and nurtured various Sage User support groups in order to give support to the people who have nowhere to turn. Our group members are there to answer each other’s questions and give support and advice. No question in the group is a silly question. There are people who are just starting out in business and people who have been running their businesses for years! Whether they are doing their own bookkeeping or they do the books for various clients the questions that crop up are always relevant regardless.
Being solely responsible for your accounts, data entry and bookkeeping can be a lonely place. I know that sometimes you feel like you’re ‘winging it’ and doing your best but you’re not sure that what you’re doing is 100% the right way or the best way. I also hear a lot of feedback from people telling me that they don’t have anyone to turn to and ask questions or that they feel silly, embarrassed or lack confidence to ask for advice. That’s why on 1st October 2021 I’m launching the Boost Academy for Bookkeepers, to give you that extra support. If you’d like to find out more and be in with a chance of becoming a founding member, just click here to register your interest by joining the waitlist.
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