This month I am celebrating 3 years of working independently as a management accountant.
It’s been an interesting journey over this time. When I started out I knew all the accounting things that I was good at, I knew the bits I wanted to do and the accounting things I really didn’t want to get involved in, but I didn’t really know if anyone else was interested in me doing that for them.
So I’ve been on a steep learning curve. Most notably, in the beginning I thought that I had worked for a small business before – my first job inside a company was with a software business that turned over £10 million a year in the UK alone, which was small compared to where I was working immediately before and after!
My first client turned over a little more than £1 million a year – I soon learned that the real world looked very different and exactly what “small business” meant.
Luckily while I was working with that business I was advised that you should plan for a new business venture to take at least 3 years to get established. The lady who told me this wasn’t interested in professional services; she was running shops, but the advice has proved spookily true. In the last 12 months I have finally worked out what works for me and my clients, and I feel (touch wood) that things have settled into a comfortable rhythm that I can build on.
All my clients are great individuals. My kind of work involves giving advice face to face about sometimes delicate issues so it’s vital that we have a trusting relationship and get on on a personal level. This in turn makes the work even more satisfying.
Hopefully the next 3 years will be even better!