I’ve always been good with numbers, and over the years I have been drawn to number-orientated tasks. I completed my AAT at night classes and took my last few exams when I was pregnant.
When I joined a practice in London after a short career break, I realised how much I enjoyed the variety of different clients and helping business owners. I then decided to join ACCA and complete my qualification; the rest, as they say, is history!
Pink Pig Financials is a family-friendly practice – most of the team are working parents. In general, we work with parents in business. We find we’re able to relate to them, as we understand the juggling of business and family.
I’m a typical introverted accountant so putting myself out there to market the business was a huge step
I think the biggest challenge of the pandemic has been our children – especially at the start. They needed our attention, but our clients needed our help, too.
Already being fully digital, we were set up to work from anywhere. However, we also had the challenge of home schooling. My supportive husband took charge of our tribe so I could give my full attention to our clients. Thankfully, most of our clients weren’t in the most hard-hit industries and have survived – even thrived – and are positive about the opportunities ahead.
I’m a typical introverted accountant so putting myself out there to market the business was a huge step. But I knew I needed to do this to make the business a success and, more importantly, achieve my goals.
Karren Brady has shown me that you can be both a mum and a successful businesswoman
Most times when I dread doing something outside of my comfort zone, it’s nowhere near as scary as I expected it to be. For my first ever networking event I was petrified and worked myself into such a state. I didn’t hear a single word anyone else said and have no idea what I said when it was my turn to speak. But now I love networking and meeting new people, and I regularly present. Each time you do it, it becomes that little bit easier.
The main people who have influenced me are Karren Brady and my husband. Karren Brady has shown me that you can be both a mum and a successful businesswoman. And my husband has pushed me to realise that I can achieve the huge goals I set myself.
The biggest challenge I’ve had to overcome is my health and how that affects my ability to work. I had a tumour and part of my stomach removed not long after I set up the business, and I was left with a condition that sometimes leaves me feeling rubbish, unable to leave the house. This spurred on my desire to be fully digital. Finding ways to adapt around this has made my business stronger.
Outside of work, I love horse riding and I’ve taken up golf, too. Getting out there and being in the moment is great for getting out of my head and switching off. And hitting the golf balls is a great stress reliever.