A Week In The Life Of Maureen
It's not just about bookkeeping ...
Posted on: 21/03/2013 By: Maureen Windridge
Last week I said that bookkeeping was fun - or at least to me it was. Some of you may think that is very sad so I thought I would outline a week in my working life so you would get an idea of what I do. There is a great deal of variety and the word boredom doesn't exist in my dictionary ...
balancing the books for you is what I love to do - and I'm really good at it!
Just take a look at all of this variety:
Monday - spent the morning in coffee shops around Milton Keynes talking to people who I had met networking last week who were in the same market place and would be meeting the people who I would like to meet. After lunch I worked on the accounts of a sole trader before going to see a new customer to get the settings on my laptop done so I can access their
systems. After supper I did another couple of hours bookkeeping work for another small business.
Tuesday - Spent the whole day in a customer's office. This company have suffered from previously having both a bad bookkeeper and a bad accountant. When I met them in April 2011 the last good set of reconciliations available were for February 2009. They are well pleased and I will soon have them up to date. This job has been quite a challenge and I have enjoyed it.
Wednesday - I went to a presentation of cloud based accounting system in the morning. It was very interesting. I am currently a Kashflow partner. I like Kashflow and so do my customers who use it. The afternoon was back at base doing a few small tasks for several customers.
Thursday -Started the day in a customer's office meeting with the company solicitors about credit control matters. Spent time looking through the accounts produced so far this year and discussing procedures with the staff in the office. This was followed by a meeting with the MD about how procedures could be improved and how they could make better use of the
facilities available in their software to increase efficiency and save time. Then back to base and set up some spreadsheet templates. In the evening I went to a barbeque networking meeting.
Friday - Back at new customers for a meeting with MD and Group Financial Director who is based overseas. We did that by video conferencing which was awesome. Then it was a quick dash on the M1 to another customer meeting to discuss their credit control problem. A series of not very good credit controllers have left behind a very untidy ledger and very unclear records. I have the task of verifying the ledger and tidying it up so we can start implementing a credit control system.
In between this there are the routine tasks of dealing with emails and admin associated with my business. Is the above a typical week? Well, in that is has a lot of variety and I am meeting many really nice people then yes it is typical.
Next week I will still have a lot of variety - I will meet some of the same people and some different people and the tasks I undertake will probably be totally different and the meetings I attend will be on different subject matters.
And that is why I enjoy what I do and think it is fun! If you'd like to work with a bookkeeper who loves her numbers and is passionate about balancing the books then why not call me on +44 (0) 1908 692378 or click here and ping over an email?
Until next time ...
I consider myself to be incredibly lucky because I am a bookkeeper. At the age of thirteen I did a three year course in three months and passed with distinction. Many years have gone by since then and I am still fascinated by the process of double entry bookkeeping. A process developed over 500 years ago by a venetian monk called Luca Pacioli.
Many people would like a machine that they could put all their paper work into at one end and it would come out the other end all sorted totalled and balanced. I'm glad it hasn't been invented because it would take all the fun out of my work!