Bookkeeping Counts is an independent bookkeeping service based in Stockton on Tees. Set up by Kathryn Barnes, Bookkeeping Counts are passionate about helping businesses understand their finances.
As a child, my best subjects at school were Maths and English and so I either wanted to be a Journalist or an Accountant!
Needless to say I chose Accounting so I went to Teesside University and graduated in 1998 with a BA Hons Degree in Accounting and Finance and have been working in finance ever since.
I have been employed in many different industries from manufacturing to government funded training organisations and have done everything from basic manual job costing to the much more complicated preparation of management accounts and variance analysis!
However, things changed for me about 6 months ago when I was faced with the threat of redundancy. It made me question what I really wanted from life both work wise and personally. Until this happened I guess I had become complacent and lost my focus and wandered off track.
Hence I decided that I wanted more flexible hours so that I can spend time with my family and friends, I wanted to have a decent income so that I didn’t need to worry about money and could support a family in the future and finally I wanted to enjoy life rather than potentially being an unhappy employee.
So I set up my own business knowing that the necessary skills and 18 years of experience to make it a success and I can honestly say it’s the best decision I’ve ever made.
Here I am, or should I say here Bookkeeping Counts is.