I was always keen on mathematics and numbers and right from studying business studies at school I knew I wanted to be an accountant!
My mum owned a Post Office and general stores, which I worked in at the weekend from being 13 and as soon as I started learning about business I wanted to learn how to do the bookkeeping, I really enjoyed this!
So, as soon as I left school I enrolled myself on the AAT accountancy course and payroll course at Chesterfield college. I was much younger with little experience compared to everyone else that I was studying with, so a lot of hard work was required to complete the 3 year course.
Part way through the course, I was lucky to gain an apprenticeship at Mitchells Chartered Accountants, to gain real experience of the job that I wanted to do, whilst finishing my qualification. With a lot of study and hard work, I passed the courses, including additional modules and was also granted an award for Overall Outstanding Achievement from Chesterfield College.
Whilst working at Mitchells I had the opportunity to work in the Corporate department with fantastic colleges that were brilliant mentors and I learned a wide range of skills giving me the grounding to move on and develop my career.
In this role I worked largely on Limited Company accounts and Corporation tax, also auditing, management accounts and dealt with many clients.
After 6 1/2 happy years at Mitchells I had the opportunity to set up my own business doing bookkeeping and accounts and soon built up a small client base working from home. After a year my workload was becoming too big for just me and I set on my first employee.
I then went on to take on offices and increase my staff and client base, we have now moved into lovely offices at Staveley Hall that have been newly refurbished and I'm very happy with how business is progressing in its 7th year.
In 2013 I took a back seat to have my first child and I'm now back into the swing of things and enjoying growing the business. http://www.emeraldaccountancy.com
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