Hi, I am Magriet Barnard, aChartered Accountant (SA). I work with SME's providing them with customised accounting & tax solutions. I love working with small businesses and entrepreneurs as I can relate to them. This is my nomadic story ....
What lead you to start your own business ?
My first daughter kept on getting sick in the creche when I had to go back to work after maternity leave. So I decided to rather start working from home to look after her. And I was so over the company politics! My priorities has changed and I had better and more important things to do.
How did you get your first client and how hard/easy was it to build your client base that allow you to work for yourself ?
My first client came with me from my old work and thereafter it was mostly by word of mouth.
What is a great tip that you can share with other nomadic business owners ?
To keep on pushing and never give up on your dreams!
What has been/or what is your greatest challenge in working for yourself ?
To manage the work / life balance!
What is your favourite thing about working for yourself ?
Being flexible and at home with my kids.
How do you keep yourself motivated ?
The satisfaction from helping a client and getting them sorted keeps me going.
How you do you balance it all work/life ?
This is a real tough one, especially when it is a busy tax season. But I don't think there is ever a real true balance, and sometimes it's easier said than done. There is always seasons in life and you have to make the most of each one!
What has been your biggest lesson to date working for yourself ?
To stand your ground and not let people take advantage. Know your worth!
Do you have any special or noteworthy projects that are coming up that you can share with us or what is a dream project or goal for 2018 ?
To automate my practice as much as possible.