At Amy Taylor Accountancy, you will find a friendly, personal service where children are welcome. Having been a chartered accountant and analyst for over 10 years, Amy Taylor recognised there was a need for local business people who are juggling a business and childcare to have somewhere they can meet their accountant and bring the kids without feeling intimidated.
But it’s not just all about providing flexibility. Having been an analyst for part of her career, Amy can assess your personal circumstances to make sure you get all possible tax reliefs available as well as help you with tax planning for the future. “I won’t wait for people to ask me a question about their finances, but will go above and beyond to analyse their circumstances as a matter of course. For me the enjoyment is legitimately saving my clients money.”
And on the subject of saving money, Amy offers clarity over pricing and will give you a competitive quote within 24 hours. “I know as an accountant how important it is to budget. How can you plan your finances effectively if you don’t even know what you will be paying your own accountant?”
What inspired you to start your own business?
Being a Mum to 2 children, I felt that commuting into London and full time work just wasn’t going to be do-able anymore. I thought about setting up on my own and friends and family were so positive about it, I just thought “Go for it Girl”!!
What has been your biggest challenge?
Learning how to use twitter and other social networking sites. My etiquette to begin with was terrible, but now I enjoy the tweets, tips from other business gurus and generating leads that twitter can offer.
What have you learnt about yourself since you became self-employed?
I have learnt that it’s important to keep yourself up to date in your knowledge area, for your self-esteem, your employability and to keep your brain working – not always easy when you’re a mum!
What has been the best thing about being your own boss?
Not having to ask anyone for time off, or worry when your little one is ill that everyone in the office will be moaning about you taking time off.
If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring ‘mumpreneur’ what would it be?
Join a wonderful supportive networking group like Mums the Boss for fabulous business tips and to meet other people like you, and No they didn’t pay me to say that!!
Amy writes simple blogs to enhance the understanding of finance, from the basics of book-keeping to how to save tax. By making the blogs widely accessible on Twitter, she ensures she can reach as many mothers in business as possible, and her popularity among the Twitter subscribers has led to her being the most influential female accountant in the UK (source : wefollow.com).