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Living the Dream

For as long as I can remember, my dream was to have a home-based business so I could be around my family and children as they grew up yet still contribute to the family finances. Somewhere along the way that dream went astray and instead, I became a primary school teacher followed by an integration aide and finally my husband’s full time secretary and bookkeeper for his mechanical repair business, all jobs keeping me out of the home, not in it!

I began my bookkeeping business while I worked for my husband and slowly grew the client base when time allowed. This proved difficult mainly because of time constraints and meant that many nights and weekends were sacrificed in order for my business to stay afloat. In recent weeks however, things have turned around and now I am finally able to work in my home office full time. It’s been a long journey.

 

The e-BAS Accounts Office (aka my house!)

 

About 2 months ago, my husband unexpectedly received an offer to buy his business which he decided to accept. His health hasn’t been great in recent weeks and the automotive trade is slowing so it was an offer that was too good to pass up; the timing seemed right. While we were both sad to see the business go, I remained quietly excited – my dream of working full-time in my home-based business was finally coming true!

 

The sale of my husband’s business is a big deal for e-BAS Accounts. During a 13 year period, I spent a large chunk of each week helping my husband with administrative, bookkeeping and payroll tasks at his office. I certainly never begrudged helping my husband at any stage but now that his business is sold, suddenly I am going to have a lot of extra time on my hands. This will mean I won’t have to work through most weekends due to being time-poor; I’ll have more time to work on my business instead of always working in it; most of all, I’ll be able to devote more time to clients which will hopefully result in providing them with a much better service all round. The biggest change is that I can finally work from home in a full time capacity – the dream is realised at last! Sadly, this hasn’t happened during the time my kids were growing up and now they have flown the coop (except for one) – “too late she cried!”. Maybe I’ll be around for the grand-kids instead! Never-the-less, I think 2013 will be a good year 🙂

 

 

  • Sheryl Allen

    Congratulations, Louise. That’s a great achievement … and so satisfying to be “running your own race”. Best wishes for 2013!

  • Thanks Sheryl. It’s going to be much better now that I can concentrate 100% on my business. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  • Congratulations Louise! You must feel so relieved but eager to get started on this new phase of your business. I can’t wait to see what you do next!

  • Thanks Kylie for the kind words. It’s so great to be in your own space/office as I’m sure you’re about to find out! As far as what I’ll do next – probably just keep working like everyone else except it’ll be in my office and on my terms!