From a very young age I dreamt of having my own business.
Growing up on a farm demonstrated how a business operates - the calf and lamb were born, nourished and then sold on. There were costs associated with the animal which had to be deducted from the selling price to decide if there was a profit or loss.
During my school days I was very interested in maths. Mother thought me long division, multiplication and fractions. I truly believe this gave me a head start for Maths. In national school the master often asked me to show my class mates the method to do the calculation. I really enjoyed that.
Accounting and Business Organisation were my favourite subjects in secondary school. I used to commence the next chapter before the instructions were received from the teachers so it did not come as a surprise to my class mates that my chosen path was accountancy.
Both of my brothers had businesses which I worked in, even though they were different industries (Garage and Electrical contractors). I gained plenty of experience working in the family businesses from dealing with the public, payroll, submitting tenders, bookkeeping, and liaising with Government Bodies in relation to procurement procedures
In 2006 I commenced the path to becoming an accountant. Initially I qualified as an accountant technician. As a result of encouragement from my parents, Pat Baxter (and many a friend) I continued the path towards becoming an accountant. I studied with IIPA as the exams suited me better as I could work during the week and attend college at night and weekends. I subsequently acquired CPA IIPA 3 years ago.
I qualified in 2012 -- the proudest day of my life!!
During my studies I was working with Pat Baxter who was a good support to me. Pat decided to retire in 2017 and I took the biggest challenge in my career and acquired Pat's client database. It has many ups and downs but I am glad to say the system has begun to work as I now work with the existing clients I had in my practice alongside those newly acquired.
With the support of Roscommon Leader Partnership, helping me to start my own business, I feel the lessons I have learnt during my career will support other business, particularly start-ups.
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