1) Why did you choose a career in accounting?
I wanted to work in accounting as I believe it is a universal business language. I love helping people and working in accounting allows me to take peoples financial problems, explain them logically, and ultimately solve them.
2) As you’re from South Africa, what can you tell us about how accounting differs in the UK?
The challenges for accountants in South Africa and the UK are actually very similar. Dealing with cashflow problems, lack of funding and how to communicate accountancy language to clients have been a part of my role in both places.
3) What do you think the biggest challenge is for small businesses?
I think it can be quite daunting for small business owners. They’re dealing with compliance and tax, and they think they have to understand everything all at once.
4) What piece of advice would you give to people looking to start a business?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Often the problems that you’re facing have an easy solution, so doing some research and asking the right people can be really helpful.
5) If you weren’t an accountant, what would you be?
My mum was a pharmacist and so I’ve always been interested in the medical field. I like the idea of being able to make peoples lives better.