I’m Tamsin Doyle and I opted out of ordinary accounting
I was always that kid who hated numbers so, for me, becoming an accountant was never on the cards. I cried my way through every maths lesson without fail. My enthusiasm for accounting began from a book on accounting and a comment that I couldn’t be an accountant.
Determined to prove to everyone – myself most of all – that this girl definitely could, I began to really pay attention to maths and before I knew it, I’d fallen head over heels and found an enjoyment I never could have seen in all those maths lessons.
But when I joined the corporate accounting world, I didn’t love what I found.
Instead of helping business owners to understand their accounts, we acted as though it was an elite activity that only we could perform.
Instead of helping self-employed people keep on top of their books, we had a “just in the nick of time” way of working (which put stress on us and them).
Instead of helping freelancers feel excited about their figures, we took over – so all our clients saw was an invoice at the end of it.