Support is crucial as a solopreneur, so on the blog today I’m interviewing Catherine Nestor.
Catherine is a freelance PR consultant in south London who runs Catherine Nestor PR.
We had a chat about her accounting style.
1. Tell us a bit about you, Catherine
I’ve been working in public relations for many years. In 2012 I took the plunge and went freelance.
It was slow to get going but I am doing a really interesting health campaign right now. Along the way I got much more confident about marketing myself on- and off-line so I hope that will help to keep work coming in.
2. How would you describe your accounting style?
I have to say my style is very simple.
I hope that’s because at the moment my accounts are quite straightforward and not because I’ve missed something crucial. But I’m sure there are things I could do better.
3. What is your biggest motivator and challenge to getting your books done?
I hate last-minute panics so I aim to keep everything up-to-date.
4. How do you keep your records?
I use Excel spreadsheets for sales and purchases and keep a log of all relevant business-related income and expenditure.
I got a nice folder for all the sorted bits of paper and I keep all the electronic receipts in one place on my laptop – backed up of course!
[Rosie: Gorgeous stationery for your accounts is a tax-deductible expense, so treat yourself!]
5. Could you share a good tip?
It’s probably not an original tip but I do set aside some time every Friday to deal with ‘admin’.
Even if there’s not much to do sometimes at least I am giving it some thought.
The time is booked in my diary so I’ve got no excuse.
Catherine is a south London based public relations consultant, working mainly with charity and public sector clients. Her real job is bringing up her daughter. She loves running, yoga, cooking and gardening. Web: http://nestorpr.co.uk Twitter: CatN101
What’s your accounting style?
If you know you need help getting your head out of the sand and getting up to date with your accounts, let’s talk.