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My name is Thu and I’m the founder of Total Care Accounting Solutions. I want to tell you how a dog called Simon changed my career path (and my life) forever.
To give you a bit of a snapshot of my background: my father had a very hard life and was independent from a pretty young age and I think that came through in how my Mum and Dad raised me. They looked after me well and prepared me to be independent. They gave me the freedom to make my own decisions as a child because they wanted to make sure I’d be okay if anything ever happened and they were no longer around.
And then when I was quite young (only 11 years old) both my parents passed away suddenly.
My father had always instilled in me the importance of schooling. Looking back now I can see how much value he placed on education and I’m glad, because it’s served me well.
Even though I never pictured it, I’ve ended up with the most degrees and certificates of anyone in my family!
Fast-forward a few years and that’s where Simon comes into the picture.
I got him when he was just a puppy. He was a German Shepherd cross Rottweiler and he grew to be a full head taller than me when we were both sitting down (as you can see in the picture).
HE WAS A DOG BUT SOMETIMES I THINK HE THOUGHT HE WAS A HUMAN. HE’D WATCH PEOPLE DO THINGS LIKE GARDENING, OPENING SLIDING AND ROLLER DOORS, AND THEN WHEN HE WAS ALONE HE’D PUT HIS OBSERVATIONS INTO PRACTICE, PULLING UP PLANTS (IF HE THOUGHT THEY WERE IN THE WRONG PLACE) AND OPENING THE SLIDING AND ROLLER DOORS IF THEY WERE UNLOCKED.
One day at the park I saw this gorgeous white dog with big blue eyes (he looked just like a toy) scamper away whimpering as soon as he spotted Simon.
Sabine said Paddy was scared of Simon’s size. We got talking and became good friends. She told me she had just finished studying an intensive tax return course.
I thought it would be great thing to do but at that stage I didn’t want to go back and study so I left it for a few years.
During this time Simon developed leukaemia (blood cancer). It spread all over his body within a few weeks. He was only 5 and a half years old when he passed away and I still miss him every day.
A little time went by and I picked up some extra work in the evenings at a tax agent’s office, preparing tax returns for clients during the busy tax season. I really enjoyed it.
MY WORK FRIENDS AT MY OTHER JOB (WITH A MAJOR PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY) KEPT TELLING ME HOW HAPPY I SEEMED WHENEVER I TALKED ABOUT ANYTHING TO DO WITH TAX, BUT THE THOUGHT OF CHANGING CAREERS AND STARTING OVER WAS A NO-NO FOR ME.
I was happy in my comfort zone with people who were a similar age to me and who I’d known for years. And I was proud to be working for the number one pharmaceutical company in the world.
The thing is though, I got nowhere in my career.
Eventually I took the plunge and made a change. I decided to continue working while I completed my Master of Taxation degree in the evenings and on weekends.
Through proper planning and with the acceptance that I was going to have some long, tough days ahead of me, I managed to complete the degree in two and half years, 6 months earlier than I had anticipated.
For the first few months after I completed my degree I was working two jobs (fulltime and evening) in both careers. Eventually I left those jobs for a full time tax accountant position in a tax agent’s office.
I’ve been in the taxation field since 2004 and I love it! And I’ve gone on to complete my Certificate IV Financial Services (Bookkeeping), Certificate of Professional Accounting, and Certificate of Small Business Management too.
A lot of people are surprised to find out that just because someone is a qualified accountant or tax
accountant doesn’t mean they’re qualified as a bookkeeper.
An accountant still needs to complete a Certificate IV Financing Services (Bookkeeping) to be qualified as a bookkeeper.
I love being in business for myself because it’s given me the opportunity to create the kind of business I want, one that reflects the values of the real person behind the business. I get such a joy out of being able to help people manage their accounts better, meet their obligations and avoid unnecessary penalties.
AND I MAKE SURE I ENJOY THE PROCESS OF BEING A BUSINESS OWNER, CREATING SYSTEMS AND POLICIES THAT ARE IN LINE WITH MY VALUES, MAKING QUICK DECISIONS WHEN NEEDED. THE FLEXIBILITY AND OPTIONS OF HOW I WANT MY BUSINESS TO EVOLVE ARE ENDLESS.
There are always so many things to learn. Education never stops. I make a commitment to work on business and in business. Every year I attend seminars in different fields that relate to business such as bookkeeping, taxation, marketing, running a business, business investment, and so on, putting in extra time on nights and weekends.
It’s safe to say I definitely attend way more than the basic requirements!
I’m continually finding ways to improve my business from dealing with clients with different requirements to creating better in-house systems. And I pass what I know onto my clients.
Being a small business owner relies on a mixture of your street smarts, intelligence, knowledge, experience and adventure and I love being able to share that with other business owners.
So if you’d like the peace of mind of having your financial accounts looked after by qualified industry professionals, I invite you to take the short self-assessment quiz contained in this package. It will give you an indication of whether your business can benefit from the professional, qualified care of Total Care Accounting Solutions. For more information and reviews, find our business profile on Oneflare.
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1. You and your staff will be treated with professional courtesy at all times
2. Your first visit is completely free and there is no obligation for you to continue using Total Care Accounting Solutions’ services if you don’t feel we’re a good match
3. All communications (phone, email, SMS and so on) will be initially responded to within 24 hours
4. All information you’re given is up to date and compliant with legislation
5. You will receive courtesy reminders to ensure you avoid ATO penalties for late submissions
6. If you’re having trouble making payments, simply get in touch before an invoice is due and we’ll offer you an extension
7. BAS clients will be provided with customised balance sheets and P & L statements where appropriate, so you can keep track of your accounts
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