Name: Julie Allan
Business Name: jla accounting
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/jlaaccounting
Twitter name: @jlaaccounting
jla accounting is a friendly and professional firm based in Darlington. jla accounting is run by Julie Allan, a Chartered Accountant with over fourteen years experience helping individuals, partnerships and companies based in the North East with their accounting and taxation affairs. As an owner managed business, jla accounting, understands the needs of small and medium sized businesses and is best placed to offer the right service at the right price to each client.
When did you start your business and why?
My business started 18 months ago. I started my own accountancy practice to enable me to offer a high quality service to clients at an affordable price.
What gives your business the edge?
High quality, personal service.
What is the best thing about running your own business?
Everything! I enjoy having the control to decide the direction that my practice is heading, the rush when you win a new client and then developing good working relationships with my clients.
And what is the worst!?
Lack of office banter! – I try to make up for this by actively networking at The Inspire Network and Darlington Business Club and attending co-working days such as those organised by Colleagues on Tap.
Describe a typical day running your business and balancing family life:
Life is hectic and about full scale juggling. I get up, get the children ready and off to school or childcare. A typical working day can then involve meetings with clients, regular site visits to clients for the preparation of management accounts, networking and time in my office to get the actual work done. I then pick the children up from school and take them to classes before we get chance to settle down for the evening.
How do you envisage your business changing over the next 5 years?
Ultimately once all my children are at school I would like to grow the practice, creating flexible jobs for others and using technology and flexible workspaces to keep costs down to enable me to continue to deliver high quality service at an affordable price.
Do you have any advice for other Women in or starting a business?
Really think through your idea and do lots of research and then just have the confidence to go with it!