My Story

It’s a bit long, but stick with me.

So you’d like to know more about me, that’s good, because it’s important that we are a good fit and will work well together.

My story in a nutshell.

I grew up in a business environment. For over 20 years my parents ran a profitable and successful Retravision business in a country town. This was in the early 70s, and so the business mindset was ingrained in me at a very young age. (Don’t try guessing my age.)

Like most people I had my fair share of jobs over the years. But then the Australian government introduced the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in July 2000, and my life changed forever.

As you can imagine it was all the buzz, and everyone was scurrying to figure it out. My husband was busy with his business and I was the chief paperwork shuffler in our home office. So it was up to me to figure out this new GST—and fast.

As it turned out, I enjoyed it—the bookkeeping, figuring out the GST, and working out when and how it should be implemented. I spent quite a while bringing some order to the office (which was mine by this stage), getting the business onto some sort of bookkeeping system, and start looking after his business.

Not long after our eldest child started secondary school, I decided since we were both home for 6 – 8 weeks over the Christmas school holidays, I’d put my spare time into something new. And I was itching to do more than just look after my husband’s books and work part-time.

So in late 2006 I launched my Virtual Assistant bookkeeping business. And it still makes me feel very happy and content. I love the range of clients work I look after, and I still enjoy working with them and their numbers.

Later I became a member of ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) and haven’t looked back. There is always something new to learn—a new way to do things, new taxes, etc.

What I love about my business are the constant learning opportunities, the challenges, and the feeling of achievement when I’ve finally got something sorted, whether it’s reconciliations or a BAS.

My children are both in their early 20s now, and as I feel I’ve reached my full potential by helping micro, small and solo business with their bookkeeping, I felt it time to dive into study and learn a new skill.

In 2016 I decided to add Copywriting as my new skill. I studied with Bernadette Schwerdt from Melbourne’s Copyschool, and then completed Kate Toon’s Recipe for SEO Success course. I’m currently doing further training as a copywriter, this time with Belinda Weaver from Copywrite Matters.

But it hasn’t slowed me down. In fact, I’ve found another gear and I’m raring to go. I’m looking forward to helping more businesses with their copywriting and their bookkeeping.

Including yours.


  • Kate Toon – Recipe for SEO Success
  • Belinda Weaver – Copywrite Matters’ Copywriting Masterclass (currently completing)
  • Bernadette Schwerdt – Copyschool’s copywriting course
  • Xero Partner (Current with Xero)
  • BAS Agent (Current with the Tax Practitioners Board)
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