We sat down with ‘paperwork queen’ Karen Mann, the accountancy professional bringing Rosemary Bookkeeping services to North Dorset and Salisbury.
From a young age, Karen Mann has loved figures, paperwork, and numbers. She says when she was at school she always thought about being an accountant.
But, as she tells me, during our sit-down following her completed induction academy to Rosemary Bookkeeping, life took a different path.
Karen has worked for a waste management company for the last 17 years. She began in their customer service department, but within nine months, had been promoted to running their accounts office.
As an office manager, Karen oversaw the operation of accounts and managed a team of 25 other people. So, when the Financial Director retired, she was well-prepared to take up the position of Company Director.
This entailed running all the accounts side of the business, handling all administration, and doing the management accounts to be sent to the company accountant.
This work has given Karen expert technical knowledge and a wealth of experience in management, as well as the ability to work alongside others and help them with things they have found difficult. A skill which she knows stands her in great stead as a bookkeeper.
During her time in this role, Karen also worked very closely with the Chairman and Managing Director of the company and has observed in detail every aspect of running a successful business.
Finding Rosemary Bookkeeping
Following the COVID-19 pandemic, Karen decided that after 17 years in the same place, she wanted to do something on her own and start her own business.
“I had been working for the same company for 17 years and it felt like it was time to go and do something for myself.”
With her experience and love of figures, the path was clear to Karen:
“I thought, why not run my own bookkeeping company?”
It was then she found Rosemary Bookkeeping. Karen says that she was drawn to the support we offer and how this impacts our clients.
Our Bookkeeping Support
“It’s not a case that we’re going to charge you by the hour because it could take someone a long time to do something,” Karen says.
“You can pick the elements of it that you like the sound of, or there are certain bits that you want to keep doing yourself and have control over, you can. There is a logical system for you to be able to follow without it costing any time out of your day, compared to sitting down and having to try and process everything.”
All this made Karen feel that Rosemary Bookkeeping was the right choice for her, as she felt our values and services aligned with the bookkeeper she wants to be.
“It just instantly felt like it was going to be a really good fit,” she says.
Karen’s new business
With the support of a renowned nationwide franchisor behind her, Karen has finally been able to realise her dream of working for herself as a bookkeeper as the owner of Rosemary Bookkeeping North Dorset and Salisbury. Now, she says that she is raring to get started helping customers and putting her love of bookkeeping to good use.
“I am a bit of a paperwork queen,” she says.
“I love paperwork, I love Excel, and figures are what I’m about. The whole of bookkeeping, I just love it.”
“I’m really looking forward to doing all of that and getting into the nitty gritty with customers and solving their issues and getting it all nice and straight for them.”
Need a bookkeeper?
Bookkeeping can be complex and time-consuming, but with the right support, it doesn’t have to be.
With a Rosemary Bookkeeper, you receive a transparent and expert service from your local expert, backed by a network of other experienced accountancy professionals.
If you think Rosemary Bookkeeping could be the right fit for you and your business, find your nearest Rosemary Bookkeeper today to take the headaches out of your bookkeeping.
And if you are in the North Dorset and Salisbury area, get in touch with Karen by calling 01202 094387 / 07590 554797 to book your free no-obligation consultation now.