I hated this question as the reply “I’m an accountant” can be quite a conversation stopper. Also it didn’t describe what I did for the past 5 years as I had a range of really interesting internal roles at one of the Big 4. None of which included looking at accounts. But people want a quick answer and how many of us really understand what other people do?
I’ve only been out of work for a month and I am already warming to the question. I’ve had so many great conversations with people about my idea for a business. It’s still early days and the idea needs fleshed out but I’m excited about how I will answer “So what do you do?” in 2016!
So what am I excited about?
I want to enable entrepreneurs to get over their fear of numbers. To help them understand how to financially manage their business from Day 1 so they can make better business decisions. To be an ‘on demand’ Financial Director for start-ups and small businesses who helps them to thrive.
This will include upskilling them through coaching and courses as well as provision of tools. I will also be available to answer questions, provide feedback on work they have performed and to deliver consultancy projects (e.g. building forecasts for investment).
Why am I excited? I get to bring together my eclectic experience including auditing, forensic accounting, leadership coaching, innovation and mentoring of entrepreneurs to help those who are bringing their ideas to life. I have always loved hearing other people’s ideas and helping them execute. I thrive on the energy and buzz of it.
What do you think of this idea? Do you think it would make a difference? I would really love to hear your feedback.