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Cowbit woman launches bookkeeping business

A lockdown epiphany led to the creation of a new business for a working mum forced to rethink her routine.

Catherine Skinner, who lives in Cowbit with her husband and two children, found herself in search of a route to working from home when lockdown closures meant she didn’t have access to childcare.

Catherine realised that she could use her skills and qualifications to set up her own bookkeeping business, Redwood Bookkeeping Services, from home.

Catherine Skinner of Redwood Bookkeeping. (38600330)
Catherine Skinner of Redwood Bookkeeping. (38600330)

She said: “Lockdown really gave me an opportunity. I’ve worked for an insurance company for twelve years, but in lockdown I found myself in a situation where my husband works full time and I have two children who need looking after and I thought ‘what am I going to do?’ as I can’t go to work and that means no income.I’ve been thinking about setting up on my own for the past couple of years so I decided it’s time to give it a go.”

Luckily, Catherine took her qualifications last year and finished her final exam in early March, just before lockdown, which meant that she was able to push forward with the business by applying for her licence and arranging her insurance.

Catherine offers a range of services, including invoicing, expense processing, bank reconciliations, VAT returns and a nationwide remote bookkeeping service which is is a big help for those who don’t yet feel comfortable leaving their home for face-to-face appointments.

She said: “I was going to keep it local at first, but as I joined a few business Facebook groups I saw that I could cover nationwide. The world of accountancy is moving away from needing to be face-to-face thanks to all of the software which is now available.

“This is really helpful for people who are concerned about leaving the house post-lockdown.”

Catherine, who has lived in Cowbit for six years having moved from the Whittlesey area, says that her main focus is helping people and saving their pennies.

She said: “I can help people to process expenses, let them know what they need at year end and help to organise. There’s a lot of software out there which means that I can help to streamline people’s accounts for them too - which is why I am able to offer the remote service.

I can look at tax returns and get those ready for accountants which, in turn, can help to save clients money. I’m all about saving people time and money.”

Catherine hopes that others will be inspired by her story and take the plunge themselves.

She said: “There’s such a lot of negativity out there, with lots of people facing redundancy and small business which are struggling. I hope that I can give people a boost and let them know that it can be done - you can make things happen.

“I would never have had this time before but lockdown has given me the chance to get my business off the ground. For more information, visit www.redwoodbooks.co.uk

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