What inspired you to start your own business?
I genuinely believe that each and every one of us has an entrepreneurial spirit inside of us. You just need to wait for the right moment in time to fulfil your potential – we all have it! My dad was a role model for me – he was a businessman and a big inspiration in my life.
Can you describe your education and career journey so far?
I attended Middlesex University and studied accountancy and finance, which meant I got seven exemptions from my ACCA exams. I was always good with numbers, and knew I wanted a career in the field.
After I graduated I worked at a few places, including two small firms and then seven years at the top 20 firm Crowe Clark Whitehill where I was exposed to really big clients and started handling millions of pounds.
I always knew I wanted to start my own business, and I also knew that spending time in different sized firms would prove invaluable and crucial to my future success.
Can you describe the steps you took to start your own business?
Mindset is absolutely key – you need to be positive and think to yourself ‘how do I get from A to B’? The answer is – utilise your own knowledge, expand your network, talk to people, learn about your target audience and use social media to reach out to them.
You need to make sure everything you do is cost-effective and experiment to find your way – there is no ‘right way’. Have fun as you go!
How has being an ACCA member helped you in your career and entrepreneurship?
The training and knowledge you get is essential – it opens doors. From doing my qualification I got the exposure and experience I needed.
Working in the smaller firms helped me a lot – I got to understand how everything worked on a granular level, and got a very well-rounded understanding of different sectors and company sizes.
I’m originally from Malaysia – ACCA has strong ties there, so I know if I want to expand my business there I can do that. ACCA crosses borders.
Q. What are the three best things about being your own boss?
1. Whatever effort I put in, I reap the rewards of that.
2. I get to meet all sorts of people from all walks of life – I love building relationships.
3. It’s great that I work with clients – not for clients.