Institute of Certified NZ Bookkeepers

Hello to our ICBNZAI bookkeeping community. It's been amazing to reflect on #bookkeepcon19 and how wonderful it was to spend time with you all and connect again. It was super to see our Small Business Minister, Hon Stuart Nash, speak so highly of bookkeepers along with Inland Revenue promoting bookkeeper agents. The vibe and quality of speakers was fantastic.

On behalf of Dan, Jenny, Craig and myself, I would like to thank you all so much for engaging with us, visiting our stand and just being you, our bookkeeping community. We do hope you enjoyed your special pamper packs.

A huge congratulations to the award winners, we’re thrilled to call you Xero Partners, we are grateful for this and love that you received recognition for your work.

Beyond the books

On a personal note, due to the conference being in Christchurch (bring it home) both of my sons visited the conference at different times and it was really interesting after all these years of bookkeeping and traveling with work they didn't actually know what I did. As far as they were concerned, I would get on a plane and go somewhere to work, then come back and if they were lucky they got the cookie from the Air New Zealand flight. It was a privilege to be able to invite them into the conference centre to have a look. My younger son was pretty impressed when he saw the stage and asked me, “ this what you do?”

On reflection, my family observed that all the years that I spent bookkeeping, I sat in front of the computer and often was not available for them. I would be in the middle of a GST return or be talking to a client on the phone. If they wanted something I would shoot them “the look”  followed by a “hush”. They soon learned that it’s these times they could get away with asking for potato chips or if they could watch a movie, and I would say yes all to make sure that the client was happy and that I met their deadlines.

I’m sharing this from a personal perspective as I know that many of you have the same situation. Whether you’re bookkeeping from home or in an office, your family sometimes don't see it as a ‘real’ job they see it as something that you do alongside managing the household and family. So I just want to celebrate all of you for working those extra hours in the evenings and weekends, and fitting in your work around school sports, concerts and being a taxi driver.

Recognising success with the Xero Awards

Last week we celebrated the success of our bookkeepers in New Zealand at our Xero Awards in Wellington. We had a fabulous evening of glitz, glam, champagne and lots of smiles!

We had a huge response with many impressive entries. I’d like to say whether you’re a finalist or a winner, these awards are more about putting yourself out there, reviewing how you run your business and how this might make a difference to your clients.

We would like to extend our gratitude to everyone who entered, our bookkeeping finalists are: 

  • Bookkeepers NZ
  • Businessmax
  • GoFi8ure
  • Jones Business Solutions

And the winners are Di and Kelly from Bookkeepers NZ (BKNZ). Huge congratulations ladies!! For more information on the winners, check out the Xero Awards blog.

At the end of the day, it's all about you and your clients. We recognise that you make a difference to your clients every day and encourage them to succeed in running a sustainable business.

On another note, many of you will have seen Hubdoc in action and we recommend that you look at this for your clients;  it is a fantastic solution for data extraction as well as auto fetch. For more information or to sign up your clients for $2 + GST per month, click here.

And lastly, the Xero NZ Roadshow kicks off in less than 5 weeks so make sure you register your whole practice; it’s going to be an action-packed, interactive day.

Looking forward to seeing some of you at #Xerocon. For those that can’t make it this year please follow our Twitter and Facebook updates for special announcements and community news.

Mel Morris

Head of Bookkeeping