I have been in the IT Industry since 1975 (no, not a typo) and have been an independent consultant since 1980! That's a lot of years! Most of my experience has been in the accounting field (programing, selling, consulting and actually using the programs on a day-to-day basis). I am recommended by accountants and have clients all over Australia.
Primarily I am an accounting software specialist, bookkeeper and web site designer. With 30 years' experience in the computer industry in programming, systems analysis, computer sales and systems support, I have worked for multi-nationals like Katies, Readers Digest, Adler Business Machines, Canon Australia as well as being the exclusive Australian distributor of Fiscal Accounting and Payroll Products (1989 to 1996), which entailed selling to and supporting 400 dealers and 1500+ end users.
I have been an independent accounting software consultant since 1980 (with no intention of retiring anytime soon)! I'm living my dream career!
I was an MYOB Certified Consultant (from 1996 to 2006), an MYOB Proffesional Partner - Bookkeeper 2006 to 2014, and a Xero Certified Partner from 2013. I am network aware and I've worked with the internet since its inception in Australia.
I have mostly on-the-job and self-education training, although I have been through quite a few one-day courses and have learned along the way, especially from other professionals like accountants.
I'm a Registered BAS Agent which requires educational and work-related minimum standards.
During the time I was an MYOB Certified Consultant, I had to take re-certification exams each year, plus other required development activities. The same applies to being a Xero Certified Advisor and a BAS Agent.
I'm always learning and always keeping up with the latest. Several industry ezines come across my desk each week and I do spend time developing my talents. I'm active on industry forums as well.
Sinde 1999, I run Apple Macs, which all have the ability to switch to a Windows partition - the best of both worlds. When I'm away from my office, my trusty iPad and iPhone keeps me in touch.
I've been designing websites since the dawn of the website era. I've used many different systems, but have settled mostly on Joomla, Wordpress and a few different shopping carts, depending on the purpose and integration required.
I don't usually work at your site for bookkeeping. Why? Because I prefer to work from my state-of-the-art, fully equipped, air-conditioned (or heated) home office that is available 24/7. It's is quiet, comfortable and has equipment I work with every day. My fingers can fly across a keyboard that I'm very used to, and my mouse easily finds everything I need. I have no distractions and I work much faster than if I were in your environment, guaranteed. There's also no travel time, so I can be far more productive.
If you want training or setup, I prefer to take you out of your environment with its distractions (especially if it's your place of work) and teach you what you need to learn (ie you're not tied to a course). After, you'll be on your way with specific learning tasks until next time.
Certifications & Memberships
Xero Certified Adviser
Xero Bronze Partner
ATO Registered BAS Agent
MYOB Certified Consultant (1997 to June 2006)
MYOB Bookkeepers Club (From July 2006 to 2014)
Past MYOB Retail Manager Consultant (not currently certified)
MYOB & Xero setup
MYOB & Xero training
MYOB & Xero bookkeeping and consulting
Internet training (advanced)
Conversion to Xero
MYOB Software & Xero Managed Client Reseller
Avid interest in IT problem solving and troubleshooting.
Mac and PC
Most Mac business programs
MS Office including Word, Excel, Front Page, Outlook
MYOB - Mac, Windows and Cloud, MYOB Retail Manager, MYOB Retail Basics
Joomla & associated components and modules
Many shopping carts including Shopify
Vend and other POS systems.
Adobe Photoshop, InDesign
Mail list and newsletter administration and management
... and much more