Laura Bovell – Mandurah Bookkeeper

I have always loved what I do, I have loved numbers since my earliest childhood memory. My complete fascination was with calculators and cash registers. It was my biggest dream to work as a “checkout chick” – I know big plans right but how was I to know that fast forward 30 years and everyone would be serving themselves. I couldn’t wait to work and at 14 years and 9 months (the absolute earliest you could be employed) I walked into my local supermarket and asked for a job. I have never looked back. I have loved my jobs, not always the day to day work but the independence of working, having money and being able to better my life.

I loved working and after 10 years in Accounts, Admin and Management with a leading Australian bank I took some time off to marry my soulmate and create the beautiful little people that I am honoured to call our daughters. I had planned to retire at that stage and be a full-time mother. I absolutely loved this “job” more than any I had ever had but by the time my youngest was 2 (and my eldest 3), I missed my career, I missed that difference sense of success and accomplishment and I wanted back in, but what to do?

I couldn’t go back to working 50 hour weeks and travelling 3 hours a day, I had a family to think about now. I worked as a part-time bookkeeper for a while, but I felt my girls spent more time in day care than they did with me and I felt guilty and missed them desperately. So began the dawn of my mobile bookkeeping business. It was genius, doing what I love, on my terms, setting my own hours and rate for trading my time for money. If I was going to trade my time with my kids and husband it was going to be doing something I loved, something that fit in with school drop offs and pick ups, that didn’t interfere with weekend sports and where I could really feel like I am helping people with their business, creating their own dreams.

Like many small business, I had gotten to a point where I needed to grow or maintain. I had to make a decision and this is harder than many think. Do I maintain my wonderful business the way it is and try to deal with the life balance aspect or do I go all in and “Burn the ships” never looking back? It took me around 12 months to make this decision, weighing up all the pros and cons but once I made the decision to go all in, I have never looked back. Fear holds us back, fear to fail, fear to succeed, trying to predict the future…the what if of life but sometimes we need to trust our instincts. I have always thought I was put on this earth to do amazing things, to help people change their lives and leave behind an incredible legacy. I spent a long time trying to figure out what that mark was it was never about significance, just about being certain I am doing what I am meant to be doing. The more I jump feet first into VOMA (Virtual Office Management Australia) the more I can fly, my mind is freer with every thought, I don’t know all the answers to the future but I don’t need to know, I’m just happy that I am on the right path, no matter which way it twists and turns I am ready.

– Laura Bovell