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My Entrepreneurial Journey

 

Yeah, I’m totally spilling about myself.

 

And it’s about to get real. Real and honest with you about who I am and how I got here today.

 

Before I started The Busy Bookkeeper I was working for a company that I hated, stuck in a job that I freakin’ loathed. Pretty standard stuff, eh? To say I was a disgruntled employee that hated the working week is the understatement of the century. The company made the usual promises of promotions and salary increases (blah blah) just to keep my butt in the seat but the workload, horrible bosses and the fact that I was always broke made life unbearable. In addition to this, I had to take my sick kids to work with me because deadlines were more important than being a parent … apparently.

 

When it rains, it storms…

 

At the same time that work life was messy and unhappy, I had just finalised my divorce and was a single mum supporting 3 kids alone. In addition to that, I was in a massive pile of debt, had lost my home as a part of the divorce agreement, and had to down-scale on the home life that I was accustomed to as we just couldn’t afford it.

 

I was Bitter. Plain ol’ fashioned Bitter (and depressed).

 

Bitter (and depressed) at losing my home. Bitter (and depressed) at being in debt. Bitter (and depressed) because I had to go to a job every day that refused to pay me my worth, and treated me like a machine rather than a member of a team. Bitter (and depressed) that job wouldn’t even let me take a day off to go to Maintenance Court. Bitter and freakin’ depressed

 

Something needed to change. Stat.

 

After some reflection I realised that in order to see any sort of positive change in my life, I had to actually take some form of action and actually start making changes. That was the day I handed in my resignation. It was terrifying. I had no job to go to and a family to support, but I realised that this was the first action step that I needed to take to reclaim my life. A new environment with a new mindset. So I bid them farewell (they thought I was joking and would never resign right up until the last day of my resignation period, can you even?) and I was on my bitter and depressed merry way.

 

 

Fast forward 2.5 years, and here I am today.

 

A registered Accountant, the Founder and Director of my own company, a confident Business Woman, an Author, well liked and respected by those who know me and have worked with me, oh and guess what my family life is like? I’m engaged to the man of my dreams (bonus) and my kids are thriving (lottery). My home life has never been happier.

 

I’m a Goal Digger.

 

My journey has had its ups and downs but drive, commitment and just plain old stubborn nature have kept me going, even with those naysayers and prophets of doom telling me I couldn’t do it. My business has evolved into something absolutely amazing and that I’m truly so proud of having built from the ground up.

 

And how was this all possible you ask?

 

It’s all thanks to amazing people like you: Small Business Owners who needed a Lifeline and reached out to me for help. You took a chance on me and are the reason behind my success. My family and I will never be able to thank you enough.

 

I believe in small business just as I believed in myself, and take great pride in knowing that I’m able to contribute to their growth and success on a daily basis. If there’s one thing that I know from personal experience about the Small Business Owner, it’s this: Behind every successful small business is a driven, hard-working individual just trying to pay the bills, put their kids through school and live a happy, fulfilled life. We all have our struggles in life and business so having people around you that actually just get it really helps make it so much easier.

 

We still have a way to go as there are always new goals to be set, new business relationships to form, new small business owners like you to help, and life to live to its fullest but the journey is a beautiful one and I couldn’t imagine being on any other path than I am right now.

 

I look forward to this journey with you and hope you’ll subscribe to my blog to get up to date notifications on my business ramblings, when new signature digital products and templates are released and when I decide to have a flash sale on some world-class business software that I have in my online store.

 

Ciao for now,

Magdalene xo

 

 

Magdalene van der Walt

Magdalene is TBB's founder, small business fundi and content developer. She is a certified accountant, Sage Business Cloud adviser, approved CIPC service provider and serial entrepreneur. Her mission is to empower small business owners by equipping them with the tools that they need to succeed in business.

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