We’re so excited that QuickBooks Connect is just a few weeks away. Thousands will gather under one roof to hear from world-class speakers and connect with like-minded accountants, small business owners and entrepreneurs.
This year, Heather Smith from ANISE consulting will be speaking at one of the QBC breakout sessions. We sat down with Heather to find out why she’s so passionate about apps for small business and why she can’t wait for QuickBooks Connect 2019.
Tell us a little bit about you
In grade 11, my teacher drew neat T balances across our school blackboard. I was mesmerised by the tranquility, order and magic that accounting brought into my life, and recognised it was a profession that opened up the opportunity to think, work and travel.
After graduating, I flew to England and worked as a Fixed Asset Auditor at an Aerospace company. While counting assets, I met the man who’d become my husband. I then moved to an FMCG company, where I was responsible for analysing a $45M portfolio of Private Label goods, for several years.
I left England for Singapore and joined a construction company as an Auditor. Working across multiple languages and cultures kept me on my toes. After several years, I said goodbye to the humidity, returned to England for a short stint, and then moved across to Canada.
Following three years working as an accountant in Canada, I returned home to Australia in 2000, and taught accounting at local universities, which inspired me to start my own business.
Tell us about your business?
I launched ANISE Consulting in 2007, a 100% virtual practice. Working with micro and small business owners, we work to implement automated solutions, allowing them to develop accurate, timely management reports that they can use to support data driven business decisions.
Running a small virtual practice for over a decade, I recognise there is a demand for technical education around digital solutions in an industry where many are time poor. With my extensive training experience, I use social media platforms to feed technical knowledge back into the community.
I’ve written nine business books on business and cloud accounting, and I also host a popular podcast called Cloud Stories, where I interview the founders of different accounting apps. I’m also a global ambassador for the World Congress of Accountants and an ambassador for Chartered Accountants Innovation Agenda – CA Catalyst.
You’ve been to QuickBooks Connect before – what did you enjoy the most?
I met some really great people and I loved hearing Lielette Calleja’s story from the main stage. I was also very grateful to be on a panel discussing accounting apps.
What are you looking forward to at QuickBooks Connect 2019?
I’m looking forward to talking to the accounting app partners to find out about any new feature releases, and how they are working to help accountants and small businesses leverage people, processes and technology to streamline their workflow.
You’re presenting at QuickBooks Connect. What’s one thing you hope people take away from your presentation?
I hope after hearing my talk, attendees will go to the QBConnect exhibitor hall and ask questions, and have some purposeful conversations with the app partners so they can help their small business clients.
Don’t miss out, register for QuickBooks Connect 2019 today!