As the StartUp Britain bus tour continues its journey north, stopping in Preston today, Preston-based accountant and QuickBooks ProAdvisor Paul Ainsworth shares his story about how he came to use QuickBooks. Paul will be on the bus today taking questions on accounting and finance so if you are heading down be sure to say hello.
“I started my accountancy practice, Ainsworth & Co, in 2005 after spending 20 years in industry in a variety of roles from chief accountant to finance and admin director. This experience in industry and commerce has enabled me to understand the issues that small businesses face on a day-to-day basis. My practice focuses on providing accounts, bookkeeping, computing and tax services to start-ups and small businesses in and around Preston. My clients are locally based and operate in a variety of business sectors, including construction, IT, design, health and lettings.
“I began using QuickBooks accounting software from Intuit as soon as I launched my business, and I find it is perfect for start-ups as it is forgiving and simple to use. The features which allow users to drill down into each transaction and find and correct mistakes are particularly useful for when small business owners are inevitably on a learning curve. I have always received positive feedback about QuickBooks from my clients.”
Cloud accounting is the future
“My clients’ diversity and the scope of services which I provide require a comprehensive use of QuickBooks and I am therefore able to provide extensive training and support. I am currently promoting the cloud-based QuickBooks Online with new clients as I believe that cloud accounting is the future for start-up businesses, particularly those who are regularly away from their base.
“The cloud offers so many additional benefits in terms of flexibility, time saving and access via smartphones and tablets, which are now making cloud accounting a significant part of the business process.”