Lee Aquilina is looking forward to being a presenter for the Women in Business Regional Network later this year in McLaren Vale.
With a background in administration, Lee is based at Seaford and founded Bookkeeping & Administration Services.
You can read her profile below:
Name: Lee Aquilina
Business Name: Bookkeeping & Administration Services
Phone: 0407 889 778
Address: 63 Mast Avenue Seaford Meadows 5169
What does your business do? As the name suggests we do Bookkeeping and Administration Services for small to medium size business including:
- Bookkeeping Services BAS Services
- Payroll including Single Touch Payroll
- Bank Reconciliations
- Quarterly Reports
- HR Support
- Superannuation lodgement
- Return to WorkSA registrations and relevant reconciliations
- Staff Mentoring/Training
- Debtor and Creditor Control
- ASIC & ATO documentation
- Systems setup for new or existing business
- On or Offsite Services
- Installation of required Accounting Software
What area do you serve? All areas except north of Adelaide
How long have you been in business? 10 years
Did you found the business? Yes.
Up to 5 dot points about your business journey:
- When I was employed I found myself in administration roles but it always seemed that I was attracted to the financial side of a business and the day to day running of it.
- I have been a ‘bookkeeper’ for more years than I care to remember, first starting out as an employed bookkeeper and then in 2009 I took the leap and started my own bookkeeping business. I started with just me and have now expanded to include six in my team
- I started as a home office and have now expanded into an office just for the business
- When legislation came in in 2009, just after I started my business, that accountants and bookkeepers must become tax/BAS Agents to provide paid bookkeeping duties, I wasn’t happy as you had to then undergo formal training. It meant I had to pay $3,000+ to gain a Certificate IV in Financial Services to formalise what I already knew. It just seemed all so unnecessary. I was so wrong. What the registration has done for my industry is, legitimise us. This legislation has weeded out the ‘backyarders’ and left the industry with people who are educated and continue to educate themselves, thus providing a quality service to our clients within the legislation of the ATO. This is good for all business.
- I love helping small to medium size business with their bookkeeping needs. It gives me a great sense of satisfaction to be able to assist someone with their business and help them grow.
Name two things you’ve learned from your business journey
- You have to like what you do and keep reminding yourself why you are doing it as running your own business is very hard work.
- Surround yourself with people who are just as passionate about what they do as you
Why did you join the Women in Business Network? My business ethos is to support women in the workforce. In many ways women in the workforce face challenges that some men do not and I want to be part of supporting women in the workforce. I want to also network, meet like-minded people, share the ups and downs of owning a business and source and provide information to other women in business.