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Members' Start-up Secrets - AMY JOHNSTON

This week, we are shining the spotlight on AMY JOHNSTON of David Allen Accountants

We asked Amy to tell us about her work with the Accountancy firm, David Allen.  Here's what she said:

First of all, Amy, tell me about David Allen Accountants:
I work for David Allen Accountants - I manage the Workington office and look after a wide variety of clients.

Who would you like to get to know through networking?
I enjoy providing advice to small business owners, in order to help their business reach their full potential.

What do you consider to be the benefits of being part of a networking group?
I love meeting new people and bouncing ideas off each other.

What has been your driving force over the last year?
We have been expanding out Workington office and I am starting to see the rewards of all my hard work.  Setting a realistic goal that I have achieved has kept me motivated.

What's been the secret to your journey so far?
Time off!  Honestly, it is my first piece of advice to anybody!  No matter how much you enjoy something, if you don't plan time out, you will end up getting sick of it.

Who made the biggest impression on you when starting your business?
I am not self-employed but, from a professional point of view, my Gran has got be my biggest motivation.  She doesn't get stressed, just gets on with the job and never has a bad word to say about anybody.  She is also the reason I am now an Accountant as she has done the job for over 40 years.

And finally...what one piece of advice would you pass on to those considering starting their own business?
Plan - and don't expect to reap the rewards instantly.  Starting your own business is a lot of hard work and it can take several months before you begin to turn a profit.  Be prepared for this or you can be really disheartened at the first hurdle.