Seven years ago I was the manager of a bookkeeping practice. I’d dreamed of having my own business one day but my excitement and passion was long gone.

In 2010 I quit my bookkeeping career forever

I travelled the world for almost four while trying to decide on a new career. Leading up to my resignation, through my whole career, if you weren’t on MYOB I wouldn’t bother working with you.

When people had started to talk about Xero and the “cloud.” I was skeptical.

I started a free trial of Xero Accounting Software

When I first tired it I thought “What on earth is this?” The layout and navigation was unfamiliar.

In 2014 after my travels I decided to do something that went against the “bookkeeper grain”. I bought a Mac! I still didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life so I considered trying to do something more creative, otherwise I would have to start bookkeeping again.

“MYOB on a Mac isn’t as good as on a PC…I wonder what that Xero software is all about,” I thought.

By this stage the cloud was very well known and trusted, everyone was using it; so I started a free 30 day trial of Xero.

My first reaction was “this is fun!” and my second reaction was “it’s so easy to use! Maybe I will get back into bookkeeping after all. With this kind of software I can be creative and do bookkeeping at the same time.”

My passion was renewed: I started my bookkeeping business

New possibilities appeared ahead of me as I thought “Maybe I can start my own business.” That was something I always dreamed of doing. It was decided; I applied to become a BAS Agent.

Six years later that little spark of hope I had has turned into an accounting, bookkeeping and consulting practice: Off The Hook Bookkeeping (based in Blackburn, Melbourne east).

We have been Certified Xero Partners since the beginning. We have a small, growing team. We have vision to help our business owners who are experts in their field, and positioned for success to do meaningful work. We also help them to get organised and run a paperless office. 

And we are all about results: increase profit, cut costs, and smash goals.

We are passionate about helping owners of established or growing SMEs to lay a great foundation for their business (a reliable bookkeeping system). The best part helping them get out of a mess or achieve their financial and business goals.

Work is meaningful again

Running a business with purpose means it’s not just a job; it’s actually fun!

We have strategically decided to be a “Xero Only Practice”. Some bookkeepers think offering multiple software will attract more business. That may be the case if you’re a small sole trader with a handful of clients. But as business grows multiple software packages can be a time-sink.

We believe our resources are better spent looking after clients than juggling accounting software. We allocate some of this time that would be otherwise wasted to gaining a deeper understanding of Xero add-ons such as Receipt Bank. Or other cloud software like PandaDoc. This allows to customise and automate our clients business.

We are a full service bookkeeping and accounting practice, which means we don’t work with clients who still want to do their own bookkeeping (except for sales invoicing).

We work as your “accounting crew”. Our vision is to help you to eventually establish your own team. (If that’s what you want!)
Essentially, we come in and work as your “accounting crew”. We’ll take a look at what you want, and help you achieve YOUR vision. Maybe that means building your team, creating a financial strategy, or streamlining your bookkeeping.
Whatever it means for you and your business, we’re here to help. We’ll build your foundations and fill your bookkeeping gap until you need an in-house accountant or bookkeeper.
While we’re waiting, we set up all your systems and processes, and facilitate the handover to your permanent staff when the time.
That said, if your business model is based on a virtual outsourced accounting team, we can develop a long-term working relationship with you and your time.

Our clients love Xero because it helps us do our job to the very best of our ability, and we have all the support and training we need from Xero.

We love Xero

There are many reasons for giving the thumbs up for Xero Accounting Software. But most importantly because it’s the catalyst for a whole new career.

I promise, you’re going to love Xero, and if you’re an expert in your field, positioned for growth and laser-focused on doing work that matters… and if you want ROI on your virtual bookkeeping service: we’d love to be a part of your crew and help you increase income, cut costs and smash business goals.

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Amy Hooke