I have been operating my bookkeeping business for the past 19 years.
Prior to July 2012 I worked for different employers in the area of finance administration and payroll and I maintained a small base of bookkeeping clients outside of that. In July 2012 I left my last employer to focus full time on my bookkeeping business.
I would describe myself as a “super nerd” and pride myself in getting it right for the client. I have been a registered BAS agent with the Tax Practitioners’ Board since March 2010 (Registered BAS agent number 26108105). I have the required bookkeeping qualification of Certificate IV in Financial Services (Accounting) and in 2013 I successfully completed my Diploma of Accounting.
The past few years have seen a lot of growth and I now lead a team of 7 who are all amazing at what they do.
We enjoy working with a variety of businesses and assure each client full focus on their bookwork while we are working for them.
These days I try to be a bit less "hands on" and more of a mentor to my team.
I will generally set up a new client and then hand the work over to one of my capable team however I am always in the background for support for both my team members and our clients.
I also need to manage my own growing business!
I am fully insured in accordance with BAS agent requirements.
I am a member of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB), Australian Bookkeepers Network & the Association of Accounting Technicians Australia (AAT).
I am a Pure Bookkeeping licensee and have been since 2021. This provides myself and my team with a myriad of resources, training. checklists and templates so we are all working in a consistent manner no matter who is working on a client file.
J Hill Books has a current membership with the Lara Chamber of Commerce.
J Hill Books is a proud BIG (Businesses Investing in Geelong) partner with local charity Give Where You Live.
J Hill Books is a proud long time sponsor of Lara United FC.
Below is a list of our most loved and utilised software.
1. Xero - I am a Xero Certified Advisor and Gold Champion Partner
This requires an annual re-test and completion of required training. This entitles to me a partner discount on Xero subscriptions as well as access to Xero’s partner plans that are unavailable to non-partners.
Microkeeper is a cloud based time keeping, roster and payroll solution created by locals to Geelong.
An approved Xero add-on.
I became a Dext Certified Partner in 2017.
Dext offers clients an easy way to submit their receipts and bills instantly via their mobile phone app or email.
This enables clients to go paperless and provides a clear audit trail.
We especially love the integration of Dext with Xero.
We also love Dext's artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities which allow us to deliver efficiencies to those clients who use it.
Canyou is a web based software we use for client and client employee onboarding.
We have also been using Canyou for PDF document signing.
Clients can use Canyou to manage some HR functions.
Our team uses Karbon as our Workflow Management tool.
Karbon allows us to work collaboratively even though we may rarely all be physically in the same space.
Karbon also allows us to work collaboratively with our clients who can also use Karbon as a tool to communicate with us because we can all do with less emails!
Nicole has a Bachelor of Business in Marketing and Retail Management and was previously a buyer for Target and a marketing and administration manager in her career pre children.
Since having a family, Nicole has been bookkeeping for a local fencing business and has been been working for J Hill Books for the past 10 years on various clients encompassing most aspects of bookkeeping within Xero, Microkeeper, Dext and Quickbooks Online.
Outside of work Nicole enjoys time with family and friends and exploring gins.
Laura has completed her Certificate IV in Bookkeeping and Accounting and has gained much experience in all aspects of bookkeeping since joining the team in 2018.
Laura is also a Xero Advisor and a BAS Agent.
Laura enjoys a great working relationship with all clients she works with and is generally the team member who is on site visiting clients.
Lauren's working history is primarily in transport, working mainly in administration & accounts.
After having her second child, Lauren was working part-time & completed a bookkeeping course to further expand her career.
Lauren has been working with Judy & the team for 2 years gaining practical experience in payroll, bank reconciliation & end of period processes.
Lauren is a highly organised person who is great at identifying & implementing efficiencies for those clients she works with.
Lauren is our practice "Karbon Champion" and our Excel guru.
Rachel is currently completing a Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping with J Hill Books.
Rachel manages the bookkeeping for her husbands business and previously worked within Admin and Payroll for 4 years.
Outside of work, Rachel enjoys spending her time reading, living in the country and loves her animals.
Kate is currently completing the admin and bookkeeping work for J Hill Books including invoicing, compliance & onboarding of new clients.
Kate has had bookkeeping experience within a family owned business and is gaining further experience with both Xero & Dext.
Kate is looking to start working towards her bookkeeping qualification over the next 12 months.
Joe is currently completing a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting at Deakin University in Geelong.
Joe is gaining valuable practical work experience using Xero, Dext, Microkeeper & Karbon through his work with J Hill Books.
Joe also works in hospitality which he enjoys.
Outside of work and university Joe plays and coaches at South Barwon Cricket Club and likes to watch his favourite NBA team the Boston Celtics as often as possible.
Rosie was born and bred in Lara. Most recently, she has been a primary school teacher in the Mallee, before returning to Lara to re-train for a new career in bookkeeping.
Rosie gained her Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping at the Gordon Institute in 2022, and is continuing with a Diploma of Accounting in 2024.
Rosie is enjoying the variety and challenges of bookkeeping, and is gradually building up a roster of regular clients.
In her spare time, Rosie’s greatest interests are reading, animals and cuddling cats. In addition to her own mini-menagerie, she fosters cats through GAWS, and generally has a cat or two “helping” her with Zoom meetings and online classes. While Rosie loves animals, she is quite happy to work with humans as well!