Meet the Cloud-Bookkeeper: Anita Nadeau

Bookkeeping
Author: Sean Duffy  -  Published: 13/04/2021

“If you are going through hell, keep going”, said Winston Churchill. The same mantra applies to bookkeeping, says Anita Nadeau. “You have to keep going, you have to stay focused on the big picture”, she adds. This inspirational quote has led her to pursue multiple career paths, from being an entrepreneur to helping other business owners with their finances as a bookkeeper. She has been working as such for the past 30 years and is dedicated to supporting other bookkeepers and helping them achieve success.

When asked how she feels about her job, Anita replied, "I really enjoy what I do as a bookkeeper because I am very analytical and love numbers." Also, she said that she is very proud of the work that she has accomplished. “I love seeing all the hard work paying off for my clients”, Anita says.

Let's meet Anita:

#1 - What's your earliest childhood memory?

Dancing with my brother to “A Hard Day’s Night” by the Beatles.

#2 - What's your favorite book?

Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. I enjoy the political aspect of the play and how it could be interpreted today.

#3 - What's your TV Series?

The Crown because it depicts the lives of the British Royal Family during their prime and it's very interesting to see how their political and personal lives intertwined.

#4 - What's your favorite drink?

A Malbec with a steak dinner.

#5 - What are some of your hobbies/interests?

I am an avid reader and love to hear other stories. I also love to be around people, so being a bookkeeper has helped me meet all kinds of people from all walks of life.

#6 - What's your favorite thing to do in your free time?

Coffee shop hopping! I just love finding a great place to work on my laptop and enjoy a relaxing cup of joe.

#7 - What was your favorite subject in school?

English and I’m still a bookworm.

#8 - What do you think is the most underrated virtue?

Honesty.

#9 - What’s one thing most people don’t know about your job?

Bookkeeping really is a “people’s job”. You have to be patient and enjoy helping people. I love meeting new people and that's one of the perks of what I do.

#10 - What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

I am a huge believer in the saying “work smarter, not harder”. That being said, I must also say that you have to stay on top of your accounting and bookkeeping. It is essential to monitor your income and expenses on a weekly basis to make sure that you are not over or losing money. Also, I think it's important to read through your tax documents at least once a year to make sure that all the information is accurate, especially given our current tax laws.

#11 - Why is bookkeeping important for small business?

Bookkeeping is an essential part of a small business. The bookkeeper keeps track of all the finances of the company and ensures that all transactions are correct. Without good records, it is difficult to prove that you have stayed within budget or exactly what your expenses are. A good bookkeeper helps make sure that the business has the tools and resources it needs to be successful.

#12 - What's your work routine like?

This varies depending on the job, but in general I try to get to my work every day at 8:30 AM so I can have a productive day starting out.

#13 - What's your favorite thing about working at Elevate by Welch?

Elevate is the most positive, inclusive company I’ve ever worked for. The environment is friendly and accepting. I can be myself and that makes me a better bookkeeper.

#14 - What are some skills every bookkeeper should master?

I think they should be able to do basic math and have a sense of urgency. There may be urgent needs that come up during the course of a day that end up delaying your schedule and can throw you behind. So being able to handle these challenges is imperative.

Let's finish it off on a light note:

#15 - What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten?

Haggis and Blood pudding pizza, delicious.

#16 - Who was your first celebrity crush?

Captain Scarlet (but not the Mysterons).

#17 - If you had a magic ring, what would be your first wish?

I’d wish for world peace. There is no easy way to do this and I know it’s not going to happen overnight, but it does help to start small and get people at least talking about solutions.

#18 - Where are your favorite places to visit?

Alaska is my favourite place in the world. It’s a very special place. The best way I can describe it is that once you set foot on the ground there, you never want to leave; and it sets such a wonderful energy that it makes me feel alive.

#19 - And finally, which superpower would you want?

Time travel because then we wouldn’t be stuck in the same loop and I could travel the world a little more, actually get my hands dirty and bring meaningful change.

Bookkeepers are the unsung heroes of businesses, yet they are always present and look out for their clients best interests. They look at numbers not with dollar signs attached but with numbers not as just a source of income or profit margin, but as an important way to measure how we live our lives.

Elevate by Welch is committed to providing bookkeeping solutions for businesses throughout Canada.

With these insights into Anita's world, we hope you get a taste of who she is and the enthusiasm she brings to her work. The best way to get in touch with Anita is emailing her here anadeau@welchllp.com

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