After a time in the Travel Industry, I spent several years working in and eventually running my own pub in the south of England. But I soon found out I preferred balancing the books instead of the beer barrels, so I went for a lifestyle change and worked for a provincial Accountants for 3 years. During that time I passed the City & Guilds Bookkeeping I & II qualifications - the highest available in the UK. However the pull of working for myself soon returned, so I merged the love of the smell of bitter and my bookkeeping skills, and started my own business looking after other landlords accounts.
Soon after, I met my husband (yet another kiwi on an extended OE) who promptly whisked me back to New Zealand, made me fall in love with the country, and we returned shortly afterwards as a family.
Julie Russell Bookkeeping has been operating in and around the North Shore since 2006, and has clients ranging from one-man-bands, to fashion designers, to retail outlets. We are a founding member of the New Zealand Bookkeepers Association; we are affiliated to Pennysworth Ltd, a training and small business mentoring company; and we are active in local business networking groups.