What a week! I always feel glad when the girls are back to school after the summer holidays. As much as I love spending time with them, any form of routine goes out of the window and I always feel like I’m playing catch up or do it later.
The girls made a big list of all the things they wanted to do over the summer as did I (mainly involving homework and chores!). We did just about half the things on the girls list and possibly three or four days of homework and chores from my list. Plus on top of that I had plans to paint the dining room with the girls helping me out. It was quite ambitious in the first place and today, two days after they have gone back to school, I got around to buying sample paints.
Also, this week my ACCA desktop compliance review was completed which even though I’m not doing very much work with my practice, it was good to know that the little work I do do was ok. I did have to increase my insurance liability. They way it is calculated meant that if someone sued me, I wouldn’t have enough to cover. I also had to pay the full time practicing fee rather than the part time fee I had been paying. I just hadn’t got round to checking what the part time income limits are - I was just being lazy but apart from that, everything else was ok.
I also went to an interview this week. I’ve got good experience but after working for myself for so long, some of my technical skills are a bit rusty and in need of an update. This makes it quite hard when they ask what salary are you looking for.
Plus, I unexpectedly had a half hour written test before the interview. I felt like googling some of the questions because I was in the room alone but it still felt like cheating so I didn’t. And I didn’t get to finish it anyway but the did say they weren’t expecting me to finish it. Then they talked through my CV, which I think was ok.
Finally it was the whole talk of part time work etc. They seemed fine about it, saying they already had staff that worked part time, but I always feel a bit guilty asking and talking about part time work. I have a funny feeling it didn’t go that well but it was a good experience for any future interviews and what I should swat up on.
I’ve got a few accounts I need to get up to date and a couple of writing pieces which should be easier to do, now the girls are at school. This company said they will get back to me after a week but I think I will start looking for more work anyway. Also, I might have one more potential interview but I'm waiting to hear back from them.
About A mum and an accountant
Attempting to be an amazing accountant and an amazing mum, somehow combine the two and meet somewhere in the middle but currently failing at both. Hoping that in a few years I will have found something I enjoy doing or found some sort of work life balance and will be in a less stressed out place but until then, or as I get there, I think I will vent all my frustrations out on these blogs! And the responses I've had to the blogs have been quite nice which spurs me on to keep going.