About

 

 

Sara-Jayne SlocombeDo you wish you understood how to use your data to make decisions more confidently? That’s what I’m here to help with.

Hi, I’m Sara-Jayne Slocombe. I help you know and understand your small business’ numbers.

My mission is to help you run a profitable, enjoyable business doing what you love by providing insights into your most pressing questions by analysing your data.

When you can understand what the data is telling you, you can harness that power to make better decisions about pricing your products, launching new products, changing direction, and so much more.

Running your own business can be a scary thing sometimes, with many of us relying only on our gut. It is important to listen to your intuition, but life is much easier when you have data to guide you.

I bring my degree in mathematics and my training in data science to your business to help you see the big picture patterns and understand the music of the numbers in a different way. I straddle the worlds of detail and the big picture view, and I keep a holistic view of your business and your life in mind to help you get your business where you want it to be.

I’m a mathematician, business insights consultant, qualified bookkeeper, numberphile, wife, volunteer, immigrant, lapsed musician (clarinet and baritone saxophone), stationery fanatic, eternal student, cook, baker, and much more. I look forward to meeting you!

Sara Jayne Slocombe

Success Story

Bonus £18k found

Imagine finding £18k down the back of the couch.

What would you do with it?

My client hired their first employee after I did just that for them.

I was able to bring in an extra £18,355 of revenue after simply checking their cash receipts against their invoices. Because no one had been checking this, the client hadn’t realised they were owed this money.

That was a 19% increase in annual income that year.

For work they’d already done.

We’re drowning in numbers and data; it’s vital to know which to pay attention to.

Their bookkeeper had prided herself that everything always matched to the penny. 

It did.

However, she never thought to check whether their customers were actually paying their invoices. 

It can really add up over the years.

Are you checking the right numbers? I’d love to help you find out.

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Revenue Increase

What my clients say

Positive: Professionalism, Responsiveness
When you worked with us I saw our organisation become more professional, efficient and effective. It was really great being walked through my technical problems. So helpful and patient.

Daniel Weaver Todmorden Therapy
Daniel Weaver

I’ve found this Basic Bookkeeping spreadsheet so useful, it’s a great resource especially for someone like me who is number phobic and beyond clueless with excel!

Kathryn Harrison Handmade Harrison
Kathryn Harrison

Anyone who has ever had eureka moments will want to be in a mastermind that’s built the way Sara-Jayne structures them. It can take a little group of creatives in various iterations of a business-orientated world and give them a well-rounded perspective that helps clarify what they can do, and how they can set about to do it.

It doesn’t demand, but it reveals. It empowers, because there is something reassuring about bouncing ideas around with contemporaries who inhabit different worlds but utilise the same business philosophy, principles, and standards. More self-employed people need this as part of their strategising — I certainly benefit from it.

Maria Tabasuares Stand Tall Improv CIC
Maria Tabasuares

Before I worked with you, I would do my books on the dreaded January. It was the only time I would look at money. I would get very stressed. Obviously you don’t know how you’re doing, do you? You don’t know how profitable you are. You don’t know about any of your products: are they making money?

For someone like me who completely buries their head, it was a really big thing to get my head around. It was quite monumental to realise I’m actually earning money because I don’t feel like I’m earning money. Actually looking at the books, I’m actually earning quite a bit of money.

Having you there to encourage me to face it led was just incredible.

The experience was transformational. Purely because it has completely transformed my business. Every aspect. I get a lot of copycats. Now, when they’re undercutting me, I know they’re making a loss. So it’s given me a lot of confidence to let people copy me. At the end of the day, I know the figures because we’ve been through it together. I want a business that’s going to last and not put me in debt. That’s not what business is about; it’s an energy exchange. I have so much confidence now.

I know what I can afford to do now. I can actually sit there like a businessperson and say, ‘That was not a financially safe thing to do. Don’t do it again!’

Going out and doing talks knowing that I can help other business owners, knowing that I am profitable. Knowing the figures so I can grow the profit.

Niki Swinson Magikal Echoes
Niki Swinson

Thank you so much for presenting your masterclass to my group, it was so valuable hearing how to think a bit differently about the categories of sales in a business and to use that information to help improve profitability. It’s something that I think is so valuable and that business owners of all types should embrace! Your knowledge and insights were excellent and super useful.

Sara Jones

Credentials

When your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. This is why I am delighted to bring a wide background to your business so that we can find the right tool for you. It’s also why I continually invest time and money into broadening my skills to better serve you. My qualifications include:

Sara-Jayne Slocombe
Xero Certified Advisor Badge
QuickBooks Advanced Certified ProAdvisor
Making Tax Digital Pro Advisor QuickBooks Badge
Sage
FreshBooks Certified Badge

What I do best

Details

My keen eye for detail means that discrepancies are found quickly and sorted to your advantage now, when it can benefit you most.

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Clarity

I’ll break down the information for you so that it makes sense and you feel confident. All questions are welcome; no one is born knowing this stuff!

Big Picture

I step back and look at the big picture frequently, to make sure we’re both working effectively towards your success.