Software Set-Up & Education

If you’re not quite ready to outsource, my Done-With-You service will help you get started keeping your business numbers on accounting software like QuickBooks or Xero.

Software Education

What can be included?

  • Finding the best software for your business’ needs based on other software you’re already using, as well as what works best for you personally.
  • Lightening your load by automating as much of the data entry as possible. We’ll integrate your accounting software with your bank and sales channels.
  • Configuring the settings and preferences just the way you need them.
  • Saving you time in the future by setting up email templates for invoicing, reminders, and more.
  • A 3-month education programme designed to get you started off on the right foot with your new system, answering the questions that are bound to come up along the way.
  • Lighten you load by letting me enter your past few months’ transactions to get you up to date.
  • A holistic review of your business and systems, with recommendations for systemising your paperwork and processes going forward.
  • All your questions answered as they arise. The only stupid question is the one you don’t ask.

3-month Education Programme

What’s included?

Up to 12 weekly or fortnightly 1-hour Zoom training calls, covering:

  • How to find your way around the app
  • How to enter data
  • How to understand your reports
  • Tips & tricks
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Different business owners have different needs and wants. We’ll talk through your needs, wants, and goals, and find the right combination of services for you, mixing and matching only what you need. To give you an idea, below are some example packages.

Sound perfect for you?

Why Amethyst Raccoon?

More than Numbers

I love to create: I sew, I play the clarinet, I’ve just gotten a pyrography kit to start on, I enjoy making cards occasionally. It’s not a strong enough suit for me to make a living at it, but I know what it is to create.

I’m a mathematician, a qualified bookkeeper, and generally very gifted at spotting connections. These are my biggest strengths, and I want to use it to help you excel at your strengths.

I want numbers to be available to inform every business owner, even the brand new sole trader. But I know that there is more to life than numbers, and I will prompt you to do what feels right to you, rather than blindly following the numbers.

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What my clients say

I have worked with Sara-Jayne for a few years & she is an amazing supportive person who supported me so patiently in our previous roles. I continually contacted Sara-Jayne requesting support and she was very efficient and effective in her support and an amazing personality. Sara-Jayne is very approachable and nothing was too much of a problem. Thanks for everything, Wayne

Wayne McConnell Hands to Communicate
Wayne McConnell

I worked with Sara-Jayne on creating new initiatives for improving the on-line structure of a charity organisation. I’ve been more than impressed by her ability to quickly understand a problem and create easily achievable answers. She is approachable at any stage of the design process, quickly producing prototypes which are close or ready for production.

David Gibbons MBACP Liber8 Counselling Services Ltd
David Gibbons MBACP

Her expertise and ability to demonstrate her scale of knowledge in order that the customer would understand was invaluable. She encouraged and patiently ensured that our workforce could get on board with new applications. She could explain our new support system with such ease and in easy to understand terminology.

Rosey Bennett Counsellor
Rosey Bennett

Sara-Jayne is impressively competent and professional. She takes the time to explain your options and will organise your books like a dream. Invaluable. Can’t recommend enough.

Dr Emma Fowler 
Dr Emma Fowler

I worked with Sara-Jayne for several months on a project for a charity, and I was extremely impressed both by her technical skills, and by her ability to understand the issues behind a question. Several times, I asked her if A or B might be possible, and I always received really helpful, insightful responses, which often went beyond the original question and showed deep understanding of what was actually needed. I have absolutely no reservations in recommending Sara-Jayne – she is brilliant.

Nick Rosenthal Salford Translations Ltd
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Free Resources

I’m passionate about helping makers thrive no matter what your budget or where you are on their business journey, so I’ve created several free resources to help you. Please check them out.

Save Yourself Time

Read my guide to 5 mistakes you’re making with your bookkeeping – save yourself time, money, and energy!

Facebook group

Join a community of makers & artisans who get what you’re going through – and get bookkeeping tips, too!

More free resources

There are training videos, a blog, calculators, and more to help you become more profitable doing what you love.

Other ways to work with me

These Software Education packages won’t be the right fit for everyone at every time.

  • You might be too time-poor to learn a new way of working, so my Done-For-You Bookkeeping Services would appeal more.
  • Or you might not be far enough in your business journey to see the value in accounting software yet, in which case a Power Hour might be what you need to see how to harness the numbers.

Let’s work together so your business can thrive when you understand your numbers and what they can do for you!

Bookkeeping Services

This Done-For-You service takes the hassle off your hands. Regular meetings to talk through how you’re doing, plus crunching the numbers on ideas before you commit.

From £75/mo.

Power Hour

Are you stuck on something? Need a hand with the tech for your bookkeeping? Want some quick help understanding your reports? Then this is for you.

Only £99.

For when you're ready to do more than Get By

How Can I Help You Thrive?

Amethyst Raccoon: Accounts for Artisans

Sara-Jayne Slocombe
0145 777 9111