Tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Deven Nahar and I work as a Regulatory Country Strategist.
What prompted the decision for you to begin contracting?
Coming out of university, I found it hard to get a full time job within the pharmaceutical industry. The only entry route was to take short three month contracts which later got extended. This allowed me to build up experience and really boost my CV.
What do you enjoy most about being a contractor?
I enjoy having the flexibility to move into different fields, work in different parts of the UK and expand my horizons. The rates are great too. Now that I have been exposed to the world of contracting here in the UK, you never know, my next move might be abroad!
What were the typical challenges that you faced managing your finances as a contractor?
When I first started contracting I was operating under an umbrella company, which meant I didn’t see much income. While I understand that it’s not always about money, your work needs to be rewarding for you to enjoy it. It was at that point that I was introduced to setting up as a limited company, which I have to admit I found really daunting. I am not as great with numbers as I’d like to be so I had no idea where to start in terms of managing my finances.
What was the trigger point that led you to decide you wanted to enlist the help of an accountant?
When I considered all the work that needs to be put into maintaining a limited company, I knew I was out of my depth so had to look for support. I also wanted more time to focus on my career.
Why did you choose KPMG Small Business Accounting?
I chose KPMG Small Business Accounting as my accountant at the time moved to KPMG. As we’d already built up a great working rapport I wanted to continue to work with her so I did some research into the service. I was able to quickly see that KPMG is a market leader within the accountancy space and that the service came with some great additional technology. I wasted no time in signing up.
What benefits have you seen?
Working with KPMG Small Business Accounting has made my life so much easier. The invoicing software and applications like Receipt Bank all contribute towards keeping my finances in order and up to date. Having handed everything over to my accountant, all I do is take my money out of my business account. It makes being the director of a limited company, that much easier.
In what way(s) has KPMG Small Business Accounting added value to you?
The service provided by KPMG Small Business Accounting and the software that comes with that helps me to remain efficient, whilst looking very professional.
How has the reality of working with KPMG compared with your expectations?
I thought I would have to do so much more to keep my finances in order, but leaving everything in the capable hands of my accountant means that I can focus on taking on new and exciting projects and not worrying about things like my tax returns. I really appreciate how simple and easy my accountant has made things for me.
What are your next steps with KPMG Small Business Accounting?
Given the quality of service I have received so far, I will simply be staying with KPMG until I stop contracting, which from the looks of things will be a long time.
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