Escape Bookkeeping was formed by Jenny Hargreaves in 2013 following a career in the financial services industry spanning more than 25 years. When starting her own business Jen tried and tested many accounting systems and quickly realised that Xero accounting software was the best fit for her business and could make a huge difference for small businesses more generally. She recognised that the technology of Xero and other integrated cloud-based software could actually make life a lot easier for many small business owners in so many practical ways. Finally, small businesses owners can access accounting software that is simple to use, can be helpful for relieving some stress and ultimately to improve the financial management of small businesses here and now, rather than just report on it at the end of each financial year.
Xero Certified Advisor + Payroll Specialist
Jen is a Xero Certified Partner and calls herself a ‘Xero Enthusiast’! She has a passion for the software because ‘for too long, small businesses have been stuck with cumbersome and out-dated accounting software. That might suit some people but it does little to make life and business any easier for the person who is paying for the software and the service – that is, the business owner‘.
Nationally Recognised Qualifications
Jen’s credentials include: Registered BAS Agent, Dual Qualification Certificate IV in Accounting and Certificate IV in Bookkeeping and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She also has a Bachelor of Psychological Science which comes in really handy when her clients have a bad day at the office. Jen is a voting member of the Australian Bookkeeping Association, the Australian Bookkeepers Network and is happy to attend any business functions that offer good coffee. She blends her human behaviour insights and financial services experience with plenty of humour and brings it to the world of online accounting. ‘Without people, there is no business.’
As part of the thriving and exciting world of online businesses, Jen is not stuck in the traditional ways of ‘bookkeepers past’, she embraces cloud-based computing and finds it near impossible to resist a good webinar. She is always on the lookout for new ideas and technologies that will assist her clients to continue keeping ahead of their competitors, and, to find more time savings in their businesses. Jen has an insatiable thirst for learning and continuing education is ‘par for the course’every day. Jen knows that early adopters of cloud technology will reap the rewards and she encourages all business owners to be open to challenging and changing the way they’ve traditionally managed their businesses.
‘When you want to move forward in business, have the courage to think freely, back yourself and surround yourself with other forward thinking people’.
Professional Indemnity Insurance
Escape Bookkeeping holds Professional Indemnity Insurance not just to cover our own butts, but also to give our clients peace of mind in the event of unforeseen human errors. We are committed to ongoing professional development to keep our industry knowledge up to date to serve the best interests of our clients.