I run my own business – Chantal from Smart choice accounting

I met Chantal through twitter a while back and she has become a real TGF warrior, she collects donations, makes blankets etc. She also runs TWO of her own businesses and is a mum of THREE!! Read here what she has to say about running her own business.

Name : Chantal le Roux

Business name and website : Smart-choice accounting CC www.smartchoice.co.za Toppie’s Brewing Co www.tbco.co.za

Brief description of business : Accounting and tax consultancy and Home brew shop – selling craft beer making supplies and equipment

Since when have you run your own business : Smart-choice since March 2009 and Toppie’s since 2014

Why is it better than working for a boss : It is, and it isn’t. It’s more stressful financially as you have to make sure everyone pays you, but the quality time spent with family and quality of life makes up for it

Thing you enjoy most each day : No traffic

Thing you enjoy least each day : Not much – I like my job

Advice for people starting their own business :

I once read somewhere

“Entrepreneurship: Living a few years of your life the way others won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life the way others can’t.” This is true, it’s hard at first, but the rewards are endless.

Top three things you have learnt from having your own business :

  1. You are worth a lot more than you think – charge your time accordingly
  2. Don’t let people take you for a ride, or believe empty promises, no pay – no work
  3. Balance is key – when it’s your own business it’s very hard to stop working. Stop working you deserve a weekend too.
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