Clear Books interviews Andy Maitland of Maitland Limited Chartered Accountants. It’s always great to catch up with our partners to learn what makes their practice successful.
Name & Company
Andy Maitland, Maitland Limited Chartered Accountants
Who are you and what is it you do?
Founder and Accountant, practice management, company development and business advice
How long have you been using Clear Books and how did you come across the software?
Since April 2014 following a detailed review of online accounting software
Why did you decide to become an accountant?
Reasonable at maths and obtaining a professional qualification and not a university degree won the day
What makes you different from other accountants?
Forward-thinking, approachable, proactive, fixed price fees
What kind of clients do you cater for?
A whole range. However we specialise in looking after consultants, contractors and freelancers
What added value do you bring to your clients?
Easy online accounting – we have a special in-house system which minimises our clients levels of admin
What’s the one top tip you’d give to someone thinking about starting up a business?
Hire a great accountant!
What’s the one top tip you’d give to someone who’s moving from start up phase to growth phase?
Controlled growth with a clear business plan is most likely to succeed
What’s the best thing about what you do?
Meeting lots of amazingly talented people
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
What’s the next client you want to on-board?
A one-person limited company consultant please
What are your interests outside of the accounting world?
Holidays, travelling, visiting places of interest, eating out at nice restaurants, fishing and Portsmouth Football Club……not necessarily in that order!
What will you be doing as soon as you’ve finished answering these questions?
Reviewing some clients draft VAT returns