Girl power helps grow local busi­ness

Northern Outlook - - WHAT’S ON - EMMA DANGER­FIELD

It is very much a case of girl power for one Ran­giora busi­ness, North Can­ter­bury Book­keep­ing owner Nerissa Moore could not be hap­pier.

Be­com­ing a mum at a young age to Emelia, now a 19 year old spe­cial olympian. Nerissa by her own ad­mis­sion was not in­ter­ested in aca­demic life un­til she was a lit­tle older, when she took up ac­coun­tancy train­ing as a young mum.

Nerissa was the trea­surer for the North Can­ter­bury spe­cial olympics team be­fore start­ing up her own book­keep­ing busi­ness three years ago.

It all came about af­ter she moved to Ran­giora and was ap­proached by some­one ask­ing for help with their ac­counts.

‘‘I thought ‘maybe I can just start some­thing up dur­ing school hours’. It just grew from there. I didn’t re­ally do any­thing but one day the phone just start­ing ringing all day.’’

Now she has gone from a ner­vous busi­ness owner to deal­ing con­fi­dently with re­spected busi­ness­peo­ple, pre­dom­i­nantly male, who she was pre­vi­ously daunted by.

‘‘It’s amaz­ing — they ac­tu­ally lis­ten to me. It’s give me so much more con­fi­dence.’’

As her client base grew, Nerissa de­cided she would need to bing in some­one else to help with the work­load.

‘‘I em­ployed Jess be­cause she has small kids and wanted to work school hours which I wanted to sup­port. I feel very strongly about mov­ing with the times.’’

A third woman is in­te­gral to the home-based busi­ness — Nerissa’s mum, Natalie. She comes in from Christchurch ev­ery day to look af­ter Nerissa’s youngest, 17-month old Paige. She also car­ries out ad­min er­rands such as fil­ing and bank­ing.

‘‘She has sup­ported me fully in be­com­ing the busi­ness owner that I am to­day, with­out her, yes it would have been still pos­si­ble, but it would have also been a lot harder.’’

As well as the con­fi­dence boost, Nerissa says she has been proud to prove what can be done, even as a busy mother.

‘‘You can be a work­ing mum and have your own busi­ness and still achieve some­thing. I’ve got so much more to go but I re­ally feel like I’ve done the right thing.’’

Narissa Moore, cen­tre, set up her own book­keep­ing busi­ness which she runs from home with the help of her mum, Natalie, and her one staff mem­ber, Jess Pick­er­ing.

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