Girl power helps grow local business
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.