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ONTRACK BOOK-KEEPING

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Name - Di Crawford-Errington

Business name and when it was established

Ontrack Bookkeeping Ltd. My business was established in 2003, with the company starting in 2005.

Describe your business

We offer a unique bookkeeping service that can be tailored to suit any size business. We take the stress out of keeping your books Ontrack by developing and managing a solution that suits the business best. We are Solution Providers and Certified Advisors and helping small Business’s succeed is our passion.

What has been your biggest business challenge over the past year, and how are you tackling it?

Managing growth has been my biggest challenge. We started 2015 with five of us on board and have since added three new team members, so planning training and supporting them was a challenge. We created ‘teams’ within the business with each team supporting and training and each other which took the pressure off me trying to manage this for everyone. Also having some strong administration focused staff has been key to the success of managing our workflows.

What do you do in your leisure time?

I’m a traveller, explorer and adventurer. Our Jayco caravan is our beach house. Our home doesn’t change but the beach we are parked at does. I love getting away from the hustle of life and exploring our country.. I must say I also love exploring the world too.

What awards or accolades are you most proud of?

In 2007 I entered into the Westpac Business Awards and won the Professional Services Award. This was a huge win for a small four year old business and a real pivotal point in our history. Nine years on and I was extremely honoured to have been awarded the Bookkeeping Trainer of the year award at the NZ Bookkeepers conference. This award was amazing to win, being it is the inaugural Gayle Buchanan Memorial Trophy. Gayle was hugely influential in the bookkeeping space, connecting and training people nationally and internationally. Gayle was also a dear friend who passed away far too young last year. This award is the Associations way of honoring Gayle and the contribution she made to the industry. .

What community or charity initiatives do you currently support?

Currently I am the Treasurer of Dress for Success Northland Inc. I love what DFS do supporting women to get back into workforce and have been privileged to be able to support this organisation for the last few years. I am also the Treasurer of the NZ Bookkeepers Association. I really enjoy working with this organisation to support educate and lift the standards of the bookkeeping profession in NZ. We are doing great things in this space nationally and am proud to be involved.

What is your proudest moment?

Wow I have had a huge amount of very proud moments, as you do when you have children. I’m extremely proud of the wonderful young women my daughters have become. Outside of that, I would have to say having the guts to start a business when I did would be one of the things I am proudest of. Backing myself to take the risk I did, I wouldn’t change it for anything.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

Now that would be telling.

What was your first job?

My first official paying job was delivering papers on my pushbike in my hometown of Hikurangi. I recall I earnt about $11 a week, and probably spent most of it on lollies. I must have saved some of it as I purchased my first ‘stereo’ with this money. I recall working in the dairy there as well as the takeaway shop through my school years.

What is the strangest thing you have ever bought?

A yellowy-green Daihatsu Materia that looked like Shrek from Whakatane.…. It was a great company car.

If you could be anyone else, who would you be, and why?

I cant answer this one, there is no one else I would like to be. I spent years figuring out who I was, I kinda like who that is..

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