We sat down with Pat Mannix from Cotchy.com.au to get the lowdown on Cotchy – a platform that specialises in servicing the accounting needs of micro and small businesses.
Was a career in business always on the cards?
No, I started as an accountant but dealt with so many small businesses and then saw how much fun they were having and all the challenges as well. That’s when I caught the bug too. Plus, my father is a small business person too.
Did you always have a passion for numeracy? Earliest mathematical memory?
I was an average student, but maths is my strong point and then once into accounting and tax I really enjoy it. I vividly recall getting excited in Year 11 Accounting about debits equalling credits
What was the inspiration to launch Cotchy?
The financial recording pain points of running a small business have dropped considerably in the last 10 years due to cloud based software, the internet and video chats such as zoom. I realised I could take on a new client anywhere in Australia and run their whole books, BAS and tax for them at a low cost based on the new technology. This has been exciting and great value
Explain Cotchy to the uninitiated…
We run clients bookkeeping/BAS/Tax on our platform starting at $100 per month all over Australia.
How can Cotchy help small businesses?
Everything is in one place for a low monthly price, and we offer full bookkeeping and tax support as part of that monthly fee. No hidden charges or hourly rates
You’ve got a free half-hour during your workday. What do you do?
Go for a walk. The lockdowns in Melbourne have helped in a bizarre way to slow down and go for a stroll thinking about nothing in particular.
What’s the biggest thing you’ve learned this year?
To go for a stroll during the day thinking about nothing in particular.
What’s the best bit of feedback you’ve ever had?
Don’t bet the farm.
What’s the one resource you’d never be without?
What’s the biggest challenge you face at work?
Having enough time to get all the work completed.
What’s the best thing about being a soloist? And the worst thing?
Best Thing – You are your own boss
Worst Thing – Workload.
What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve ever been given?
Do what you say.
Where and when do you have your best ideas?
Strolling during the day thinking about nothing in particular.
What would be your advice to aspiring soloists?
Get out, do it and do it your way.
What would your family say is your greatest strength? And weakness?
Strength – working with people.
Weakness – Away with the Fairies.
What’s one thing about you few people know?
I can walk on my hands.
What is the one regret you do not want to have in this lifetime?
I should have done something that was there to do but I didn’t do it.
What inspires you most about your work?
Helping people make their business easier to manage and analyse with their financials and tax
Where can we find out more?
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