1. What is MDK Services?
By now you probably know that MDK Services offers bookkeeping and financial management to clients around the world. But a lot of you ask what do I ACTUALLY do? Basically…
• Monthly bookkeeping services to clients. Record all of their transactions, create financial statements and prepare them for when tax season rolls around. As well as budget preperation and management throughout the year.
• I help train people to do their OWN bookkeeping. This comes in the form of my newly launched bookkeeping workbook which includes all you need to know to do your own monthly bookkeeping, templates, and a 25-minute training video teaching you how to use the bookkeeping spreadsheet included.
• I also offer personalized training calls and help people set up their systems via spreadsheets, Sage One or Quickbooks Online.
2. How did you get started?
When Migail and I returned from Vietnam, I needed to get a job and I needed to get one fast. I worked as the accountant at a non-profit in Somerset West for the year of 2017 and while it was an amazing experience and I learned A TON (I wouldn’t be able to do what I am doing today without that year experience… God knew and His ways are always perfect), I knew it wasn’t what I was created to do and knew there had to be more to life than sitting behind a desk from 8-5pm, going home and starting it all over the next day. It was seriously making me go CRAZY! Learned a lot about contentment but that’s a post for another day… if you’re interested in reading more, let me know.
Amongst other things, Migail did some building work that year on a farm along the Breede River (about 3 hours away from us). He would go for days at a time which left me with extra time on my hands, and if you know me at all, you’ll know that I will fill that extra time with something!
I started doing my church’s bookkeeping on the side for some extra money. It was great! I loved it! It was difficult to complete along with a full-time job but it got me dreaming about what it would be like to do work like that full-time…
Then the dreams led to action. I started posting some things on my Facebook page letting people know that I wanted to do more part-time bookkeeping on the side if anyone was interested. I was really struggling to enjoy my work and was ready to look for something new. My mom told me to contact one of our old (dear) friends, Kathryn Moorhouse, to see if she could help.
You know how moms are… always wanting to help but sometimes giving suggestions that aren’t actually helpful (love you, Mom!). When she told me to contact Kathryn, I truly didn’t think it would go anywhere but I was desperate and thought “what the heck.”
Kathryn is a Pinterest Strategist for entrepreneurs and has developed an amazingly successful business. She replied to my message with a 20-minute voice note just encouraging me to go for it, telling me how she got started, how amazing it is, and how it’s possible for anyone to do. I literally started tearing up when I read her message, just amazed at how God was bringing us together.
To this day Kathryn is still my biggest encourager and mentor and I wouldn’t be where I am today without her. Thank you, Kathryn.
I went onto her sites and she seemed like she had it all together… it was super overwhelming but she encouraged me that we all start somewhere and you can’t compare where you are now to where someone else already is. Everyone starts as a beginner and they were once in your shoes. So I started, step-by-step:
Step 1: Mig created me a logo. It was kind of a placeholder but it just stuck and to this day, I get regular requests asking who designed my logo for me. (Mig’s the man!).
Step 2: Had my friend, Peach Cronje, help me get some “branding shots.” Shout out to Peachy for my classic headshot that I use everywhere.
Step 3: Created a rate and put my services clearly into words. 1. What services I provide. 2. The rate per service. 3. Linked to my contact info.
Step 4: Created a Facebook Business Page. This was a GAME CHANGER! For months, all of my clients and inquiries came from this page alone (and quite frankly, they still do). You can list all of your services on there, your rates, contact info, everything. It’s free marketing! If you want to start your own business… get on Facebook! Social media is an incredible tool to connect with individuals all around the world.
There is someone out there who needs your services… they just need to find you.