So who are you anyway, and what do you do?

Andrew Collins, Founder & CEO of Timewise Business Solutions. We help business owners build a more efficient business.

What was your last job before getting into this?

My previous job was working as an Accountant with a credit union based in Melbourne. Have worked in the banking and finance industry in various accounting roles for the past 20 years.

And why did you decide to do what you do now?

In my job prior to the one at Police Credit I was fortunate to work for a small business and got a real taste of the challenges that they face on a day to day basis. I saw an opportunity to set up my own business where I was able to provide a bookkeeping service to the small business owner as they often do not have the skills or the time to do this properly.

What is it about the 60/70/80/90s that you miss most?  (Choose one)

The 80’s – Playing cricket in the backyard with my dad and friends. As my son is 5 next month I am looking forward to teaching him cricket and playing with him in the backyard this summer.

What is the biggest challenge facing SMEs today?

Keeping on top of their admin and compliance obligations. Small business owners start a business because they have an idea or they want to work for themselves doing their trade. The admin which comes with that can wear them down very quickly.

Can cloud software solve that challenge?  And if so, how? And if not, what can?

Absolutely. The cloud software market is ever evolving and expanding and providing great solutions for the small business owner to streamline and remove the admin from their business so they can focus on what they love to do. I am extremely excited about helping small business owners to achieve this.

If you could retire now, what would you do? Or not do?

If I could retire now, I would like to travel more. Apart from that I would keep doing what I am doing now – as I love what I am doing and are passionate about helping small business owners to build more efficient businesses.

If you could give your younger self some advice, what would it be?

Follow your passion and dream and do not let anyone or anything stop you from achieving it. For me I wish I had started this business much earlier than I did.

If you could buy anyone a drink in a bar and chat to them about anything, who would it be, what drink, and what would you talk about?

Tim Ferriss, author of the 4-Hour Work Week. May have to be a cup of tea. I would love to chat with him about time management as it is a constant challenge of getting the work/life balance right.

If you could walk up to anyone, kick them in the shins and shout something at them, who would it be, and what would you shout?  Go on….get it off your chest!

Probably to the Government in general concerning getting the NBN in place sooner than later so that issues of internet connectivity are a thing of the past. As well as reducing the compliance burden on the small business owner so that they are able to focus more on building a business that will ultimately add value back to the economy.

If you could walk up to anyone and hug them, who would it be, and why?

My wife Antonella, who is also the Business Manager of Timewise, for her support. Setting up a small business is tough and you need to have a good support network around you.

What’s your favourite meat and gravy meal?

Roast Lamb with roast vegetables and a mint sauce.

What is your greatest achievement?

Starting a small business from scratch and having a group of happy customers who value what you do.

What do you want to achieve that you haven’t as yet?

Continuing to grow the business and educating business owners on the efficiencies of using cloud based systems in their business.

What’s next for you?

More of the same – Helping and educating the small business owner on the benefits of the cloud. Continuing to market the business and get more awesome customers like the ones I currently have.

Andrew is CEO and Founder of Timewise Business Solutions in Melbourne.


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