A client in the medical professional used lockdown to focus on how to simplify his business, with some assistance from us. He has identified the areas where he needs more staff, which areas can be automated and sorted out staffing issues that he did not have the time to work on previously.
He also used the time during lockdown to spend with his young family – precious time with his newborn.
Another client approached us and wanted to prepare his business for sale due to retirement, in February 2020. In post-lockdown time he has received serious interest in his business, having been prepared for the moment as soon as lockdown was over.
Just before lockdown this client had a very special trip overseas and could come back knowing a plan is in place for his retirement.
At Klox Business Solutions we are SUPER proud of each of these accomplishments of our clients! We are also very happy that these clients could take time off and build on personal relationships during lockdown time. We hope that a better work-life balance will be the future of each of these individuals.
A client in the Hospitality industry was able to turn over $20,000 more in June 2020 than last year, while working fewer hours overall. He accomplished this with your Business Continuity Plan template where we looked for areas of savings, amongst other things. For example, we looked at the opening hours and which periods were profitable. The business decided to focus its efforts on periods that were profitable. He also worked on a Cash Flow forecast and together we did an Organisational Review during the lockdown. He also re-negotiates contract to make payments easier on his cash flow.
During the lockdown our client also focused on completing work on 2 chalets that are now open as a Bed ‘n Breakfast - an additional income stream for the family.
When the pandemic hit, a client who had started a catering business in late 2019 thought that that equated to the devastation of her business. However, during the lockdown, she was able to create a new website, we assisted her in completing a Business Continuity Plan and she was able to generate $10,000 for June 2020 with online sales and wholesale clients. She had initially focused on the tourism industry but was able to expand her business to include vegetarian shops in the whole of New Zealand.
During the lockdown we had weekly phone calls that kept her on track with her plan to grow her business. She had the time to test new products and establish marketing strategies.
A client in the Trades turned a profit of $15,000 in June 2020. This was achieved by him completing a Cash Flow Forecast and Business Continuity Plan. A change in staff allowed the client and us the opportunity to restructure and streamline the work so that existing workers were able to take on the additional work. The client is now booked for the month ahead. In Stage 2 of the lockdown we assisted the business by calling existing clients to ask about their well being and offer a discounted service. This created immediate work after lockdown.
This business owner took the time to spend with their young family in lockdown and build precious memories with their young daughter.
Linda Klok has been a regular guest speaker to my business courses over recent years. Linda is very knowledgeable on a wide range of topics from bookkeeping through to social media and she generously gives her time and shares her expertise with my students.
Linda communicates at a level that my students, who are involved in business start-ups, can relate to and understand. Some of my class have no experience in business, Linda does well to demystify the bookkeeping element of business, which can be daunting for some. The topics she covers are debtor management, Xero and other accounting software, and record keeping. Linda provides these services for clients of her own business, so is the perfect person to talk to my classes and she has excellent real-life examples. She is always well-prepared and continually researches and updates her presentation to include the latest applications and regulations.
Linda kindly offers a free follow up for students who have attended the presentation. Those who have taken her up on the offer are full of praise for her assistance and advice. Her presentations are very well received by the classes who enjoy her presentation style.
I would highly recommend Linda as both a presenter and as a bookkeeper, she is a credit to her profession.
Linda is very dedicated to every task she undertakes.
A keen eye for detail and super organisational skills.
Owner | Dynamic Worx Ltd
(2013 - 2014 in New Zealand)
"I met Linda through my business partner, who had known her from a previous employer they had in common. When we were planning to start the business I realised we'd need help to set it up and run it.
From the first meeting with Linda we have learned so much and her knowledge and experience saved us a lot of time and bad experiences. I'm sure any business, big or small, would benefit from her services."
Director | MC3 Roofing
(September 2021 - Current)
Hiring Linda's services was one of the smartest business decisions we have made at H2OFF Ltd when we started the business. She is efficient, effective, knowledgeable, dependable, organised, down-to-earth, friendly and practical. Everything you would want from a bookkeeper.
Our business is expanding all the time and Linda always gracefully handles any new task that is presented to her. We couldn't be happier with Linda and to top it all off our list of outstanding debtors has dropped dramatically as well, thanks to Linda's skills and determination.
We recommend Linda as a true professional with the experience to handle any situation from the simplest bookkeeping to preparing books for accountants' use or auditing.
We are forever grateful that she was recommended to us.
Former Director | H2Off Limited
(2014 - 2019)
I often refer Linda to my new clients who require Xero training, help with PAYE/Payroll systems or general bookkeeping assistance.
The feedback I receive from my clients is that Linda is punctual, has a keen eye for detail, and is very good at explaining the processes around business administration.
I will continue to refer Linda & look forward to working with her more in the future for the mutual benefit of our clients.
Former Christchurch Regional Partner | Rightway Limited
Linda has been supporting my bookkeeping career from my day 1. She laid down a rail to get the necessary knowledge to start my bookkeeping business, such as taking a course at Career Academy. Once I was ready to start my business, she was always behind me and generously spent her time anytime I needed her support or advice. Her advice is always clear, accurate and simple. I deeply appreciate what she has been doing for me. My business could not grow without her contribution.
Director | DAP Business Solutions Ltd
(2017 to current)
I am the Principal of Accountantz Ltd & Resolve Tax Ltd, where we get our clients out of financial trouble and keep them out of trouble. We are Accountants specialising in negotiating tax debt arrears and often in this work we encounter business owners with poorly maintained financial records, among other issues. Linda has worked with some of our clients in getting their books back in order and working closely with us to get the best solution for our clients. She is a very detailed orientated person who always asks more questions than most people, as she likes to learn and to be accurate in her job. Even though I know several capable bookkeepers, Linda is the first I would ask, especially for the more difficult situations where more than just a bookkeeper is needed because of her broad range of skills and capabilities.
Principle | Accountantz Ltd
(1995 - current)
Linda is a delightful and most capable person to work with. My "Guardian Angel"
in my role as Acting President of 'Independent Citizens'.
Former President | Independent Citizens
(2012 - 2017)
Although I have been running this and other businesses for many years and know what I should do, the use of a business mentor is perhaps more important than one realises.
This is where Linda has helped. Linda is excellent to work with, and she had wisdom and suggestions to grow my business. She is a great motivator and has provided business tools and motivation to keep me focused.
Linda has been a tremendous help in carrying out bookkeeping, admin and business coaching for my businesses EMTaC Ltd and Cellalab Ltd. An unexpected bonus has been her enthusiasm, high integrity and computer skills. My gross income had increased significantly owing to her help.
Director | ElectroMedical Testing and Calibration Ltd
(2014 - 2020)
We went to Linda because we had made many mistakes in the setup of our accounting system and
needed help to sort it all out. We also required someone who was an expert to train us to use it properly. Linda found and corrected all of our mistakes, and then provided brilliant training so we were able to use the system correctly and efficiently.
Linda is extremely patient, meticulous and efficient. She always follows up
and provides exceptional advice and guidance. Without reservation we recommend Linda as a first-class bookkeeper, as well as a trainer.
Rob and Angela Clarke
Directors | Learning Architects Ltd.
Linda is a person of integrity with a high work ethic and the
knowledge to implement whatever solutions the task requires.
She has a lovely manner and readily shares her knowledge with whomever
she is dealing with. I would recommend Linda unreservedly.
Owner | Wordsmith Yaga
(2013 - current in New Zealand)
In 2013 Linda was recommended to me as someone who was very precise
and diligent, and qualified to do some translation work I required. I am
pleased to report that I am very happy with the work she has done for me.
Linda is thorough, has taken great care and has been extraordinarily
helpful in explaining to me the details of certain ambiguous passages in the
original text. Her language skills and careful attention to detail
will be valuable to anyone requiring such services, and I have no hesitation
in recommending her.
Magican and Blog writer
(2013 in Australia)
I've worked with Linda over the past six years and can recommend her to any organization
that requires a diligent and trustworthy person. Linda is easy to work with and takes initiative to finish a task successfully.
Executive Committee Member | Sinzasa
(2008 - 2014 in New Zealand)
Linda is a very able salesperson, and helped market and grow a direct software sales business.
Had wonderful sales numbers and networked with a lot of different people in the business.
She was also a lead team builder.
- Louis du Preez, CEO of KlicknKids
(2006 in South Africa)
I found Linda to be highly professional in her approach, dedicated to her tasks and with excellent attention to detail. She was always well presented and consistently impressed visitors to display stands with her performance as a front line representative. She is friendly and outgoing while maintaining a measure of reserve that creates an excellent balance when involved in promotions work. I have no hesitation in recommending Linda.
MD | Insight Marketing Services
(2004 - 2006 in South Africa)
Soon after starting my company, Linda was employed as a Personal Assistant. Linda was always punctual and very presentable to colleagues and customers. Dealing with Government Hospitals in South Africa is not always easy, but Linda use to interact with the various hospitals, maternity units and others, in a well manner way with the utmost patience, to help us obtain the correct information for our database.
She gave input to our marketing campaign and help with the design of brochures and other literature. Linda is goal orientated, self-driven, trustworthy and a benefit to any company.
Director | Little Miracle Products and Services
(2004 in South Africa)