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Business Blog – Brendan Lucas from Hopscotch Accounting

Business Blog - Brendan Lucas from Hopscotch Accounting

We have joined forces with the very knowledgeable Brendan Lucas from Hopscotch Accounting at Sutherland, for our July 2016 edition of the Sombrilla Business Blog. We were lucky enough to get the inside scoop on Brendan’s first business ideas, his greatest achievements to date and the one skill he’s still trying to perfect (let us know when you do).
Don’t waste another minute, jump into our latest edition of the Sombrilla Business Blog…

 


“My Goal is to be happy & healthy, and for that feeling to be transferred
to everyone I interact with
!”

Name: Brendan Lucas
Business Name: Hopscotch Accounting
Industry: Accountancy
Years In Business: Hopscotch Accounting is new business but approx.10 years

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What were you doing before you started your business?

I was an employee of the business

 

Why did you start your business?

After working in the business for 2 years I was given the opportunity to be an owner. I love my job and see a bright future for the business, so it just made sense to take the next step.

 

Who do you look up to in business or who do you strive to be like?

I worked at PwC for 9 years and was fortunate enough to work with some very talented people, so I find myself doing similar things that I saw them do when I was learn in my trade. I strive to take the best bits from anybody I interact with and make that my way.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

Happy, still running Hopscotch and enjoying life.

 

What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs starting out?

1 – Work out your end game/ exit plan at the start, if that doesnt stack up, it’s probably not going to work out well.
2- prepare some forecasts and be conservative. Make sure you see yourself making money (and more than an employee) otherwise the business will not last or the stress won’t be worth it.

 

What is the best thing about owning your own business?

The responsibility that comes with it. If things go well you are likely to be rewarded financially as well as emotionally.
If things aren’t going so well, the challenge is there to do things differently and again your success will be rewarded.
I can compare it to life as an employee and it’s just too boring for me.

 

What is your greatest achievement to date? (business related)

1- winning my first client on my own
2- becoming a business owner

 

What is your greatest achievement to date? (non-business related)

Meeting my best friend and marrying her!

 

If you weren’t doing what you’re doing now, what would you do?

A NRL referee. I only made it to the lower grades as I found it difficult make the time to maintain my peak fitness as well as from lifestyle point of view working all weekend didn’t leave a lot of time to do anything else.
I will see however with the increasing influence of the NRL bunker, I don’t think refereeing is as rewarding as it was pre-Super League.

 

How do you plan to grow your business?

Using technology to provide clients with a better and more cost effective solution to running their accounting function.

 

What platforms are you currently using to achieve success?

1- Investing time in staff so that they develop their skills and are able to constantly improve our internal processes
2- Tapping into existing networks to let them know what we are about
3- investing in technology (time and money) so we have the depth of knowledge required to provide effective solutions to our clients

 

What platforms do you want to start using to achieve success (but don’t have the time to)?

More networking and marketing Why haven’t we done it yet? We want to make sure we have a clear consistent message which can take a while to agree on

 

What is one skill you would love to learn?

More handyman skills – I work with a laptop for a reason

 

When you were younger, did you ever think you would become an entrepreneur? If yes, why?

I don’t think I really appreciated what that meant. These days being an entrepreneur is, dare I say it – trendy.

 

What does a typical day of yours consist of?

Like most business owners, typical days are hard to find !
Alarm goes off around 6am, respond to some emails and do some ‘thinking’ work.
Have breakfast around 7am and get to office by 8am. I spend the day between planned meetings with clients, I try to only have 1 or 2 scheduled in the afternoon as I’ve learnt Im more productive in the mornings.
In the mornings I’ll spend time with staff going through queries/review of work. There will also be a fair few phone calls and emails to respond to.
Around 6pm I’ll usually call it a day, come home and dinner with my wife, then watch some TV.

 

What is the best business idea you’ve had, that you’ll never use? (I promise I won’t steal it)…

If it’s a good idea, why would I rule out ever using it?

 

How has becoming an entrepreneur made you a better person?

It’s early days, so I’m not sure I’ve become a better person yet.. Fast forward 6 months, I believe I will be a better advisor to other business owners, as I’ll appreciate where they are coming from even more.

 

What did you want to be ‘when you grow up’?

NRL referee

 

Do you prefer working solo or as a team?

Team, hard to create or enjoy success without help

 

What is your goal in life?

Be happy & healthy, and for that feeling to be transferred to everyone I interact with

 

What are your 3 best traits?

Determined/Stubborn
Compassionate towards others
Quick thinker

 

Who is your number #1 idol?

Hmm… I prefer to just pick the best bits from a range of people, but to name a few Todd Greenberg – goes well in a tough. Wayne Bennett – doesn’t speak often but when he dies it’s worth listening. My parents- took me about work ethic and how to be a good person Karl Stefanovic – the guy is always happy!

 

If you could travel to one place in the world, where would it be?

Hawaii – never been

 

What meal or food is your number one weakness?

Steak ! Or white chocolate

 

What is your favourite colour?

Blue

 

What is the best book you’ve ever read?

I must say I’m not a great reader… I did like ‘A Simpler Time’ by Peter FitzSimons, a great stories of his life

 

What activities, sports or hobbies do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Rugby League has been a big part of my life. These days I play touch footy on a Monday night and I did buy a PS4.

 

If you were granted one super power, what would it be?

To slow down time, so that the good times go for longer, or gives you better chance of meeting a deadline

 

Find Brendan on Social Media:

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/haccounting/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/m/profile/ACoAAAbuTkkBIzOfh3MmNbhmxFGcTx4sq36M3Tg/Website : http://haccounting.com.au/

 

 

Thanks to Brendan Lucas from Hopscotch Accounting at Sutherland for allowing us into your world and sharing your experiences, insights and aspirations with our followers.

Sombrilla recently completed the new website for Hopscotch Accounting and we are assisting them with all forms of marketing over the next 12 months.

Stay tuned for next month’s business blog featuring another insightful interview with a successful business owner…
Floris Fluitsma from Orange Journeys at Cronulla.!!

 

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