Gold Coast Xero Bookkeeper  


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When Year 12 was nearing an end Cilla knew she wanted to do more, unsure of what, she applied to University for a Hospitality Degree …. well, she was living on the Gold Coast … copious jobs should be in that arena right?

During her first year in Hospitality Cilla learnt that a Hospitality Degree could limit her.  Moving over to Accounting, she could still work in Hospitality if she desired or assist her in running her own business.

Trying to gain work in Accounting was challenging at the time.  A young attractive female in a predominantly male environment.  Many, many knockbacks later she discovered the Gold Coast CPA’s and became a member and spent 3 years working on the board assisting in monthly professional developments, annual gala balls and golf days.  Contacts developed there helped Cilla gain employment in a small accounting practice, to which she soon discovered that public accounting (completing tax returns) left her feeling that she could not guide the clients to making better choices along the way.

Cilla soon discovered another young lady who felt similar, but in the private sector and they soon swapped jobs and experiences grew and each loved the job they moved into.
Now an accounting degree completed and a major life change, Cilla moved to Sydney for a number of years working with a Financial Officer who is still a great friend today.

A lifestyle change found Cilla living in Byron Bay and her employment deciding soon after her move that they ‘were not ready’ for her drive.  Byron Bay has its own time, she’s soon learnt.

With no gainful employment she sat down to write up her skills and falling back on her accounting degree she did a letterbox drop to look for inspiring people she could learn from.

As fate would have it, or should I say Byron’s mystical way of doing things her letter was read by one person that Cilla soon learnt would grow her business by word of mouth, exponentially.
Business grew and had many forms.  Many bookkeepers she learnt didn’t have the training or professional guidance to work with their clients.  She would often hear of things other bookkeepers did and would often say they didn’t have integrity, and hence Integrity Counts Pty Ltd was born.
That business still exists in form, however Cilla has now returned home to the Gold Coast and lucky for us Sovereign Accounts, Your Professional Xero Bookkeeper was created and we now get to enjoy Cilla’s company, her friendship, her generosity, her knowledge and her guidance and she helps us along the way with our business challenges and growth.



Cilla Lee-Leong
B.Bus. (Acc.) (NSW)

Phone 0419 739 645
PO Box 39, Tyalgum NSW 2484

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