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Bianca Vos
Ian Ferreira-Massyn

Bianca Vos

Hard work, late nights and a will to succeed brought success

When things are in balance, it makes sense. That is why she is “simply crazy” about working with numbers, says Bianca Vos, newly qualified Professional Accountant (SA) and already owner of her own business, Vos Accounting and Tax Services at the age of 26 years.

She started her studies with Unisa in 2017 and graduated in July last year after passing her Bcom Accounting Sciences cum laude. Vos did her articles at Accounting Brilliance and completed her learnership at the start of this year.

Balance makes sense
“I am not a go-with-the-flow person. With accounting everything has to balance and that makes sense to me. Things have to be right. If they are not I want to find the solution to make them right.”
She is born under the Libra zodiac sign. Libra is Latin for scales, so the career choice fits with her personality. “It is a perfect match,” she says.

Vos admits that it was not an easy journey to become a Professional Accountant (SA). “It was hard work, late nights and sometimes I felt like giving up.”

However, the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) equipped her with all the tools necessary to start her own firm. She successfully completed the Professional Evaluation (PE) assessment in July this year.

“I feel confident in my abilities due to the training I received from a SAIPA accredited firm and the integrated PE exam. The journey up to here definitely equipped me to keep going no matter what.”

Workload ‘overwhelming’
Vos said when she received the SAIPA Project Achiever study material she was overwhelmed with how much work there was to get through. This drove her to start studying well in advance.

“I wanted to ensure that I could get through everything and not to cram everything in a week before the exam. It was quite difficult to work full time and only have evenings and weekends to study.”

But, her biggest personal challenge was a miscarriage merely a week before the assessment. “I felt defeated and wanted to postpone the exam, but decided to rather push through since this is what I have been working for.”

When things are not right . . .
True to her nature, she looks for solutions when things are not right. Vos is now, besides managing a fledgling firm, offering training in basic bookkeeping to young graduates.She noticed that many graduates are struggling to find employment at article firms. They just need a foot in the door to land a job at an article firm, she says. Basic bookkeeping is a major part of any SAIPA clerk’s job description, she adds.

Vos is determined to grow and expand her firm to such an extent that she can appoint
SAIPA clerks. “I want to build a firm where employees motivate each other and support each other like family.”

She wants others to also have opportunities to grow. “I hope that one day I will be able to make a change in someone’s life.”