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Meet Magda

22 April 2021

Keen traveller and lover of languages, Magda Baczynska has worked in the BDODrive team for over four years. While her travel plans are currently on pause, we took the opportunity to ask her a few questions about her role as client accountant and payroll administrator.

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself and your interests.

A: I love visiting new places and trying out new cuisines, locally and abroad, as well as visiting friends and family back home. Although, obviously, due to COVID all our travel plans are on hold at the moment.

I am a keen learner and I always strive to expand on my general knowledge. I like learning about different cultures and enjoy learning new languages. I can speak Polish, English and a little Portuguese and used to learn Italian and German. I am currently working on improving my Portuguese.

I have a young daughter and I love to spend time with my little family. It is amazing to see how she is developing and changing on a daily basis.   

Q: How would you describe your role?

A: I fulfil a variety of roles in the BDO Drive team. 

My main role is to provide support to companies as an outsourced bookkeeper and accountant. Using systems like Xero and Fathom I provide the directors of those in charge with the timely and accurate information, which includes the management reports. 

Regarding bookkeeping, in some cases I provide ongoing support to clients and in other cases I assist clients as and when any issues arise.

I provide Channel Island payroll services to local, Jersey and UK companies and give advice on any payroll related issues, often in conjunction with the tax department.

I also assist companies with the preparation of their annual financial statements.

Q: Who is a typical client? 

A:  There isn’t one! Our clients represent a cross-section of Guernsey businesses.  We help clients of all sizes from large companies and retailers to small sole traders.

Q: What do you enjoy about your profession? 

A: I really enjoy establishing and maintaining relationships with clients and helping them out with the day to day running of their businesses. It is very rewarding to see how clients gain a deeper understanding of the financial side of the business.  

Q: What would be your top tip to somebody who is looking to get their taxes in order?

A: I would say it is really important to have your financial affairs in order and to get into the habit of doing this on a weekly/monthly basis. If this is left to the last minute it can cause unnecessary stress. With today’s technology and support which is now available to small businesses, the financial side of the business does not have to be a tedious or time-consuming process.