Chartered accountant Nadia Hossen Mamode admits that she wasn’t quite prepared when she married into Forces life. Five years, four moves, three jobs, two children and a new patch later, she realised that straightforward employment wasn’t going to work. We chatted with Nadia to find what she’s done about it…

“MY PROFESSION was what I loved doing: speaking to entrepreneurs, advising them on how to grow their business and helping them with their tax affairs,” said Nadia. “I started ‘networking’ at the patch’s baby group, book club and knitting evening.

“My message was simple: we all have one good business idea in us and with the right support, that business can be a profitable one.”

Soon enough, prospective clients got in touch: a spouse wanted to know how to start up her business and a Service person had become an accidental landlord.

Although her first clients were local, Nadia had to make a bold decision if she wanted the business to be successful, so she took the Armed Forces Business Start-Up Course at the University of Wolverhampton.

“My nomadic lifestyle meant that I didn’t know where I would be in the future, so I set up Bee Accountancy to be fully-operational online, opening up my services with the whole of the Forces community as a core focus. I now work with spouse entrepreneurs, landlords, veterans setting up their own businesses and military charities.”

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