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Number Cruncher And More

by Marlon Madden

He has a love for crunching numbers. And with a natural talent to do so, Robert Homer, 53, is always passionate about helping individuals and business operators to understand their cash flow, file their taxes and keep abreast of laws governing the financial services sector. Homer is the managing director of his 25-year-old company RMH Financial Consultants Inc. He is one of the finalists in this year's Small Business Association (SBA) People's Choice Awards. Homer, who operates his Kingsland, Christ Church home-based business with help from his wife Carolann, told Barbados TODAY business for him had been "fairly steady" over the years because of the type of services he offered and how far he was willing to go to assist clients.

When Homer started his business in March, 1990, it was called RMH Accounting Services. Back then he would focus mainly on offering accounting services. However, over the years he saw a need for additional offerings, including training, and in May, 2005, he incorporated his business and gave it its present name. RMH Financial Consultants Inc. offers a range of accounting services, including training with a focus on Quickbooks, compliance management and the filing of taxes for individuals and corporations.

The accounting enthusiast said from the time he was in secondary school he knew he wanted to get involved in a career where he would get to live his dream of having to work with numbers. "I came up in that field straight out of school. I did accounts at 0 Level. So I have always had a love for numbers. All through school I thought it was easier to do maths than English. I used to think that maths was common sense, logics. Not much to read, it is just to figure out what to do. So I have always had a flair for numbers," he declared.

Barbadians turn to SBA for Training

Quickbooks Tutor Robert HomerWith the rising cost of education and increasing competition for employment, Barbadians are taking advantage of the affordable and quality training & development courses offered by the Small Business Association to either improve their business competitiveness or to make themselves more marketable to employers.

This was evident in the association's third and final semester for the 2014/2015 academic year. The term got off to a successful start with all three of the computer- based accounting classes, QuickBooks, being fully subscribed.

Participants included young entrepreneurs, small business operators and professionals from the association's membership and the general public seeking to further equip themselves with the skills needed to be successful in their respective fields.

In previous semesters, the QuickBooks courses have been in high demand, with each semester having a waiting list of students desirous of taking part in this computer-assisted accounts programme. The value-added to the third term courses was the effective use of social media to mobilise and register students. Participants used the association's Facebook and twitter vehicles to keep up-to-date with the organisation's training schedule and to register early for the classes, thus underscoring the value of these two social media avenues. The productive use of these mechanisms demonstrated the benefit that can be derived from online marketing and the cost effective medium that small firms can use to promote their product offerings, particularly in this time of economic recession.

For more information on courses offered and how to sign up, visit the SBA's website.

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