Whether you’re a cinematographer, sound engineer, director or choreographer, you’re juggling a jam-packed schedule while trying to maintain the financial side of your business. After long days on set, you just want your accounting to be as simple and stress-free as possible.

Digital accounting is the answer. We’ve seen first-hand how transformative it’s been for business owners in the behind-the-scenes film and TV industry.

It takes the hassle out of otherwise tedious tasks, organises your data in a powerful way and frees up more time to focus on the exciting parts of your business.

Going digital tells you exactly how much money you’re making.

If someone were to ask you what your profit is for this year so far, would you feel confident giving an accurate answer? If your accounting is paper-based or relies on spreadsheets, it’s impossible to know an up-to-date, precise figure.

In fact, you often won’t find out how much money you’ve made for the year until months after year-end.

With cloud-based accounting systems like Xero, you can check your finances in real-time. The software connects with your bank account to automatically pull in your latest transaction data, so you know your figures reflect the most recent changes.

It also means you can monitor if you’re on the right track to meet your financial targets. If you’re not making sufficient revenue, get ahead of the game and plan extra shoots to ensure you cover costs.

You can view cost-per-project breakdowns.

Trying to work out the profitability of your latest shoot? Digital accounting software makes it possible to see every nook and cranny of your costs.

With a few clicks, you can get individual profit and loss sheets for each project and for individual components within those projects. If you tried to do this with paper-based accounting, it would be a nightmare to keep track of. With digital, you’ll know exactly how financially viable it was to bring on that freelancer or rent that studio space.

You can access your financial data from anywhere.

Whether you’re at home or on location, Xero’s app lets you check your profit and loss at any time. You live an on-the-go lifestyle and having access to your financial data shouldn’t depend on lugging a box of papers around.

The cloud-based software also provides peace of mind. Accidents happen and things get lost or damaged. It’s why you invested in top-notch protective cases for your tech and got backup SD cards and hard drives.

With Xero, your data is backed up and secure. No more worries about corrupted files or spillages on documents. Should anything happen to your laptop, you know your financial data isn’t lost forever.

You won’t have to hang on to masses of receipts.

Spending so much time on the road guarantees a pile-up of expense receipts. You have to wait until you’re back to pass them over to your accountant and you’re stuck with them in the meantime.

Switching to digital accounting eliminates the need for paper. When you get a receipt, use the app Dext to snap a photo. It’ll automatically save and record the receipt data in Xero. Whether you’re on set, at a table-read or in an airport, just take a photo and go!

Switching to digital accounting is easier than you think.

Getting set up on software like Xero is a smooth, pain-free transition. Yep, it’s tempting to say “I’ll get around to that!”, but we really recommend making the switch as soon as possible to start enjoying the benefits.

Unsure where to start? That’s what we’re here for. At Tailored, we work closely with freelancers, small teams and studios in the film and TV industry, guiding them through the transition to digital. Book a 15-minute call with us and we’ll chat about how we can help.


Senior Accountant

My favourite part of what I do is seeing our clients grow and enjoy their success. From helping clients with tax returns to undertaking monthly and quarterly reviews, I relish the variety of tasks and great people I get to work with in my day-to-day. Having gone back to college in my 40s to gain my accountancy qualifications, I now love working in an approachable, helpful team…and I pride myself on making a top-notch cuppa for my colleagues in the office!

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with the people who make me happy. You’ll find me going for walks with my family, friends and adorable labradoodle. My motto? Work hard, play hard!

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I founded Tailored after spending many years in the corporate world craving a work-life balance. Wanting to spend more time with my young children without sacrificing my career, my aim was to help small business owners achieve that same balance. I’d always loved numbers and how they can tell a story, explain the past and help predict the future, so I wanted to use that power to support entrepreneurs. 

It’s been an incredible journey growing my business while also seeing our clients also grow theirs. I’m now surrounded by a wonderful team, united in our values of family and learning. We’re a people-oriented firm that loves face-to-face client meetings over a hot cuppa, and we always prioritise the work/life balance Tailored was built on.

Outside of work, I’m a huge advocate for increasing support in schools for children with autism and ADHD. I love staying active, enjoying a stroll in the woods or going to the gym, and one of my proudest achievements is completing the “Couch to 5k” challenge!

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Office Manager

I’m all about building strong client relationships, and due to the nature of my role I’m lucky enough to work with almost all of our wonderful clients. I make sure they’re onboarded properly and have a friendly point of contact for any admin queries, as well as liaising with them to complete confirmation statements, payroll and bookkeeping.

My role also means I get to arrange events and office celebrations for our fantastic team. Outside of work, you’ll find me spending time with family and friends, drinking copious amounts of coffee or dancing the night away at a concert!

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Senior Accountant

Before our firm merged with Tailored in 2022, I was the owner of Martin & Co Accountants for 13 years. I love working with and helping our clients of all sizes, from small sole traders to multi-million-pound companies. I’m FCCA qualified and my role means I deal with all aspects of accounting, from bookkeeping to management accounts and tax returns.

Many moons ago I used to play ice hockey as a goalie, and while I’m no longer on the ice, you might well find me in the snow! I love to travel, whether it’s soaking up the sun on a beach, skiing down a snow-topped mountain or scuba-diving among schools of colourful fish!

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Trainee Accountant

I’m currently doing my accounting degree, which means I get to apply everything I learn in my university course to my role at Tailored. It’s a fantastic way to get hands-on experience with lovely clients and a collaborative team, and my next step will be working towards an ACCA qualification.

I mainly work with sole traders and limited companies, assisting with their bookkeeping to organise their transactions. When I’m not at work, I enjoy doing watersports and love spending time with animals, whether it’s walking my dog or horseriding.

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Semi-Senior Accountant

As the go-to person for all things related to management accounts, I work with clients of all sizes. I’m a fully qualified chartered management accountant. From one-man bands up to large limited companies, I love the variety of businesses I interact with every day.

In the office, you’ll find me organising clients’ transactions and payrolls fuelled by a hefty cup of my favourite coffee and a sweet treat. Outside of work, I’m somewhat of an adrenaline seeker; I once abseiled down Table Mountain in South Africa!

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Assistant Accountant

For me, it’s all about the end result. I get great satisfaction from compiling data to produce accounts, and it’s made even better by the approachable and friendly clients I work with. My favourite part of what I do is putting together management and year-end accounts, and I love the fact we get to help local businesses.

I have a penchant for organisation, even running the admin for my son’s football team! It’s something we’re all involved in as a family, with my husband also helping out with coaching. When I’m not cheering on my boys’ football team, you’ll find me flexing my creative muscles. I love art and design and enjoy getting involved in anything crafty.

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Sarah R.

Senior Accountant

I like to take a people-first approach in all of my work. From cutting out the financial jargon to using clear communication to help clients develop their business, I always aim to connect to the human. I trained in industry alongside Sarah Taylor and I’m also a fully qualified chartered management accountant.

I’m the office go-to person for property and e-commerce accounting, and take pride in providing accountancy services and tax expertise to small businesses in a timely manner. The outdoors is my happy place, and I love going for walks with my family and breathing in the fresh air. A few years ago I climbed the Three Peaks; Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scaffel Pike…but not at the same time!

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Supporting local and family businesses is something that’s close to my heart, as Tailored’s founder Sarah is my sister! I look after the bookkeeping and VAT returns for a variety of clients, including those in the film and TV industry.

My day-to-day involves getting hands-on with Xero and QuickBooks and helping business owners make sense of their finances. When I’m not helping clients harness the power of their numbers, I love spending time with my young son or enjoying a classic episode of Only Fools and Horses. Of course, all with a good brew in hand.

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