I’m an experienced accountant and content and communication strategist offering a unique blend of expertise. I’ll help you navigate industry complexities, fine-tune your product’s place in the market, and craft content that engages and resonates. Essentially, I’m here to make sure your voice is relevant and heard.

Strategic services

Accounting industry insight:

Combining my deep experience in the industry with expert-led, industry-specific consultation, I provide holistic insights into the latest trends, developments and best practices in accounting. I can also assist in guiding strategic decision-making and innovation efforts – helping you stay ahead of the curve in the ever-evolving accounting landscape.

Product strategy and positioning:

I can inform product strategy and positioning to increase connection with target customers through activities such as product roadmap review, identifying ideal customer profiles (ICPs) and the problems the solution is solving, and establishing a unique selling proposition (USP).

Content strategist:

Using research and analysis to understand the target audience and market trends, I identify content gaps and opportunities, and provide recommendations for content development or repurposing. I follow up on audience feedback, fostering genuine long-term engagement, and evaluate and recommend content tools, platforms or technologies to enhance content creation processes.

Communication strategist:

I provide communication and expert subject matter review, ensuring your content is accurate, meaningful and relevant to the APAC accounting and bookkeeping audience. I refine and translate complex business concepts into plain English, ensuring effective communication and mutual understanding.

Speaker and event strategist:

I’m an experienced and insightful speaker, moderator and facilitator who’s passionate about the accounting industry. I can design, develop and deliver anything from live presentations, online webinars and panel discussions through to intimate round-table discussions. I can also collaborate with experts, industry influencers and budding speakers, helping them relax and draw on their knowledge and opinions. With a deep understanding of the industry, I’m able to contribute to the agenda setting or program design, and promote the event and prepare panellists.

Commitment to professional and ethical standards:

As a professional accountant and bookkeeper, ethics and integrity are my superpowers. I’m committed to client confidentiality and maintaining the security of sensitive information. I also stay abreast of all industry happenings and remain respectfully neutral. This ensures I provide the best possible support to the community.

This is where you can find me

As at Jan 2024

Accounting Apps Newsletter

Accounting Apps podcast
125 000+ downloads

Accounting Apps Community
6K+ members

11K + subscribers / 1.7 Million views

11 K + followers

1.9 K+ likes / followers

Here’s a project I did with Receipt Bank

20 K + followers


1K + followers

Here’s a link to the many client webinars I host

Recent Media

Bring older staff up to speed with technology through reverse mentoring. Based in Brisbane, Australia, Heather Smith FCCA, an adviser, speaker and expert in accounting apps and cloud solutions, is informally mentored by a number of young people. She believes she has been able to stay ‘ahead of the technology curve’ by ‘listening to young people and hearing what they are using, and how they are using it’. She says: ‘Receiving mentoring from someone younger than yourself can help you see the world through their eyes and help in communicating with their generation, embracing emerging technology and understanding social media platforms.’

As someone who runs a 100% remote lifestyle practice, I was keen to showcase other ACCA members who were working in practice in Australia and New Zealand, and share how they had made it work for them. Pathways to practice is an article of the highlights of a recent ACCA Australia and New Zealand webinar featuring Shaunie Huzzey ACCA, Jennifer Cooper CPA FCCA, and Eleanor Shakeshaft FCCA. Their stories include moving to another country and starting or purchasing a small practice. The article links to the webinar on the same topic. One common theme, is we all utilise cloud technology, enabling collaborative access to timely, clean data for informed-decision making that’s affordable to SME clients.

CFO for hire : The AB Magazine explores the benefits of the gig economy for the financial professional. Benefits of gig working for the financial professional include: Freedom to choose your own hours, Variety of interesting work, You don’t have all your eggs in one basket, Satisfaction of supporting a client who could not afford full-time support.

Benefits for the client include: Expert, affordable qualified support on call, Access to experts who have exposure to multiple businesses, Bringing a broader perspective and experiences to SMEs, Avoids additional employee costs.

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Advocacy, Ambassador, Brands, Champion, Mentor, Partnerships, Relationships, Supporters

As a  professional, I recognise the importance of remaining agnostic. As an expert, I aim to curate technical resources that help the accounting and bookkeeping community achieve the best outcome for them, rather than a product or service I have a material connection with. In the interests of disclosure and transparency I’m sharing with you businesses I may have a material connection with. They may have provided me with gifts (books, gift bag, swag), payments in kind (event tickets, free product access), or monetary payments ($$) in recent years.

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Cloud accountants and advisors meetup

I facilitate a meet-up group that explores the features, benefits, integration and inner workings of various cloud or SaaS solutions. We look at everything from horizontal or generic solutions that suit all businesses, to a vertical or industry-specific solution suited to a niche industry. Join accountants, bookkeepers, developers and business owners on the first Thursday of every month at Brisbane RiverCityLabs.

Held on the first Thursday of every month at Brisbane RiverCityLabs

Online discussion group

I facilitate an advanced online discussion group for over 2800 experienced Cloud Advisors and Partner solutions. Cloud business problems are shared and discussed with a global group of experts. Partner solutions share educational events, feature updates and connect with potential beta testers.

Introduce your team to Xero today.


The ‘Cloud Stories’ podcast shares stories of people operating in the cloud community – including developers, cloud integrators, end-users, solution providers and business consultants. Together we share a 360-degree insight into this evolving business phenomenon. Listeners can pick up tips, tools and tactics from stories shared, and we gain a deeper understanding of how people are using cloud solutions and, in turn, can effectively and efficiently use this new-found knowledge in our own businesses. All of which is why ‘Cloud Stories’ has been described as the coolest accounting podcast ever!

Businesses use the podcast as part of training material for staff, and it counts as CPD. Read more below.

You can listen to my Cloud Stories podcast at the following locations

Speaking & Presentations

I’ve been described as the beacon of the cloud accounting industry… If you’ve enjoyed reading one of my international best-selling business books about moving your business to the clouds, then consider booking me to speak at your next business function, and let the stories come to life. I curate and deliver key information to you in a digestible format. I also take great pride in providing professional training sessions that cater to all levels and abilities. My talks are brimming with useful information, stories and practical tips. Through consulting, training and interviewing, I’ve had the privilege of working with thousands of business owners, assisting them in implementing profitable and productive systems. From this vantage, I’ve gained insights I can share with you into the inner workings of small businesses.

Sample presentation styles include the following:

  • Conference, boardroom, retreats or professional development sessions
  • Presentations ranging from 20 minutes to 2 hours, plus Q&A from the floor
  • Panel participation
  • Speeches on a given topic, from 5 to 30 minutes, and interaction with other panellists and attendees

All presentations can be adapted to webinar format.

Clients I have presented with

Previous clients include NAB National Small Business Summit, National Speakers Association, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants AU & NZ, Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators QLD Workshop, Deloitte’s, Practice Success Summit, Young Entrepreneurs Australia, Networx, Sociability Conference, Business Educators Association Queensland State Conference, Flying Solo Live, Active Management, Dickensons Accountants, Pitcher Partners and iCalm.

Speakers Bio: Heather’s focused on helping cloud advisors positively embrace the add on market place eco system. Using her super power of ‘explanation’ she’s provided support to over 1 million, via her instructional YouTube channel ‘ANISE Consulting’, her Cloud Stories podcast exploring the eco-system, a monthly MeetUp, an online MasterMind group, and a curated eco-system newsletter. Plus, she’s written 9 business books including the Xero for Dummies series. Heather believes advisors can work from anywhere, and support clients anywhere, by honing their ability to offer services online. (100 word)

My talks are brimming with useful information, stories and practical tips

What is Content marketing?

Content marketing is the creation and distribution of useful, intelligent, thought-provoking, engaging and informative content. It’s communicating with your existing and prospective customers without overt selling. Content marketing solves problems, educates and informs, helping develop long-term relationships and brand awareness.

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