Monja Van Zyl was born and bred in Vryburg in Bloemfontein and did her articles at a medium sized audit firm in KZN. She always dreamt of this Financial Director job in the corporate environment. When she eventually got the job and the office, she realised that there is more to life than a “job title.” Monja felt like her life had more to give and more purpose, plus she needed more flexibility with her kids. That is when AIM Business Advisory Services was born. The name originates with always AIMing for the stars and endless opportunities. For Monja, failure is never an option, and she believes nothing comes to you without hard work. If you fall, get up and keep trying. For her it is ALL about making a difference in other people’s lives.
Have you always wanted to become a chartered accountant?
When I grew up, my parents best friends were farmers in the Delareyville district and we went to the farm regularly. I developed a love for nature and horses on these visits and started horseback riding. Believe me, I fell off a couple of times and got injured, but I climbed back up again. This love for horses made me think of becoming a horse jockey. As I grew up, I realised that I don’t fit the requirements in respect of weight and length.
So, the answer is no.
Why did you decide to become an accountant?
I’m an introvert so I thought this is a good career choice as you work mostly with the numbers. Now I realise being a people’s person is also important. I managed to learn this skill on my career path and now I actually enjoy working with people.
What do you enjoy the most about the work that you do?
Adding value to my client’s business and being there for them as a business partner. I just love it when my clients phone me to get my inputs and opinion on something that is important to them. It’s great to see how that trust relationship evolves. And for me it is super important to have flexibility.
Who is your ideal clientele?
Entrepreneurs to Small Medium Enterprises in any industry.
The key to success is to focus on goals, not obstacles.
“If you keep focusing on what went wrong or the mistakes you make, you will never be able to see the opportunities further down the line.” Monja appreciates the supportiveness of the tribe and the fact that it is a safe space where one can speak your mind without others judging you. With a tribe like ours, aiming for the stars is not impossible.