Our Co-Founders, David Poston and Gary Harland saw the potential in Daniela, and invested in her studies in accounting. Ever since, Daniela has been balancing schooling and work, and has successfully completed this year her Bachelor’s degree specializing in accounting, auditing, and financial management of markets and companies at Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE). This educational background makes Daniela an important asset to Portugal Homes as our Head of Accounts, making sure our business is always running smoothly! Daniela has immense drive and dedication to her position within the company, and she is also embarking on completing her Masters degree in accounting and management control.
Beyond Daniela´s expert scope of finance and accounting skills, she is also a huge people-person, always happy to lend a helping hand, or even join in social gatherings with our office team. In Daniela´s downtime, you will find her spending time with friends, heading out for dinner and drinks after a hard day’s work!
I begin my day on time, and discuss what the day is going to be like with my co-workers. Once, I follow up on my emails; I check what I have to do in terms of work, which could be issuing invoices, cross-checking Excel sheets, our bank statements, and making sure that all urgent payments are done.
I like to say that I follow the money. I have to make sure that every money that comes in and out of the accounts is registered and justified. I also deal with budgets and I have to check all the partners and staff commissions, and make sure that all payments are done on time because it has a direct impact on our business.
Obviously, I’ve been studying and working at the same time since my second year in the company, and it’s been my toughest challenge because when you have a lot of things to do and at the same time you have to deal with a lot of pressure. And so I had to learn how to deal with that. And I’m glad everything worked out in the end, but it was a really hard process.
Everything related to numbers speaks to me, the job itself. But I have to say that it’s the fact that I created the job, because when we first started in the beginning, there were no systems. So I had to put all my ideas into it, and it’s something that I’m really proud of!
Yes, definitely! There’s a lot of people here from different nationalities, and it’s interesting how they can give you a different perspective on how to treat clients and how to deal with business.
Yes, all the time. I’m not very verbal with my feelings and emotions, so I’m trying to be more communicative with my co-workers about that so I can improve. And also I’m trying to be more expressive. I’m trying to learn how to express myself better so I can reach more people, more clients and do business in a better way.
Yes, I hope so; I have not stopped growing since I arrived here. So far, the opportunities presented themselves and I took them. So that’s what I want to keep doing. I have so much more room for learning and I like a good challenge.
I’m so grateful in the first place. It’s something that I wanted to do for so long, and I didn’t get to do it for so many reasons. But then David and Gary saw the potential in me, and they gave me this opportunity. So of course, I had to say yes. It’s… I had to sacrifice a lot in doing so because it’s been three years and it’s a lot of work. But I’m so happy that I did and I’m glad that I was successful and I’m very grateful and I hope I could make them proud.
I think it’s great being able to do this with such kind and professional people is the best part of it. It makes the job much easier, also because we also have a very teamwork environment, we are able to be much more professional, efficient and happier.
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