Welcome to Pharsyde Accounting
You opened a business to create freedom.
You opened a business to create wealth.
You opened a business to create a legacy.
But it might be proving harder to get there than you originally thought. Mainly because us business owners don’t know what we don’t know. Which means, we don’t know what questions to ask, and who to ask.
And because we don’t know who and what to ask, we muddle along, doing the best we can, desperately trying to learn off Google and social media! And we end up overworked, overwhelmed, underpaid and exhausted!
That is why you need a good accountant. An accountant who helps you form the right questions. An accountant who helps you find the answers! An accountant who helps you build a business. An accountant that helps you build momentum while remaining profitable and sustainable. An accountant who can help you to keep growing and to keep going in the right direction. An accountant who stops you from burning out.
Frankly, you need more than “just” accountants.
You need advisors. You need number wizards. You need cashflow magicians. You need coaches and mentors. You need a sounding board, and idea partners. You need partners who take you from striving, to thriving.
You need a team of business builders. And that is exactly who we aim to be for you.
At Pharsyde, we don’t just want to be your accountants. We don’t just want to be your advisors. We believe in the power of collaboration – so we want to come alongside you and become part of your team, part of your business.
Because you have a dream. You opened this business with a purpose. We want you to achieve that purpose, to realise that vision – and in order for you to do that, you need to be unencumbered with financial admin and equipped with financial knowledge. You need to be free to do what you do best, while also being able to understand, rely on and use the information in your financial reports.
It is our job to help you and your business succeed. We take the boring (but stressful) stuff off your plate – no more bookkeeping and tax for you! We reduce the overwhelm so that you can focus on what you do best, with complete peace of mind that all the necessary is being done – and being done properly. But – more importantly – we help you use your numbers!
We pride ourselves on making you look good. We want to give you the support and tools that you need to be the best business-person you can be.
We believe that every business is unique, so we purpose-build our services to meet your needs and to make it possible for you to achieve your goals. We love working with ambitious, passionate business owners who want to grow their business and do more. We come alongside you and help you develop your business, creating something magical, together!
As a business owner, you have the power to create a better world with your business.
Let’s create one together!
Who We Are
Pharsyde was founded by Tamryn Dicks in 2007. She thought that being good at accounting would naturally translate into being good at running an accounting business. She was wrong.
Over time, and due to her own learning curves, burnout, failure and successes, Tamryn evolved Pharsyde, taking it from being simply an accounting firm, to being a complete business-development powerhouse for business owners.
We are a group of people who love numbers, love nature, believe in small business and want to do good in the world.
We are number wizards, growth gurus and business developers – who want to see our clients’ dreams – your dreams – come true.
Meet the Management
We are a proudly women-led business! We believe that our femininity means we are able to provide care and support, while still having the resilience and grit required to help you through the tough times.
At the head, you will find Tamryn Dicks and Izelle Badenhorst – two qualified accountants who are passionate about helping small businesses succeed.
Adding to our core team is Ronell Janse van Rensburg and Linda de Paiva, two strong, vibrant and amazing women who are as passionate about making a difference as they are passionate about recording the KPIs for that difference.
We are a small team, but we are supported by a phenomenal team of bookkeepers, accountants, tax consultants, corporate transaction specialists, business developers, and other experts – all intent on ensuring that you get the best service with the best results.
We are also passionate about business being a force for good in the world! As such, we are a B1G1 “Business for Good” (you can read all about it, here) AND we also opened up our own non-profit organisation, Pharsyde Foundations so that we could be directly involved in building a happy South African future. You can read all about that, here!
Accounting is just the start. We want you to use your numbers to create something special – so obviously, they need to be correct!
But, we want to do more than simple compliance for you. Number wizards don’t get excited simply because your accounting is in order – the purpose of accounting isn’t found in tax returns!
Honestly, we get about as excited as you do about getting your bookkeeping done. There is no fun in simple data capture, the fun is in the power you wield when you use your numbers to create growth. That’s when the magic happens.
Complete Outsourced Finance
Business owners spend an average of 15 hours per week on financial admin! Imagine what you could do with an extra 15 hours every week! How much further along would your business be if you were spending 15 hours a week on business development, sales and customer care? How much better would your mental health be if you were spending an extra 15 hours per week on self care?
Outsource your financial department to us, and use your extra 60 hours per month to change your business and your life!
Invoicing and Collections
BBB-EE Support (South Africa only)
The chief financial officer CFO) holds the top financial position in an organisation. They are responsible for tracking cash flow, for financial planning and for analysing the company’s financial strengths (and weaknesses) and for proposing strategic direction. They are extremely valuable – and as such, they earn very, very big salaries. Salaries that small businesses normally can’t afford.
Instead of forking out a massive chunk of your hard-earned cash for a full-time board member, you can outsource some (or all) of the CFO functions to us. We can help you to track your cashflow and your financial performance, help you to build better strategies and help you to protect your business from risk. We can be your trusted board member for a fraction of the cost of a full-time CFO. Give it a try!
Performance Management – strategically plan your performance for the year, and then monitor your progress. We don’t just help you set it all up, we offer ongoing support and advice, making sure that you stay on track and achieve your goals.
Profitability enhancement – we want you to maximise your profits. This service is all about increasing profit. We review your business operations, paying attention to the universal nine drivers of profit and we help you make more money.
Cashflow Improvement – Cash is the lifeblood of a business. You can have the greatest business idea that has ever been, but if you can’t pay wages, creditors and bills, you are going to have to close your doors. We will help you to forecast your cashflows, make plans for the rainy days and, improve your cashflow overall. And more: we will help you set up and analyse different scenarios and answer some of your “what if?” questions too!
Systems development – we review your current business systems and protocols and then help them create standardised policies and procedures for all functions within the business. You need this service if you want to improve your efficiencies, if you want to grow your team, or if you are ready to scale.
And a few other services, read about our complete management solutions here.
Business Development Support
Executive coaching and Business Mentorship
(If you take a Business Development package with us, you could get our Business Development Support services at a much lower rate, or even for free!)
All of our services are available as couture monthly packages. We will meet with you to determine the exact nature of the services you need, you determine the service level you want and we tailor a package especially for you.
How we work
Step 1: Questions
Please complete our questionnaire to see if we are a good fit for each other. Don’t like questionnaires? Book an introductory chat instead.
Step 2: Meet
We want to have a nice long chat about who you are, what makes you tick and how your business works.
Step 3: Think
You go back about your business and we put our minds to creating the perfect solution for all of your problems.
Step 4: Solution
We will provide you with a complete solution proposal.
Step 5: Accept
You pick the solution that works for you and sign our engagement letter.
Step 6: Domination
Together, we build the business that changes the world.
We have completely embraced the future and taken our business online. There are so many benefits for going digital – so many that we actually have a whole booklet about it! But the three biggest benefits of our digital ecosystem are:
Reduced environmental impact
So, what do this mean for you?
We don’t really do offices. Our entire team may work from home, or anywhere they wish. We have an office in Johannesburg that team members can use if they wish, and we have some really fun functions there, but all our other locations are virtual-only. This makes our team happy and it reduces unnecessary electricity and water usage!
We do virtual meetings. This doesn’t mean you can’t have contact with a human being – we have warm and caring team members who are here because they are passionate about problem-solving and they WANT to help you. But there are fewer carbon emissions involved when we meet online instead of driving to a meeting – plus, you get to save on travel time and use those hours far more efficiently generating income for your business!
We use cloud-based software. This enables our employees to work from anywhere, but it also improves our efficiency and gives you the ability to have instant access to your information. It also opens up your business to the marvelous world of online apps. Think of the biggest problem your business is facing right now…. There is almost certainly an app for that!
We don’t do paperwork. Shock and awe. An accounting firm that doesn’t do paper! Nope. We use Dext Prepare and other wonderful online document solutions. We can receive, send, store and backup your documents without wasting a sheet of paper – and it’s safe and secure too!
So, with all of that in mind, if you would like to have us solve your problems for you, the next step is to book a meeting!
We have a nice virtual coffee chat. We will have a natter about you and your business, what you are looking for and where you want to go, to see if we are a good fit for each other.
If we believe we can help you, then we book a complete Deep-Dive Diagnostic with you. This is where you tell us everything that keeps you up at night – we are going to find solutions and help you have a peaceful night’s sleep again!
We use the Deep Dive to create your unique tailored package. We deliver tailored solutions, designed to meet your specific requirements and we give you three package choices per solution.
If you believe that the solution we present will indeed solve your problems, you pick your package and you sign a monthly retainer with us. Then we begin developing something special with you.
And, if you just realised that we’re based in South Africa and you’re not – don’t despair! We are a 100% digital company and business is a universal language – so we can help you no matter where you are. Give us a shout and we’ll show you how!
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“Early on in our business journey we began using the services of Pharsyde. Pharsyde very quickly became a key component of our business - making sure all our finances and taxes were in order, and most importantly acting as a trusted accounting guide for a new business. The incredible services Pharsyde provide enabled us to focus on what we do best knowing that our accounting requirements were in hand. From same day invoicing, to quick replies on queries, Pharsyde’s service is consistent, friendly and reliable. We’d highly recommend Pharsyde to any business wanting a collaborative accounting partner.”
Director, Ixio Analytics
"Pharsyde Accounting have been a tremendous asset to the two Ghanaian Companies I assist with monthly Management Accounts. The dedication and assistance I receive from the Pharsyde team is above and beyond my expectations. Thank you for always going the extra mile to assist and for providing the reports accurately and timeously. I highly recommend Tamryn and her team."
Atlas Wealth and Dwennimen Group, Ghana
“Pharsyde Accounting is by far the most professional and dedicated accounts management team I have worked with for my South African businesses. The level of commitment and willingness to help on all matters financial is just off the charts excellent. I highly recommend Tamryn and her team to anyone who wants to focus on growing their business, knowing that the financial engine room is managed perfectly”
Feather Face Consulting, South Africa
GreenEarth Plants CC
“The Pharsyde is everything you could want from a bookkeeping service – efficient, informative and detail-oriented!”
“The Pharsyde have been doing my tax returns for a few years to date and I can honestly say that my tax returns are always done timeously with me not having to worry about a thing.
Tamryn is always at hand to respond to my tax and accounts queries, and even though she sometimes has to repeat explaining some returns to me, she always does in her stride and with the utmost patience.
I have found The Pharsyde wonderful to work with and would be hard pressed if I ever had to take my returns to anyone else.
Thanks Pharsyde for providing such a quick and professional service!”
Training Consultant, Assessor & Moderator, South Africa
“Pharsyde Accounting has been responsible for managing our company accounts and tax obligations, as well as our Members’ tax affairs, over the last seven years. In our view they have provided an excellent service at reasonable cost and have been more than willing to go the extra mile to solve any issues that have arisen. As a result, we have a very good working relationship with Pharsyde.”
Core Geotechnical Consultants, South Africa
“Sundowner Adventures has been using Pharsyde for our book keeping and financials for over ten years and have consistently received excellent service. I would definitely recommend Tamryn and her team.”
Sundowner Adventures (Owner)
“A wonderful help, counsel and source of good ideas around our accounting. Tamryn is a joy to work with, understands her field exceptionally well and gets things done. What more can you ask for?”
"Our accounting process has positively improved since Pharsyde Accounting took over. We receive regular reports and needed reconciliations and they are always on time. Pharsyde is always ready to assist us and has proven to be very resourceful.”
Toro Financial Planners (Pty) Ltd (Director)
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