JUST over a year since she started her own conveyancing business, Melinda George has taken out a statewide award.
Having worked previously in a number of city and Sutherland Shire law firms, Ms George, of Dolans Bay, said her latest venture had been "very rewarding."
"It's been everything that I thought it would be, a lot of hard work — as a new business is — almost seven days a week," she said.
She started in a home office before moving to an office at Miranda.
She was eligible for an award as a member of the 1000-strong Australian Institute of Conveyancers NSW division.
She received the Colin Bruce award. Mr Bruce worked at Deposit Power and formed a strong bond with AIC before his death from a brain tumour.
The award recognises an outstanding businesses established for less than two years that has shown initiative in marketing techniques and provides excellent client service.
"I went from having zero clients to 160," Ms George said.
"We are passionate about conveyancing and assisting clients with a mobile and out-of-office hours service in Sutherland Shire, St George and Wollongong.
"We have a lot of elderly clients who prefer us to visit them at their homes rather than attend the office, which we are more than happy to accommodate."
Ms George is the firm's only licensed conveyancer but has a support team of three staff.