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Bookkeeper in North Texas
When someone asked me, “What does a bookkeeper do?” I explained that I use Quickbooks to track business transactions. When I thought about that conversation later, I realized that I had explained technically what a bookkeeper does, but not what value bookkeepers provide to businesses. So, what makes a bookkeeper valuable?
1. Bookkeepers ensure all transactions are recorded. An accurate record of all transactions may help legally reduce your taxable income. Your taxable income is directly related to the amount of taxes you pay each year.
2. You’ll have more time to focus on your core business, while the bookkeeper focuses on bookkeeping for you.
3. Bookkeeping provides current and historical financial reports of your business which you’ll need if you ever need to take a loan out from the bank or decide to sell your business.
There’s no other way to start this story: I grew up on a cattle farm in east Texas until I was 16. I’ve spent more years of my life living on the farm than not. But from 16-21 my story was pretty much the same as anyone else’s who wanted to attend college. I studied hard and got good grades, to the detriment of every other aspect of life.
After I graduated with a BA in Psychology in 2011, I couldn’t get hired to save my life. I moved back in with my parents in a small town in east Texas and I was desperate for work. My aunt recommended an English school in rural China that she had contacts with. I ended up getting accepted to teach English at the school and taught there for 6 months. After that I started getting noticed more when submitting resumes. I moved around during that time looking for work: Dallas, Austin, Miami. I was making a little money, saving a little more, and gaining incredibly useful business skills, namely bookkeeping, office management, and web development.
Eventually, in 2015 I found myself stagnant at my job, and financially stable enough to quit. I hadn’t planned on self-employment but got a big push in that direction when my former boss called and wanted to hire me on as an SEO contractor. I appreciate that to this day because it encouraged me to create my own value and bet on myself. That was the start of my freelancing business.
So in my self-employment as a bookkeeping services professional, I have continued learning and experimenting with new business skills. I’m currently pursuing my CPA at a local college. I’ve been reading up on entrepreneurialism, accounting, self-promotion and working to incorporate those skills into my life.
I anticipate growing my skills base and passing the CPA exam in next couple of years and I am looking forward with bated breath. I hope to work with new clients, read more novels, and continue the self-education and travel that has brought me precisely where I am.
Thanks for reading!