More than once in my life, someone has commented that I do not fit the stereotypical image of a bookkeeper.  That is surely true, but not only am I good at accounting work, I enjoy it.  Unlike many endeavors in my life, with accounting I can see the fruits of my labor immediately.  No one else needs to approve or acknowledge my accomplishment.  When the books balance it is right there in front of me in black and white - satisfaction, a job well done, bravo.  Accounting is the kind of detail work that feeds a certain part me.  It is a puzzle that needs to be solved.  In this computer age where technology changes every day,,,, bookkeeping remains the same.  I love that.  A double-entry bookkeeping system was known to have been used as far back as 624 AD, and the one we use today goes back to the 1400's. There is a perfection to its design that requires no improvements.  If it works don't fix it.  Fits with my philosophy - keep it real and keep it simple.

Bookkeeping was something that I drifted into after high school.  I worked for a variety of arts and entertainment businesses, and enjoyed the organizational aspects of office work.  While working part-time for a family friend, I was introduced to a CPA that was impressed with me.  He encouraged me to take a few accounting classes and start my own business.  He could be my back-up and our joint efforts would be an asset for his clients.  I began working from home doing books for a variety of companies.  It ended up being a great job for me during my lengthy college years.  Once I received my graduate degree I pursued my psychotherapy career full time and left the bookkeeping behind, except for my own business pursuits.  I did a few accounting jobs during this time period for a major motion picture and a mini-series.  Several years ago I returned to accounting by accident, and that same CPA (who is off doing other things now) was one of my first clients.

Over the past eight years I have become quite familiar with Quickbooks.  I have also become quite familiar with how many people own Quickbooks, attempt to make it work for them, and fail.  Software does not a bookkeeper make.  Nor, does bookkeeping require software.  It just depends on what works best for you.  It appears that bookkeeping has become a lost art.  People think they do not need a bookkeeper if they purchase Quickbooks software.  This thought process is creating a new business for me.  I am most often hired to clean up the mess basically.  This ties in beautifully with Creating Sanctuary.  Financial stressors loom over us with a powerful impact.  When I help you simplify your life on a financial level, it reflects everywhere. Reducing financial stress gives you the opportunity to rise above the mundane.  Concerns over money have far more power than they deserve.  A small amount of time spent in the present can save you much time (and sleepless nights) in the future.

I encourage clients to simplify their bookkeeping process as much as possible.  I will help you customize a system that covers the basics while giving you the information you need to make informed decisions.  A simple system, designed specifically for you, can change your life. A top-notch bookkeeper is an important investment in your business.  Bookkeeping definitely increases your efficiency.  Quality recordkeeping will prevent costly mistakes.  Most importantly, when you know what is going on with your business, and you are confident that your financial records are in order, this gives you the freedom to focus on your business in the ways that you enjoy best.  My goal is to help clients save money and make money, not just take their money.  If I cannot help you and provide a service that I feel good about, then I will not do the work.  If my services do not increase your peace of mind then something is not right.

I am an old-fashioned person that believes in honesty, integrity, and taking pride in your work.  I sincerely want to help you and your business be successful.  If I can teach you how to do your accounting that is great also.  You can use me as back-up.  My work can normally be completed via the phone, internet, and mail, but I also enjoy visits to my office at home in downtown Overland Park (Kansas City suburb).

How it works depends upon your needs.  For some people it can be as easy as sending me bank statements.  How detailed we get is relevant to the type of business you have.  I may do the work monthly, quarterly, or yearly.  These are all things that we would figure out in our initial meeting.  

Knowing that your legal and financial needs are taken care of is very freeing.  This applies to your personal life as well as your business.  I can also keep your personal books, and provide current personal financial statements.  It is comforting knowing that your affairs are in order.

Free yourself ...

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peace of mind bookkeeping

     with jane harlow

creating sanctuary

       with jane harlow