Hi, my name is Beverly Hacker and I'm the owner of BeanCounter.Solutions, a consulting firm that helps small businesses set up or clean up their QuickBooks accounting systems and then teaches them how to make the best use of this powerful platform. I started my career as a bookkeeper, then went back to school to get an accounting degree and becoming a Certified Public Accountant. The timing was perfect, because my joining a small accounting firm coincided with the introduction of personal computers in business and the creation of the original QuickBooks system – that would be in the early 1980s. Since I have a very strong geek streak, I jumped right into the whole idea of doing accounting on computers, and I've been doing it ever since.
I'm one of those folks that did a mid-career switch by becoming the executive director of a community radio station that was operated by a local nonprofit. That meant that I had to use what I knew about accounting and business management and add more skills like fundraising, media programming, and volunteer training. That also sent me back to school for a degree in Media Literacy and teaching media studies at Webster and Lindenwood Universities.
With BeanCounter.Solutions, I've combined all of my interests in computers, accounting, teaching and helping small businesses. One of the things that I've noticed as I've worked with a variety of small businesses and nonprofits is that they very often are frustrated with their accounting systems and feel that not only is it too difficult, but they don't think they are getting any value from the work they put in. I also see that in nearly all cases, that frustration can be alleviated, but finding out exactly how they do business, what kind of information they are looking for and then setting up the system to fit those needs. But that is just the beginning – they also need to learn how to get their information into the system in the most efficient way and they need to know when it's time to call on outside experts for help. So, I use a ‘teach a man to fish' philosophy. My goal is to get folks set up and trained to do as much as they want to on their own and help them when they need it after that. It's a bit of a crazy business model, because if I do it well, I actually work myself out of a job. That's OK with me, because I know that will enable me to help another client in the same way.