ProAdvisor Karen Siewert will teaching “Specializing in the Contractor Industry” at this year “Scaling New Heights®” conference on Monday, June 5. Here, she describes her journey and triumph over her Yeti.
How did I face the Yeti? He met me on my journey and, without my construction hat on, hit me in the head. My journey in this field began after I had my first child and wanted to work part-time. A local contractor needed a part-time bookkeeper – tag, I was it. (Homestead Design, Essex Junction, VT)
That was in 1984. This company was in its infancy and needed talented help. I was up for the challenge. As they grew, I did too – in knowledge about the industry. I converted their system twice, wired their new building, investigated their hardware needs, learned about the technology requirements of software, and became a local instructor for the industry-specific software they were using.
I took on bookkeeping for a kitchen and bath designer who had a storefront, and a small contractor who did miscellaneous jobs. The general contractor was using QuickBooks, and I converted the kitchen designer to QuickBooks at that time.
Every ProAdvisor must assess the client’s needs with them so they are aware of what they can or can’t do with either program.
I was contacted by the CFO of Bruegger’s who had moved on to another franchise as their CFO for assistance with their Fixed Assets. I explained QuickBooks could do this in an inexpensive way for their reporting needs using the Job Costing and Estimating available in the software. […]