We had the good fortune of connecting with Kari Beebe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kari, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
I think a lot of people have the perception that bookkeepers are like Bob Cratchit in the corner toiling over ledgers in Scrooge’s “counting house.” Although that might be historically accurate for the 19th century, it is a far cry from the bookkeepers of modern day. We of the profession utilize technology and tools far superior to the dusty volumes of our predecessors.
What’s true is, yes, bookkeepers log all the day in and day out transactions that occur in the bank account of a business. What is also true is those transactions are the building blocks of reporting – reporting that gives us a window into the guts of a business. We see: trends in expenses, wasteful or critical – receivables climbing higher or sinking lower – income ebbing or flowing. Bookkeepers know the ‘health’ of a business and what possible changes can be made to increase the top line, lower expenses, or something else, whatever may increase the ultimate bottom line.
Many business owners have no insight into their numbers and the knowledge those numbers can provide. The right bookkeeper will harness this knowledge in a digestible form, allowing for a collaborative opportunity to make tactical decisions to benefit the business and its owner.
What should our readers know about your business?
The biggest challenge I have on my entrepreneurial is getting in my own way. There are times I have so MANY ideas that I want to implement that I end up with a list a mile long and no clue where to start. I need to step back, prioritize and don’t over think it.
What sets me apart is two-fold. My driving personality trait is humor. Life and work should incorporate a certain level of funny and that style isn’t for everyone, so I’m not a “fit” for some business owners. The second is my niche as a bookkeeper to small law firms. My client base is a broad range of service businesses but the legal field is where I really shine.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Places to visit * Historic Roswell, the second most haunted city in GA after Savannah
* Kennesaw Mtn National Park – a hike with history is always good!
* Cocktails on Lake Allatoona at sunset
* iFly near town center mall – I’ve ALWAYS wanted to do that
* Pure (mexican) downtown Woodstock
* NFA Burger in Dunwoody – Best.Burger.Ever.Period.
* WZ Tavern in Marietta – Lobster Mac & Cheese. Trust me.
* Pig N Chick in Chamblee – BBQ Heaven
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am forever grateful to my local networking group: East Cobb Women in Business. This band of women support, encourage and challenge each other to grow as people and as business owners. The knowledge pool of theses ladies is astounding! Every business owner has their struggles but I rest easy knowing I can count on this group wherever the path of entrepreneurship takes me.