Anna Banks, owner and founder of Au Bookkeeping LLC, recently decided it was time to take her skills and experience as a bookkeeper and start her own side business. Anna shared the story behind her journey and how she plans to reach more customers and ultimately grow the business.
"I'm a bookkeeper by trade," she said. "I have been for more than 10 years. With all the people starting their own businesses, I saw an opportunity to help them with their bookkeeping and accounting. Most of them struggle with accounting software and doing your own books can be overwhelming, frustrating, time consuming and costly. Besides, when a business owner spends too much time doing bookkeeping themselves, they spend less time on growing their own business."
Anna provides virtual bookkeeping services to small and mid sized businesses. She's a QuickBooks ProAdvisor, providing QuickBooks setup, training and consulting. Other services include financial reporting, records cleanup, bank and credit card reconciliation, A/R, A/P, budgeting, payroll and sales tax.
Even though she's operating in a crowded market, Anna believes her approach to business and bookkeeping is what sets her apart from the competition. "For me, it's not about money, it's about helping others and providing an excellent quality service. I focus on building a relationship with other business owners, taking their bookkeeping / accounting stress away and helping them stay focused on running their business."
Looking ahead, Anna, who thoroughly enjoys helping and educating her clients, is focused on growing the business, increasing efficiency, providing the best possible customer service and hiring employees. She's growing her business through a combination of strategies including, chamber of commerce involvement, Facebook and Craigslist advertising and utilizing her extensive network of contacts.
Anna offers the following advice for aspiring entrepreneurs. "Stay focused on your goals and never give up!"