Meet Candy Messer of Affordable Bookkeeping and Payroll
I was working as a full-charge bookkeeper for a company when someone asked me to help her with her husband’s bookkeeping as it was her responsibility and she hated much of it. When I finally agreed, I realized I needed to find a few more clients to make the cost of licenses to operate worth the expense. A year later, my husband told me to quit my job as customers liked the service I offered and I needed more time to help them n my own business. In 2005, I moved from my home into an office space and began to build my team. I now have eight employees working in my firm with me.
The road over the years has had quite a few struggles along the way. From my starting the business not knowing what it took to run a company (I hadn’t been exposed to entrepreneurship and didn’t know about pricing, marketing, setting strong boundaries, collecting from non-paying clients, and more). I had a degree in business management, but it’s much different doing it in real life compared to the theory learned in school. Because I’m a trusting and loyal person, I didn’t expect people to take advantage of me, and I learned the hard way that not everyone has the same values as me. I still have to juggle my heart and head sometimes, and I don’t always make the right decisions. But I do my best.
Affordable Bookkeeping and Payroll Services helps overwhelmed entrepreneurs with bookkeeping, payroll, sales tax, 1099s, and other mandatory filings for local, state, and federal entities. By working with us, clients have peace of mind and the freedom to do the parts of the business they love. We also help businesses monitor and plan for needed cash flow, review performance, and see where changes can be made to achieve greater results. Because we are a full-service payroll company, we can provide all the necessary services to our customers in one place making it much more efficient for them to only have one company for their compliance needs. We also schedule taxes based on their filing schedule rather than the day payroll is run allowing businesses to have their cash for longer. And we customize our proposals to the specific needs of the client giving them the flexibility that many other bookkeeping firms don’t offer. Although our payroll clients are in all types of industries, including household employers, our bookkeeping clients generally are service-based companies.
I define success as providing employment to my staff by offering needed services to our clients and giving them the peace of mind they seek. Dealing with government agencies and filing requirements is often scary for entrepreneurs, especially if they are trying to do most of the work themselves to run a successful small business. When I hear someone breathe a sigh of relief after engaging our services, or I receive an e-mail thanking us for all we’ve done, I know we are making a difference in their lives. I also believe success is making a positive impact on the community, and I strive to do what I can to bring a smile to the faces of those around me, whether through personal or professional endeavors.