Can you talk a little bit about what you do and how you got into it?

I help business owners organize chaos and get things done. A couple of years ago, friends and other business owners started asking me to help them get organized, or set up some new web tool, or catch up on the thousand things that they had on their plates. So, my consulting business was born.

What is the most satisfying part of being your own boss?

The freedom to do anything! I work when I want, where I want, with the people I want. I take full days off to read when I need inspiration. I travel with my family. Setting my own schedule and having the flexibility to act on ideas are the best perks of the job.

Bench helped me replace Quickbooks, and save about 6 hours per month of horrible accounting work, which is priceless.

How were you doing your bookkeeping before Bench?

Before Bench, I had tried everything. First a local bookkeeper, then an outsourced CFO with a remote login to QuickBooks, then QuickBooks Online. It all felt so fragmented.

What drew you to Bench?

Bench was the missing piece of the puzzle. A reliable, dedicated bookkeeper with a simple, elegant system, at a consistent monthly price. It has the connectedness that I was looking for, the personal interaction, and the simple monthly reports to make sure my business is staying on track.

With Bench, everything just works.

What is your favourite part about working with Bench?

With Bench, everything just works. My transactions are synced and categorized, statements are reconciled, receipts are matched, and I don’t have to worry about a thing. Bench helped me replace QuickBooks, and save about 6 hours per month of horrible accounting work, which is priceless.

What is one thing you wish you had known before you decided to start your own business?

When you first get started, you want to do it all. But the thing I’ve learned over the years is to do as little as possible. Focus on the important work, and delegate the rest. Unless you’re starting a bookkeeping company, you shouldn’t be doing your bookkeeping, for example.

It seems like you outsource and/or automate most things in your life. What are the top three tools you would recommend to other entrepreneurs? (You don’t have to say Bench!)

If I can automate or simplify anything, I will! There are so many great services to recommend, but three that I consistently use are Sanebox, Evernote, and Fancy Hands.