I heard you on the radio about 3 months ago on WNZF in Flagler Beach FL. I immediately bought your book and I finally had time to finish it on Kindle. I was blown away after reading only 25%!
I am a bookkeeper with a business partner and an almost 3 year-old very small but growing business, specializing in small businesses and entrepreneurs. I have been working with Quicken and taught others how to use it for as long as it has been around, and QuickBooks for 15 years. I worked on paper before all that. Yup, I'm pretty old.
I am not a schooled bookkeeper. Early on, I took a few QuickBooks lessons from a certified professional, but mostly I have been self-taught, had OTJ training, and been approved by the tax professionals I work with. I've read other books and learned little. Your ability to take some complicated bookkeeping concepts and put simple words to them and insert some humor taught me more than I’ve learned in a long time.
Radically Simple Accounting is the book I would have loved to have written had I achieved the level you are. I applaud you for your background and accomplishments. My mouth dropped several times in the first 2 chapters because I use a few of the tricks you use and I thought I made them up! e.g. Putting a "z" before an account or a file no longer in use but needed.
I completely agree with you when you say that bookkeeping is a science and an art. I use both sides of my brain pretty well and I have always thought that. I love puzzles and consider my profession as putting together puzzles. I don't like not having all the pieces, however. Also, we've had to fire a couple clients because they wanted us to be too creative.
I find that the hardest part of earning new clients is that they don't seem to understand how crucial bookkeeping is. I know there is so much more I could do for some if they let me. I loved your chapters on analyzing clients’ finances with reports to help them see how they can become more profitable. We have clients who are finally starting to listen, because now I am armed with the words you gave me to help me inform them. We are extending our services to estate bookkeeping.
I wrote this because I cannot praise you enough for putting so many of my own thoughts to paper, and reaffirming my chosen work. I didn't mean it to be a litany, but thank you if you have read this far.
My very best regards,
Madison Bookkeeping Service, LLC