Why do I need a bookkeeper? I thought they were dead.

Why do I need a bookkeeper? I thought they were dead.

Due to accounting software and firms, gone are the days of bookkeeping. Or are they?

Meet Michael Levy, owner and senior bookkeeper at Bean Counter 4 Hire. His firm provides cloud accounting and business support to small businesses and self-employed individuals. Michael takes financial fears and, through compassion and counseling, whips businesses into shape.

But Michael didn’t always know that crunching numbers were his calling. Michael admits that “I sort of fell into accounting actually.” After working in restaurants and for an airline, a chance opportunity led him to be a data analyst and then an accounts payable clerk. Michael was bitten by the accounting bug and balanced the books for multiple corporations before launching his own business helping entrepreneurs just like him.

Faith also comes as a focus for Michael, and he uses both Christian principles and accounting guidelines to steer his business forward.

“Our primary objective is that no matter how much we grow internally we will always maintain the small business spirit and minister to each client. As a Christian business owner, it’s extremely important that we witness and minister to our clients. This means showing grace and compassion always, operating with the highest of ethical integrity, and sharing the love of Christ through the work and support we provide.”

 

Both the personal attention and the size of Bean Counter 4 Hire allows Michael and his team to provide personalized attention to each client while staying up to date on the latest innovations. “Thanks to social media, and the internet in general, it’s actually become a daily ritual for me to keep up with market trends; new business tactics and methods, as well as having a great interest in digital marketing which all contribute to my ability to keep up with the business world of today.”

Empowering Small Business

Michael uses technology to his advantage to bring his clients the best and the latest information to help their businesses. “Fortunately, there are limitless opportunities for new business and product offerings as we have created our company to operate and function using the most innovative technologies. As the technology world grows it helps businesses like ours offer more and more value to our clients. By embracing these technologies we are able to empower and provide our clients with the best possible tools and resources to help them run as efficiently and productively as possible.”

Merging both his entrepreneurial spirit with his accounting know-how, Michael provides a distinctive offering for small businesses looking for financial fixes.

“A unique thing we bring to the table is our ingenuity and innovative approach to supporting business as well as our small business and entrepreneurial spirit. We can relate to our clients, their struggles, and their passion for being their best.”

 

And, best of all, Michael loves what he does. “The thing I most enjoy about my job is connecting with bookkeepingall sorts of people that have all sorts of problems and providing innovative and creative solutions. Additionally, I enjoy running my own business as it’s extremely fulfilling to be the boss and have the ability to be creative and make decisions along with having the ability to work from home and spend more time with my family.”

Thanks to Michael Levy, bookkeeping is alive and well. Find out more about Bean Counter 4 Hire at BEANCOUNTER4HIRE.com.


 

How to Grill in the Winter Months

How to Grill in the Winter Months

Grilling tips: successfully grill in cooler temps

  • Pre-cook chicken and other meats in the microwave for one minute, stir and then cook another minute. It actually expedites the cooking process while conserving propane and decreasing your time spent outdoors. Make cuts smaller because it decreases cook times as well.
  • Stop Peeking! -Use a timer and lift the lid as little as possible. Opening the lid to check on food extends cooking time as the grill loses heat quickly.
  • Avoid using the side burner because of heat loss during the cooking process. It will take longer to reach the boiling point or to cook your food.
  • Use a grill with a high BTU rating for maximum heat output.
  • Make sure that you have heat resistant gloves and do not use anything flammable near the grill.

Our neighbor once gave me great grilling advice when I lived in Mississippi. I really had no idea how to leverage the grill properly. It’s not a simple process, it takes more prep time than I had originally thought and the grill demands respect.

 

grilling bbq winter

 He gave me two awesome tips, first, “Propane grills can be harder to light in the cold”, he told me. To make it easier, he said: “Don’t turn the handwheel on your propane tank all the way on.” He insisted, “try turning it just a single turn before lighting.” Secondly, he taught me how to season my grill by preheating the grill to about 300°F, turn it off and liberally apply vegetable oil with a brush or spray bottle. Close the grill and allow it to sit for around 20 minutes. Take a warm damp cloth and wipe the cooking surface clean. This process has nothing to do with the seasoning of the food, but it has everything to do with protecting your grates!

Enjoy your grilling time this winter and please be safe!

How to Make Space with a Lego Table

How to Make Space with a Lego Table


Lego Table: Old Armoire Doors, Things from Amazon and BAM!

My kiddos needed a place to  store all of the components from their Lego sets so I bought various materials on Smile.Amazon.com, found a few unused items, hired my husband and created a Lego table from old armoire doors.

Please watch the video to understand the process of making this custom Lego station.

 

Many time kids just don’t understand where they need to put things when they clean up their spaces. This station helps them understand the need for organization and helps parents set expectations. It’s been a Godsend for our family! Finding additional space in our homes is a must. If you need help choosing materials or constructing the project just ask a family member or friend for advice. In many instances, this DIY method will be less expensive than a manufactured product.

Below are the items that I chose for this Lego table:

  • Armoire doors
  • 2 x Lego panels
  • Storage bins
  • Twine
  • Hinges
  • Adhesive caulk
  • Cordless Drill
  • Oscillating Saw
  • Wood and drywall Screws