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I Love Bookkeeping

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I Love Bookkeeping is a global community of Bookkeeping Professionals. We all bleed bookkeeping and want to grow and prosper our businesses. This podcast is for Bookkeeping Professionals who serve clients, and it’s for the woman or man who aspires to join our great industry. Join Ben Robinson every Tuesday to geek out on Bookkeeping.


What Corona Means to Bookkeepers and How to Profit From It with Paul Colligan
May 26 • 28 min
We are in the middle of some strange times right now but even with the challenges we’ve seen so far, we’ve also seen several people connect better with their audiences. [1:55] There have been several unique opportunities that have emerged since…
Your Vision for the Future with Kim Erick - Encore Presentation
May 19 • 56 min
Kim started in late August of 2017 after purchasing Bookkeeper Business Launch. Four days later she registered her business name and closed her first client, who later on became her husband. [3:00] Kim had been in the banking industry for 16 years and…
How to Differentiate Yourself from the Competition with Melissa Broughton - Encore Presentation
May 12 • 56 min
Melissa was working 70 to 80 hours a week at her job and was starting to get really burned out. She decided that she needed to make a change and that was when she was injured during a run. This gave her plenty of time to look for opportunities to work…
Team and Execution with Jaime Rodriguez - Encore Presentation
May 5 • 54 min
Jaime has been running his bookkeeping business for the past two years and has acquired 13 clients in that time. He’s hoping to get more clients and continue growing, but it’s a scary thing to think about. [3:10] When Jaime first started, he was…
When, How and Who to Hire with Tracy Thomas - Encore Presentation
Apr 28 • 56 min
Tracy had been in the accounting world for 20 years and decided to leave the corporate world to spend more time with her kids. She ended up driving a school bus for a little while and decided that she needed to find a way to combine her love of…
Processes for Sanity with Justin Boynton - Encore Presentation
Apr 21 • 58 min
When Justin was 19 years old, he was introduced to the idea of owning a business but he felt like he wasn’t ready to go it on his own. He decided on a career in banking which worked out well enough for the first few years until his wife told him…
How to Get Away from the Day-to-Day with Amy McLaughry - Encore Presentation
Apr 14 • 59 min
Amy worked at a bank for 14 years and eventually it became not worth the hours she had to put in anymore, so she decided to retire. This led her to thinking about what else she could do for work, ideally from home. Since she was good with numbers…
Relay Financial with Yoseph West
Apr 7 • 19 min
Relay Financial offers a number of creative solutions to bookkeeping professionals. Yoseph previously worked at a company called Hubdoc where he learned about the pain points of small business owners and bookkeepers around financial statements. [2:35]…
Balancing Life with Work with Alyssa Lang
Mar 31 • 35 min
Alyssa originally started her business four years ago focused on doing her client’s taxes after falling in love with accounting in school. It wasn’t until a client asked Alyssa to help repair their books that she got into bookkeeping, but at this…
Focus on What’s Important with Tracy Rosenberry - Encore Presentation
Mar 24 • 60 min
Tracy’s 35th birthday really changed things for her. She was working as a substitute teacher and wasn’t really enjoying it when her husband suggested that taxes may be a way to go. She stumbled upon some videos put together by Ben Robinson, and…
How to Pick Your Niche with Kirstin Reeder - Encore Presentation
Mar 17 • 60 min
Kirsten took an accounting class in high school many years ago and she really enjoyed it. She eventually dropped out of college where she was studying accounting and became a mother. She was a stay-at-home mom for 18 years and tried a number of…
Prospecting for Quality Clients with Ben Day - Encore Presentation
Mar 10 • 57 min
Ben had graduated with his degree in 2017 and worked part-time for a local music guy, which was great until music turned out to be not very lucrative. After getting hooked by a Facebook ad, Ben decided to check out a great course that helped him…
How to Build a Team Culture with Shelby Pitzel
Mar 3 • 28 min
Shelby started her bookkeeping business in 2017. Prior to starting the business, Shelby was the CEO/CFO of a manufacturing company, but once she got pregnant she realized that what she really wanted was the freedom to be at home with her new family….
Your Biggest Payday Ever: Selling Your Bookkeeping Biz with Tanya Hirschy
Feb 25 • 41 min
Tanya grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to Chicago for school. It was there that she met her husband and decided to settle down. Dealing with the chaos of having six children and a thriving business has been a challenge, but Tanya manages every day….
Reflection: Beach Series 3
Feb 18 • 5 min
This is the final episode of the beach series, the first covering the power of masterminds. If you haven’t started looking into getting into your own mastermind, you are missing a huge opportunity for your business. The second covered innovation in…
Innovation: Beach Series 2
Feb 11 • 8 min
Innovation in the bookkeeping industry is coming down the pipe. What bots can do is going to revolutionize the industry in the next six months. [1:20] If you’re prepared, that can be a good thing for your business. If you took away everything you…
Masterminds: Beach Series 1
Feb 4 • 7 min
Ben is part of a mastermind called the War Room put on by Digital Marketer and the information shared in the group is game changing. If you’re going to look for a mastermind for yourself (and you should), make sure you find one that gets together in…
How a Digital Bookkeeper is Much Different from Everyone Else
Jan 28 • 8 min
Times have changed and we now live in the digital age. Just like how televisions have been completely transformed over the past 20 years, bookkeeping has changed as well. [2:10] We hear a lot of talk about bots and automated bookkeeping and frankly…
F#¢k Busy Season - It doesn’t have to be like this
Jan 21 • 6 min
Busy season doesn’t have to be busy. We should always be looking at the way things have been done “traditionally” and questioning why they are that way. [1:05] Things aren’t set in stone, we just get stuck in a rut doing the work the way that…
The RIGHT Way to Present Financial Statements to Clients
Jan 14 • 12 min
There are a lot of poor practices when it comes to presenting financial statements. When you present financial statements to your clients, you should always present three documents: the balance sheet, the income statement, and the statement of cash…
How to do Referral Marketing
Jan 7 • 10 min
You have a true business once you have a marketing system that delivers quality clients in a predictable and consistent manner. [1:25] Marketing comes down to three fundamental elements: your market, your message, and your medium. Most people focus on…
Mindset: The Most Important Component of Success
Dec 31, 2019 • 7 min
Mindset is one of the most important things you can learn about. It basically boils down to how to get the things that you want and avoid the things you don’t want. [0:40] When you work for yourself, everything comes down to you and staying…
How to Not Suck at Marketing: the 3 Ms
Dec 24, 2019 • 12 min
Most people get marketing wrong because they don’t understand the fundamentals. The three essential components of marketing are your market, your message, and your medium. [1:30] The very first thing you need to get solid on is your market. 40% of…
What to Do With Shady Clients (How to fire them with tact)
Dec 17, 2019 • 10 min
We’ve all had shady clients. The question is what you should do when encounter one? For Ben, he gets rid of them as quickly as possible. [1:15] There isn’t an easy solution if a shady client makes up a good portion of your business’s revenue,…
How to Get Great Online Reviews
Dec 10, 2019 • 10 min
Getting online reviews is the lifeblood of a virtual bookkeeping business. Reviews are one of the first things people look at when considering whether to buy a product or service, without them a certain element of trust is missing. [1:35] Where are…
How to Get Quality Bookkeeping Clients
Dec 3, 2019 • 15 min
Everybody needs to be marketing, but that doesn’t mean you have to take on clients. One of the cardinal sins in this business is to stop marketing. [1:10] Your message needs to be going out into the marketplace all the time. It takes time for the…
Bookkeeping Niches: Deep Dive
Nov 26, 2019 • 13 min
Niche marketing is one of the keys to success for 21st century bookkeepers because you have to go deeper with your clients. If you’re working with a number of different niches, you won’t be able to fully understand your client’s businesses or…
How to Research Your Niche with Heather Phillips
Nov 19, 2019 • 32 min
Heather has always had a desire to help people and that’s reflected in the jobs she’s had in her life. Once her daughter was born, Heather decided she wanted to stay home with her. After a few years, she wanted to explore working again. She looked…
Overcoming Difficulty in Business
Nov 12, 2019 • 11 min
We all face difficult things in our lives, but on the other side of difficulty is usually some victory. For example, getting through the Air Force’s basic training and passing the CPA exam. [1:20] It wasn’t what I expected, but I persevered,…
How to Create More Time for Yourself with Kelly Moreland
Nov 5, 2019 • 35 min
Kelly wears a number of different hats. She’s a mom of three little boys, a wife to a husband who travels a lot for business, a landlady and real estate investor, on top of her bookkeeping business. [3:30] The real estate side of things were…
How to Protect Yourself from AI + Automation
Oct 29, 2019 • 11 min
All the things we do in bookkeeping are generally historical, but where we want to take it is in interpreting the data so that you can actually give your clients advice. [1:55] Before starting with advisory services, you need to be able to produce…
How to avoid growing your Bookkeeping business TOO fast with Erin Bardsley
Oct 22, 2019 • 34 min
Erin has had her bookkeeping business for just over a year. She was a stay-at-home mom facing a divorce and needed to figure out something flexible and lucrative. In many ways, bookkeeping seemed too good to be true. [3:00] Erin was formerly a school…
How to Fight Back on Scope Creep
Oct 15, 2019 • 7 min
Scope creep is not a good thing and it tends to run rampant in most client relationships. The question is what do we do when a client asks us to do something that we didn’t agree to do? [0:45] If you’re working with exceptional clients, this…
Turn your Practice into a Business with David Cristello
Oct 8, 2019 • 51 min
David started out like most entrepreneurs, looking for painful problems to solve. He worked as a freelance marketer and saw a lot of accounting firms struggle with various aspects of their business including project management. [3:45] He realized…
You’re Doing Too Much in Your Bookkeeping Business with Randy Ballen
Oct 1, 2019 • 34 min
Randy started her bookkeeping business after the age of 50. She had been working in a dance studio for over ten years until things went awry, and she felt that if there was no security in the traditional job market anymore she might as well do things…
How To Get More Done In Half The Time - Process Optimization
Sep 24, 2019 • 10 min
Once you’ve documented your processes and created the checklists, you need to put yourself into a different frame of mind and ask “how do I improve on these?” [0:55] One of the biggest traps that people fall into is documenting their processes…
How to Effectively Document Processes
Sep 17, 2019 • 10 min
One of the most common questions that Ben gets is around documenting processes because they are often all over the place. [0:35] The first thing to do is to distinguish between process documentation and process improvement. Whether or not you have…
The Pros and Cons of Working with Startups with Jessie White
Sep 10, 2019 • 45 min
Jessie has a background in education and actually worked as a history teacher. One day in her third year, she wanted to teach some new classes and was given a flat refusal from her boss. At that point, she realized her days as a teacher were numbered….
How to Double Your Revenue with Brooke Swan
Sep 3, 2019 • 47 min
Brooke started off in the industry as an account manager with a construction company, until one day she got fired which was a first for her. Brooke was a day trader for a few years after that but once that became stale, she started looking for other…
How to Create Consistent Systems with Simplicity with Dave Rice
Aug 27, 2019 • 47 min
Dave and his wife have been working together for a long time. She took on the bookkeeping side of things, while Dave had been running his pharmacy. After selling off the business and traveling for a while, they got into real estate investing and…
How to Document & Offload Processes with Kevin Schmidt
Aug 20, 2019 • 45 min
Kevin has been hustling his entire life. Multiple streams of revenue have always been a focus for him and that has manifested into multiple businesses during his adult life. [6:00] Math had always been a favorite subject for Kevin, and he worked with…
Creating a Vision for Your Bookkeeping Business with Kevin Sterling
Aug 13, 2019 • 40 min
Kevin started off in the IT world and he quickly got pretty tired of getting yelled at all the time. One of his friends started a business, and Kevin started doing the IT stuff for it, which eventually developed into business management. After that…
How to Work with High Quality Clients with Annette Woods
Aug 6, 2019 • 50 min
Prior to bookkeeping, Annette was a dental hygienist for 35 years. Her life was very structured, and every minute of her time was accounted for. Her journey into bookkeeping was pretty tumultuous. After her husband suddenly died, at the age of 56, she…
Let it Go, Let it Go…with Jackie Anthony
Jul 30, 2019 • 49 min
Jackie’s family had always wanted to live in America so her family moved to LA, but for various reasons, it didn’t work out. She needed to set something up that was relevant to her degree in order for it to be seen as successful in the eyes of…
Who to Hire First and How to Do It with Jessica Albee
Jul 23, 2019 • 50 min
Jessica’s personal style is hyper feminine, but deep down she likes math and numbers. That synthesis is where the moniker Sparkle Bookkeeping came from. [2:50] When Jessica was in college she had an opportunity to work for a cannabis tax firm, and…
How to Combat Scope Creep with Jenna Lombardo
Jul 16, 2019 • 35 min
Jenna used to work as an auditor, but the position involved being surrounded by negative people as well as physical demands that didn’t work with her family’s schedule. After getting denied when she tried to adjust her work schedule, Jenna…
How to Dominate Your Niche with Kerrie Maynes
Jul 9, 2019 • 43 min
Kerrie went into corporate accounting after getting her accounting degree. She decided after 5 years that it wasn’t her cup of tea and opened her own business that lasted for a couple of years. A major move meant she had to find something else and…
Why You Should Not Hire a Bookkeeper…Yet with Heather Denning
Jul 2, 2019 • 45 min
Heather got her accounting degree in 2014 and worked in corporate accounting for a few years. That’s when she realized that she was meant to be her own boss and really didn’t enjoy the corporate environment. She discovered Bookkeeping Business…
How to Be a Niche Authority with Elizabeth Olsen
Jun 25, 2019 • 48 min
Elizabeth was looking for a way to earn money that also allowed her to spend time with her children. Bookkeeper Business Launch seemed like a good fit so she signed up in August of 2017. She didn’t originally do much with the program until she was…
How to Do Online Networking with Ashley Schmitz
Jun 18, 2019 • 39 min
Ashley is very organized and isn’t afraid to ask for help which is the thing that makes her business possible. [2:15] Ashley was a stay-at-home mom to her four kids in the beginning, but she always wanted to be able to contribute more to her family…
How to Be Your Client’s Advisor with Mary Andersen
Jun 11, 2019 • 48 min
Mary can remember always being good at bookkeeping, even when she was young. While going to school, she worked full time in a corporate office in the accounting department for three years. She never finished her bachelor’s degree. Instead, she moved…
How to Differentiate Yourself from the Competition with Melissa Broughton
Jun 4, 2019 • 56 min
Melissa was working 70 to 80 hours a week at her job and was starting to get really burned out. She decided that she needed to make a change and that was when she was injured during a run. This gave her plenty of time to look for opportunities to work…
Superman with Christopher Aborqui
May 28, 2019 • 56 min
In January of 2018, Christopher was two years away from retiring from the military and was thinking about the future. He wanted to figure out how he was going to make money once he was out and found the Bookkeeper Business Launch course and thought…
How to Add Advisory Services with Hannah Yoder
May 21, 2019 • 43 min
Hannah found that with her previous business she was traveling a lot and wasn’t able to spend much time with her husband. She was researching jobs that she could do from home at that time and came across the Bookkeeper Business Launch course on the…
Quality Assurance with David Perry
May 14, 2019 • 63 min
David went to school to be a math teacher but ended up in engineering and getting a math degree. Due to the recession, he got laid off and found himself wondering what to do without a job. He started working at a church and did some of their admin…
Hiring a High-Skill Level Team Member with Daniel Honan
May 7, 2019 • 60 min
After Daniel’s last deployment he was looking to start his own business. He had some experience and education in accounting so that field made the most sense. When he discovered the Bookkeeping Business Launch program, he decided to take the leap….
Impacting Others with Amanda Dziubala
Apr 30, 2019 • 48 min
Amanda was a bank teller in the past, which is where she discovered her love of working with money. She started her bookkeeping business in 2017 after going through the Bookkeeper Business Launch program and has since built up a base of 15 clients….
The Importance of Support in Business with Jeremy Van Groll
Apr 23, 2019 • 54 min
In many ways Jeremy started his bookkeeping business on a whim. He encountered Bookkeeper Business Launch online and always had an entrepreneurial streak so it seemed like a good fit. The freedom to call his own shots and choose his own destiny is…
Your Vision for the Future with Kim Erick
Apr 16, 2019 • 56 min
Kim started in late August of 2017 after purchasing Bookkeeper Business Launch. Four days later she registered her business name and closed her first client, who later on became her husband. [3:00] Kim had been in the banking industry for 16 years and…
How to Pick Your Niche with Kirstin Reeder
Apr 9, 2019 • 60 min
Kirsten took an accounting class in high school many years ago and she really enjoyed it. She eventually dropped out of college where she was studying accounting and became a mother. She was a stay-at-home mom for 18 years and tried a number of…
Team and Execution with Jaime Rodriguez
Apr 2, 2019 • 54 min
Jaime has been running his bookkeeping business for the past two years and has acquired 13 clients in that time. He’s hoping to get more clients and continue growing, but it’s a scary thing to think about. [3:10] When Jaime first started, he was…
Processes for Sanity with Justin Boynton
Mar 26, 2019 • 58 min
When Justin was 19 years old, he was introduced to the idea of owning a business but he felt like he wasn’t ready to go it on his own. He decided on a career in banking which worked out well enough for the first few years until his wife told him…
When, How and Who to Hire with Tracy Thomas
Mar 19, 2019 • 56 min
Tracy had been in the accounting world for 20 years and decided to leave the corporate world to spend more time with her kids. She ended up driving a school bus for a little while and decided that she needed to find a way to combine her love of…
How to Get Away from the Day-to-Day with Amy McLaughry
Mar 12, 2019 • 59 min
Amy worked at a bank for 14 years and eventually it became not worth the hours she had to put in anymore, so she decided to retire. This led her to thinking about what else she could do for work, ideally from home. Since she was good with numbers…
Focus on What’s Important with Tracy Rosenberry
Mar 5, 2019 • 60 min
Tracy’s 35th birthday really changed things for her. She was working as a substitute teacher and wasn’t really enjoying it when her husband suggested that taxes may be a way to go. She stumbled upon some videos put together by Ben Robinson, and…
Prospecting for Quality Clients with Ben Day
Feb 21, 2019 • 57 min
Ben had graduated with his degree in 2017 and worked part-time for a local music guy, which was great until music turned out to be not very lucrative. After getting hooked by a Facebook ad, Ben decided to check out a great course that helped him…