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Meet Kim

The busy single mom who built a $1,248 per week bookkeeping business

Before

After a tough divorce, Kim Barnes-Edmiston had to restart her life at age 48. She needed a job where she could work from home and support her children.

Using Bookkeeper Business

Kim grew her confidence in her bookkeeping skills and developed the skills needed to build a business from home.

After

Kim now has 12 clients. She's made enough money to buy a new house, 3 years ahead of schedule. More importantly, Kim has the freedom to be with her children anytime she wants.

*Disclaimer: These results are not typical and you may or may not achieve the same results. Success in a bookkeeping business depends on your willingness to put in effort, your attention to detail, and various other factors.

"EVERY DAY WAS A STRUGGLE…"

Kim’s marriage ended. And that’s when her life unraveled.

Suddenly, Kim needed to find a new place to live. And she also needed to find a way to earn the money she needed to support herself and her two young children.

Despite her marriage ending, Kim also realized that big life moments are also opportunities to make for big life changes. And for the longest time, Kim’s big dream was to work from home so she could be with her 6 and 8-year-old children as much as possible.

The only problem was that she had no clue how to make that happen.

And as she was going through her divorce, Kim had nobody around to help and support her on her new life journey.

“I was almost 50 and had to start my life over. We had to find a place to live. I had no friends or family nearby…

…Every day through that time was a struggle. But you have to put a smile on your face for the kids. Inside, you’re torn up, but you don’t have the chance to stop or cry. You have to keep striving for your goals.”

Kim shares her struggle after getting divorced.

*Disclaimer: These results are not typical and you may or may not achieve the same results. Success in a bookkeeping business depends on your willingness to put in effort, your attention to detail, and various other factors.

"MY CONFIDENCE WAS SO LOW…"

After “running the numbers” for her new life, Kim realized that she had to earn at least $1,000 a week. That’s the number that would allow her to cover family’s bills AND buy a new home within five years, a goal that she’d set for herself.

At this point, Kim already had some experience as a bookkeeper and figured she could provide that as a service to people. Still, Kim had a lot of doubts about her abilities because she had no formal bookkeeping training and wasn’t confident in her skills.

As she explained, Kim would often deliver reports to her clients, but she had no idea what the numbers really meant!

One day, Kim saw a Facebook post about Bookkeeper Business Launch and she decided to watch the free videos. She then joined in early 2017, hoping the program would help her understand bookkeeping better.

“I couldn’t afford the course but decided to go for it anyway. I put in on a credit card and made monthly payments. It was the best decision I made.”

"I KNEW RIGHT AWAY THIS WOULD WORK..."

Kim had already spent countless hours studying bookkeeping while she was trying to get her business started.

Unfortunately, nearly all of the articles and courses she consumed were dull and boring, so the lessons never sunk in.

That was one of the main reasons Kim felt unqualified to help any of her clients actually save any money. She was left wondering why she couldn’t understand things, even after studying and consuming so much information!

Straight away, Kim realized that Bookkeeper Business Launch was different. Inside the program, she saw that the material was taught in a way Kim could understand. Even better, it was fun and entertaining!

And once the material started to finally sink in, Kim finally started to feel confident in her work.

“I took a lot of courses in the past but nothing ever sunk in. But Ben teaches in a way that’s fun and friendly. He puts everything in laymen’s terms, so you retain it.”

Kim’s website: abplusk.com

Kim explains why she joined Bookkeeper Business Launch

*Disclaimer: These results are not typical and you may or may not achieve the same results. Success in a bookkeeping business depends on your willingness to put in effort, your attention to detail, and various other factors.

"I’M MORE THAN JUST A BOOKKEEPER…"

In the past, Kim would simply handed clients reports and hope for the best. But after graduating from Bookkeeper Business Launch, she understood how to go deeper into the numbers.

Kim discovered how to walk clients through the key financial reports that every business needs, and show them what all the numbers mean in a way they could understand.

Even better, she discovered how to Interpret and Advise her clients, the key 21st Century Bookkeeper skills required to become a high value service provider. And this meant she could finally show them ways they can save money! This has made her far more valuable than the typical bookkeeper.

Best of all, her clients are delighted with her work! Meaning they’ll be sticking around for a long time, and have continued to send her a bunch of referrals.

“Before I would hand my clients their reports and walk away. But now I walk them through it. We find ways to cut expenses and increase profit which makes my customers happy.”

Kim shares how her clients now respect her more

*Disclaimer: These results are not typical and you may or may not achieve the same results. Success in a bookkeeping business depends on your willingness to put in effort, your attention to detail, and various other factors.

"EVERYONE YOU MEET IS A POTENTIAL CLIENT…"

Kim’s newfound confidence made it easier for her to get clients. Armed with the knowledge that she was a high value service provider, she’s had no trouble offering her service to people.

In an effort to grow her business, Kim started to reach out to people she already knew. This included former colleagues she’d not talked to in 4-5 years, and members of her woman’s group. And the responses she got were great!

Brimming with confidence, Kim started to share her business details with any business owner she came across in everyday life. She even brought up the topic of bookkeeping with a repairman that came over to her house to do some maintenance work. He even asked how he could hire her!

“Everyone you meet is a potential client until they say no… and they still might come back to you later.”

Kim’s BBL bookkeeping journey

*Disclaimer: These results are not typical and you may or may not achieve the same results. Success in a bookkeeping business depends on your willingness to put in effort, your attention to detail, and various other factors.

Kim shares how she gets clients from everyday situations

*Disclaimer: These results are not typical and you may or may not achieve the same results. Success in a bookkeeping business depends on your willingness to put in effort, your attention to detail, and various other factors.

"I MADE MORE MONEY FASTER THAN I COULD IMAGINE..."

For Kim, the most surprising thing about Bookkeeper Business Launch was how it gave her the tools to build a successful business.

For example, Kim learned how to change her fee structure to make more money in less time, all in a way that clients are DELIGHTED to pay.

In the past, Kim would charge her clients an hourly rate. But through the program, Kim discovered how to set things up so you can charge a flat monthly fee instead.

And by setting up a monthly service and charging a flat monthly fee, Kim no longer had to work around her client’s schedule. She even got to stop wasting time on things like invoicing, meetings, or planning her weeks!

“Switching to a monthly fee meant I could schedule my time better. I no longer had to spend hours a month creating invoices, figuring out time slots and wasting time on stuff I wasn’t being paid for. It helped me make the money I needed faster.”

*Disclaimer: These results are not typical and you may or may not achieve the same results. Success in a bookkeeping business depends on your willingness to put in effort, your attention to detail, and various other factors.

"MY BIGGEST CHALLENGE WAS NOT HAVING ENOUGH TIME…"

Throughout her entire bookkeeping business journey, Kim’s #1 focus was always on being the best mom possible.

If her kids were home, or if they ever needed her, they came first and got her full attention.

On top of that, Kim was in the middle of a divorce, meaning she had plenty of full-days spent in court or meetings with her lawyer.

All this meant that Kim didn’t have a lot of time for her business. While Kim would have loved to spend 8-10 hours a day working, she was lucky if she could get half of that.

And there were some weeks where she could only work for 2-3 days.

Kim also told us that there were times when she was stressed and overwhelmed that she wanted to throw her hands up and quit.

Fortunately, when things got low, Kim was able to turn to the best place for motivational help: the Bookkeeper Business Launch online community.

That’s where she found the love and support she needed to keep going.

“There were moments I felt like I had too much weight on my shoulders and I couldn’t go on. So I’d go into the Bookkeeper Business Launch group and it made a huge difference because there is so much love and support in there.”

Kim shares how she kept going when things got tough

*Disclaimer: These results are not typical and you may or may not achieve the same results. Success in a bookkeeping business depends on your willingness to put in effort, your attention to detail, and various other factors.

"I BOUGHT A HOUSE THREE YEARS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE..."

When Kim joined Bookkeeper Business Launch she started with only two clients and no confidence. Less than two years later, she was up to 12 clients and ready to take on the world.

What’s more, Kim has surpassed her $1,000/week income goal, which is enough to take care of herself and her kids.

Kim’s weekly income

*Disclaimer: These results are not typical and you may or may not achieve the same results. Success in a bookkeeping business depends on your willingness to put in effort, your attention to detail, and various other factors.

In fact, things have gone so well, Kim was able to buy a new house three years earlier than she expected!

“My kids love their new home. I bought it three years ahead of schedule which I couldn’t have done without Bookkeeper Business Launch.”

*Disclaimer: These results are not typical and you may or may not achieve the same results. Success in a bookkeeping business depends on your willingness to put in effort, your attention to detail, and various other factors.

"I’M THERE WHEN MY KIDS NEED ME…"

Because Kim has learned to provide such a valuable service, her clients have been happy to refer other people to her as their bookkeeper. Meaning most of her clients have come through word of mouth and referrals!

Now Kim’s ready to take her business to the next level. And she’s using the Bookkeeper Business Launch program to improve her marketing skills.

Kim’s plan is to take the key marketing strategies inside the program, along with the lessons on scaling and automation, to double her business in the next year.

An ambitious goal! And quite the turnaround from someone who started with no confidence!

After she doubles her business, Kim’s goal will be to earn more money without putting in more hours.

All because she wants to continue to spend as much time as possible with her kids.

“Bookkeeper Business Launch let me work within my schedule and still bring in income. My kids love my job because I’m always there when they need me.”

Kim with her two children

"BOOKKEEPER BUSINESS LAUNCH IS THE WHOLE PACKAGE…"

Kim already had bookkeeping experience before joining Bookkeeper Business Launch. But she insists that you don’t need any experience to have the same success she had.

“Bookkeeper Business Launch is the whole package. It helps you understand bookkeeping, gives you the software knowledge and shows you how to grow your business.”

Kim shares why you don’t need experience to succeed with Bookkeeper Business Launch

 

*Disclaimer: These results are not typical and you may or may not achieve the same results. Success in a bookkeeping business depends on your willingness to put in effort, your attention to detail, and various other factors.

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