Veteran Business Owner Caters to Novice Business Owners
Meet Woman in Business Tashia M. Flucas, Owner/Accounting Professional of tmf Accounting Services
Tell us about your business.
Primary services include bookkeeping, income tax preparation, and payroll processing. We cater to novice business owners, entrepreneurs, and investors just like your readers. We keep our clients financials records in good health, while they focus on what matters most – Building their businesses.
Please tell us what being a business owner means to you and why you became an entrepreneur in the first place?
Being a business owners means having independence to work with a diverse group of professionals. The opportunity to selectively choose business owners who are passionate about their venture and sharp enough to hire an expert. I became an entrepreneur due to the dot.com bust of 2001. I was working as a Staff Accountant for a dot.com who lost their funding. We were managing the financials for numerous start-ups. After receiving my pink slip and lots of sleepless nights. I came to this conclusion – there must be small business owners who need a bookkeeper, but can not afford a full-time person. So I sought out business who needed a “Part-Time Bookkeeper”.
What or who has been your greatest influence in business and why?
Madam CJ Walker she was one of the 1st self-made millionaires. I admire her because she gave herself a start. When others told her she would not amount to anything she proved them wrong and designed a line of hair products and instruments which are still used today.
What would you say is your greatest professional accomplishment to date?
Getting through those initial three years of business. I struggled even took on a seasonal job at UPS, but I was determined to make a career for myself. A high percentage of businesses fail in the first two of inception. Great service will survive in any economy.
What’s the best advice you have received in business that you wish to pass on to our readers?
Be truthful. Clients do not like surprises, however they do appreciate honesty.
What has been the most effective marketing initiatives or programs you have used to promote your business?
Investing in signage and advertising. Keep your messages short and sweet.
What one thing have you learned as a small business owner that has served you well over the years?
Show interest in your clients and prospects. Survey your clients get a clear idea of what they like and dislike. You don’t want to send them chocolates and they are allergic to them.
Are there any resources or tools you’d like to share with other small business owners that have helped you run your business? If yes, please describe.
At times I need to send large files or secure files and I use www.yousendit.com . For posting free classified ads I use www.craigslist.org and to create surveys I use www.surveymonkey.com
Do you have any new projects coming up? If so, please tell us about it.
I am working on a tax workshop to assist novice business owners on what and what is not deductible for their business.
What do you do for fun/relaxation?
I love to travel, visiting exotic places, playing tennis, and sipping orange flavored teas.
What is the Number One Business Goal you plan to accomplish over the next year?
To coach Bookkeepers on how to deal with clients and run a successful practice.
You want to write a book on … The Dynamics of Networking. Networking is very important in business and life in general. I am a connector and would enjoying sharing this with others.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Get Support – Network – Join your local Chamber – Be Active
What’s the best way for our readers to connect with you?