What is Cloud Ledger ?
I’m Christopher Nelson and I manage Cloud Ledger, an online bookkeeping business. I’m a bookkeeper in North Idaho, but I’m often nowhere near the people that I keep the books for. I provide financial services for small business throughout the United States.
I have always been enamored with the idea of entrepreneurship and building something successful. Being close to the heart of a business really interested me so accounting was a good fit. It wasn’t spreadsheets and tax forms that attracted me to this career, it was the opportunity to understand what makes a business tick.
Surprisingly, I actually spend the majority of my time talking to people. Developing strong relationships with business owners is key. More than anything else, I need to have a careful understanding of the nuances of a business. For example, payroll is always different. Some people are paid via check, Cindy Loo gets paid every third week and mostly on Wednesdays but Bob expects a PayPal transfer every four days. Keeping up with the flow of someone else’s business is definitely interesting.
Another big part of my day is analysis. Just looking at the bigger picture. Often, when a business owner looks at their financials, they only see the surface. They made money, they have money, etc. It’s my job to see deep inside the machine of their business and figure out what is really happening. My focus is making sure I can offer solid financials for the business and empowering the users of those financials to make the right decisions to maintain a healthy company.
I think a common misconception people often have about my work is assuming that I spend long days in front of spreadsheets. In reality, I spend much more time establishing and maintaining relationships. I am speaking with clients whenever they need me. We are always working together to solve problems as a team. It’s not all data entry.
For record keeping, long gone are the days of the ledger book. Accounting software is top-notch nowadays and continuing to improve. There’s been a massive drive towards user-friendly applications in the financial sector over the last few years and I think it’s great. Good design has led to improving interaction and insight.
As far as average work hours go, there are no average work hours here. My philosophy places the importance of getting the work that the client needs to get done, done. It’s not about showing up at the office on weekdays from nine to five for me. I think that my work hours rely on communicating with clients and keeping them apprised of what they need to know during the hours that are right for them.
The most enjoyable part of my job is the sheer number of businesses that are out there. I get to talk to so many awesome people each day.
Cloud Ledger LLC - An Internet Based Bookkeeping Business - Established in the State of Idaho - 2018