Can We Meet In Person?

Can We Meet In Person?

I am often asked where TL;DR is located and if a client can meet in person.

I am normally located at the SLU WeWork in Seattle. This week, I’m in London and working from a WeWork in Paddington. Every year, I take a few weeks to visit the east coast and my family in New York.

My penchant for travel and remote work is why scheduling appointments on my calendar is so important. It’s also why we don’t take unscheduled phone calls.

TL;DR: Accounting is a remote firm. Our team members work remotely from all around Seattle and Portland. Working remotely is a benefit to our employees, as studies show employees are more productive and happier when working from home. Plus, working from home saves our employees from dealing with traffic and the area’s housing prices.

So, no, you cannot meet with our team in person. You can, however, still meet us face-to-face, in a way, through Google Meet or Zoom. We also schedule regular phone calls with our clients. This allows us to connect with and see our clients without anyone needing to deal with traffic or conference rooms.

…but can we meet with you at the office?

We do not meet with new clients in person. We offer an introduction call to see if we are a good fit and to discuss how we can help solve your problems. After that, meetings can be worked into your package at a premium.

In order to provide the most value to our clients in this increasingly digital world, our clients tend to appreciate meeting digitally since it reduces the amount of time that they are not serving their clients.

TL;DR: Once you are a client we will meet with you in person if you request it.


Time for Some Work Life Balance

The answer is to the above question is…

No…that is so not deductible. As an added bonus, the IRS will revoke your passport if you owe more than $50,000.

Now that this filing season has come to a close for businesses and individuals, it’s time for me to take a well-deserved vacation.

That’s right — I am going on a two-week vacation. On the bright side, my team will continue to be available to answer any questions you have while I take some time away from the computer to sightsee overseas.

For situations that are not time-sensitive and that require my direct response, please feel free to contact me or schedule an appointment. I will be able to get back to you after my vacation.

See you soon!



Team Member Spotlight: Tanya Schoen

Tanya Schoen is an accountant with over 20 years of experience in the accounting field. She’s an integral part of the TL;DR: Accounting team and we’re happy for the opportunity to introduce her to you!

Why did you decide to become an accountant?
I like the organizational, financial and problem-solving aspect of the discipline.

When were you hired for TL;DR?
I was hired in March 2018.

What made you decide to want to work for TL;DR?
I appreciated the professionalism and assistance as a customer of TL;DR.

What do you enjoy most about TL;DR?
I enjoy working on multiple customers’ books and familiarizing myself with each of their nuances. I also like learning new financial processes to keep our customers’ books/taxes clean and orderly.

What is a typical work day like for you?
A typical day is making sure all jobs/tasks are completed on-time for each customer — maintaining their bookkeeping as prescribed.

What is your favorite tip for small business owners?
If you procrastinate on your business’s bookkeeping or dread the thought of it, hire someone who will make it a top priority.

How do you stay informed about developments and changes in the accounting world?
This is something I need to make time for outside of taking classes.

What is your biggest achievement to date — personal or professional?
That I have worked in the field consistently for over 20 years and still love it! I am also recently QuickBooks Pro certified!

What do you do outside of work?
I take care of my family — including two teenagers — and love needle arts like knitting/crocheting, reading, and cooking new recipes. I host a Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Group twice a month in our home.

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
Elizabeth Bennett, a strong woman who knows her mind and gets the guy in the end!

Do you have any advice for those interested in entering the accounting field?
If you have borderline OCD in your DNA and like to work with numbers and like continued learning, this is the field for you! Take Accounting classes!