This week, we’re doing a Q&A to get to know the leader of the Steadfast crew, Stephanie Thacker.
She is the Founder, Owner and CEO of Steadfast Bookkeeping Company.
She is a wealth of knowledge, loves to crunch numbers and has been an ambitious entrepreneur for 10 years! Learn a little bit about Stephanie, how Steadfast Bookkeeping Company came about, and some great advice for other aspiring business owners.
Q: What was your professional background before starting Steadfast Bookkeeping Co.?
A: I worked in Accounting at an Engineering Firm for about 6 years before I moved on to different accounting and management positions at Assisted Living Facilities.
Q: Why did you decide to start your own company?
A: I think Entrepreneurship just runs in my blood so I always knew I’d have my own business. It was while I was working in the corporate world that I realized I was already helping multiple friends and family members with their business finances and there were plenty of other small businesses that could use the same help.
Q: How did you come up with the name Steadfast Bookkeeping Co.?
A: The word Steadfast refers to someone or something who is unwavering in what they do, they are strong, firm and determined and that is what I wanted to be for our clients – a strong, unwavering resource and help for all things business finance.
Q: What is your favorite part of being a business owner and the hardest part?
A: My favorite part of being a business owner is having freedom and flexibility + getting to work with and meet other fellow business owners all over the world. The hardest part for me has been different seasons of growing pains!
Q: What course or service of yours would you recommend to every business owner or entrepreneur?
A: I’d definitely recommend our Chart Your Course program to everyone so that you can build a strong foundation. I’d also recommend that every business owner work with a CPA for their tax preparation and planning – that is something I don’t recommend you DIY.
Q: Give your top tips or advice for someone wanting to start their own business.
A: Give yourself some grace and don’t compare yourself to others in the same or even different industries. You’re going to wear many hats…some you will excel at and love and others you will hate and not feel confident in…for those that you hate or don’t feel confident in, it’s ok to ask for help!
Q: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working and crunching numbers?
A: I love being outdoors and around water, whether it’s on the beach, on the boat or even taking a walk – sunshine and saltwater are good for my soul!
Q: Name a book, podcast or movie that has made a positive impact on your business and/or personal life.
A: First, the Bible – it’s what guides my life and business. Good to Great by Jim Collins and Start with Your People by Brain Dixon were two of my favorite business books that impacted how I run my business.