QuickBooks Live bookkeeper profile: Alexander Schmokel
Welcome to our series of profiles spotlighting QuickBooks® Live bookkeepers. This Q&A features Alexander Schmokel, a certified ProAdvisor® and QuickBooks Live Associate Bookkeeper.
QuickBooks® Live Bookkeeping (QuickBooks Live) is a monthly subscription service that’s intended to fill gaps for small businesses and self-employed who aren’t currently connected to ProAdvisors and accounting professionals. To learn more, go here.
Mindy King: Hi, Alex! Tell me a little about your background. How long have you been providing bookkeeping services, and what types of small businesses do you typically serve?
Alexander Schmokel: I have been working in small business bookkeeping for more than four years now (just bookkeeping – not any other type of accounting/finance), and typically serve other professional service providers and help small businesses in the fields of medicine, construction, development, and recruitment.
MK: What do you enjoy the most about working with small businesses?
AS: My name, Alexander, literally means “helper of mankind,” and this notion guides quite a bit of my work with small businesses. I have been endowed with a servant’s heart, and find most of my own self-satisfaction through helping others.
MK: Why did you decide to become a QuickBooks Live bookkeeper?
AS: I decided to become a QuickBooks Live bookkeeper because I have been a “fanboy” of Intuit® software since I ventured from my background in general finance over to accounting and bookkeeping six years ago. My CPA mentor helped me in obtaining my QuickBooks Advanced Desktop Certification back in 2015, and the rest is history.
MK: What do you like most about working on the QuickBooks Live platform?
AS: I love the fluidity of the entire operation. I find that there is so much versatility to the software that it can really benefit almost everyone who tries it. I often joke with small businesses that Intuit is appropriately named because of the intuitiveness of QuickBooks.
MK: How does serving small businesses on QuickBooks Live actually work? Can you tell us a bit about the process and the kind of work you do?
AS: The type of work varies. One business owner may have an entrepreneurial spirit who wants very little engagement, or you may have a newer business owner who is wary of doing too much, too quickly. All of my work, however, is designed to be expository so that they can grow.
MK: What types of small businesses have you worked with on QuickBooks Live?
AS: I have worked with a wide gamut of clientele, consisting of smaller to larger operations, from farms to cloud-computing companies.
MK: What do you love most about working with small businesses?
AS: The people. There is no question about how much I enjoy interfacing with small business owners and seeing them succeed.
MK: What do you believe is the key to having a successful relationship that is 100 percent virtual?
AS: Communication is key! It is not just for virtual relationships; ALL relationships require a communicative component so that each party is able to have their needs voiced, understood, and met.
MK: Why would you recommend that other accountants or bookkeepers consider providing their services on the QuickBooks Live platform?
AS: The possibilities of real-time collaboration are endless, so just be specific in your goals and obstacles, and they can be met or exceeded.
MK: What advice would you give to new accountants or bookkeepers just starting out in the industry?
AS: I would advise new bookkeepers to be bold and speak up! We work in a service industry, but it is called engagement for a reason. Taking on too much can hinder both you and your clients.
MK: If you weren’t an accounting professional, what would you be and why?
AS: I would be an architect so that I could utilize my organizational abilities with my flare for design.
MK: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what is the one book you would bring with you?
AS: “The Hotel New Hampshire” by John Irving.
MK: If you could have dinner with one celebrity or public figure (living or dead), who would it be and why?
AS: Nichola Tesla – the man knew the power of the number three, and my bout of OCD can appreciate that infinitely.
MK: If your playlist got stuck on repeat, what would be the one song (or album) that you would want to listen to over and over?
AS: “Everything in Transit” by Jack’s Mannequin.
MK: If you were allowed to watch only one movie for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
AS: I would say “Crash” – it’s an exploration into the human spirit that often renews my faith in mankind.