Next, she become an Operations Director for a web boutique start-up called Studio Verso. “It was an extraordinary experience - surrounded by designers, UI professionals, engineers, project managers and other brilliant technology folks, we created one of the first e-commerce sites ever – for Office Depot ” she says.
Eventually, her company was bought out and Nancy decided to go to chef school. “After cooking at a high-end restaurant in San Francisco, I realized that it was a cowboy mentality that wasn't for me, but the good news is that I can cook anything now!”
Her next challenge was finding a job in a professional environment where she could utilize her skills and still have holidays off. She became a bookkeeper at a family-owned construction company in Berkeley, California. “I served as Operations Manager for four years until the owner's daughter was slated to become CFO and my position was eliminated,” she explains
“ I truly enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom, but the stipend inevitably ran out,” she explains. Her next adventure was as a Business Manager for a family-owned property management company. When they reorganized, her position was eliminated and Nancy decided to open her own business. “I decided I would love the flexibility of owning my own business again and founded Full Charge Marge - Better Books for Great People. “
Nancy says her mentors have been integral to her success. “The first is Zach Zeisler, CPA who taught me everything I know about the importance of accuracy and professionalism, even when dealing with sticky tour cash. The second would be the VP of Studio Verso - Carol Waitte - who was an early Apple employee and showed me that you can be a change-agent in a male-dominated field, maintaining a polished cool I could only hope to replicate,” she explains.
Like most small business owners, Nancy struggles with having enough time to both work on her business as well as in her business for clients. She is counts the tax law differences between California and Oregon as a challenge.
Her ideal referral is someone who wants to be more focused on their genius, and they allow me to completely take care of managing the financial end of their business.
When asked what her biggest accomplishment was, she replied, “My biggest accomplishment is my child, Jesse. Hardest and most rewarding job I've ever had is motherhood.”
Nancy is excited to be a MOB Alliance member because it provides validation and support for women that are experiencing the exact same challenges of balancing parenthood with a career.
She also loves working for herself and getting the chance to know various clients and what their needs are. She explains, “I love the flexibility of being available to my child after school and in the mornings as opposed to rushing off to the 9-5 office job. I love not having to wait to accrue PTO hours in order to take a family vacation. Lastly, as a "Type-A" individual, I really enjoy challenging myself to be self-propelled!”
Nancy’s MOB Alliance exclusive offer is 20% off monthly bookkeeping (minimum retainer agreement - 10 hours or more per month).
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