Brian Forsythe CPA has a small accounting firm with a focus on nonprofits. He’s been part of the Surge Coworking family for years, working his way up from a dedicated desk to a private office to an even bigger office, and it’s a pleasure to see his business grow. Read on to learn more about his journey.
Tell us about your business!
Solid Chops Accounting is a small firm in Tacoma, WA specializing in nonprofit accounting. We relieve stress held by executive directors and managers by accurately managing their accounting function and make information readily available to make sound decisions and report to grantors, board members, government and the public.
Tell us about one of the biggest obstacles you have faced in your work and how you overcame it.
I struggle with the marketing. I don’t enjoy boasting myself in public places. When I’m in the room, prospecting a new client, I’m fine. I like meeting people and learning about their organization and explaining what Solid Chops can bring to the table. But keeping up with social media and working on website copy are constant struggles. To mitigate that, I’ve recently contracted with a marketing firm. That has helped.
Where do you see your business five years from now?
Ideally, I will grow the firm from myself, with one part time person to a full time staff of 3 or 4 people.
What would you say are the top three skills needed to be successful in what you do?
Well, I’m kinda good with the numbers…. But doing accounting at a higher level is using a process mindset. For a given financial transaction, you have to think about the correct account category, but also if needs to be applied to a grant and how it will affect regulatory and management reporting requirements. Effective and clear communication is always important as well as time management. I work on roughly 2-7 different clients a day and juggle multiple deadlines.
How do you define success?
Of course there is the monetary piece of success and being able to bring funds to my household. Beyond that is being able to work with people and organizations that I admire and continue to grow as a professional.
Who has been your greatest inspiration?
My clients. As an accountant, I am in a support role for managers and owners to focus on their passion and relieve there administrative burdens. Seeing the innovation and drive, especially from small organizations and businesses is inspiring.
What made you choose SURGE South Tacoma? What has your experience been like and who would you recommend it for?
I moved to Tacoma from New York City. I got here on February 1, 2016. I had a desk at SURGE Tacoma on February 2nd. As soon as I heard of the plans for SURGE South, I expressed my interest. My home is close by in South Tacoma and I was more than happy to have my business here as well. The experience has been great! The community managers at all SURGE properties are fantastic! I have witnessed how they set a tone for the spaces. The rest comes from fellow coworkers. I enjoy the social interactions as well as having professionals to ask questions of their expertise.
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