Laura Bottino had a good thing going in the corporate world. Her career was progressing nicely, and she liked the work. But with a young daughter at home, she decided earlier this year it was time for a change. The path led her to Supporting Strategies, where she now serves as a financial operations associate for our Stamford, Conn., office.
Working part-time at home, Laura is always there when her daughter gets back from school and can attend school functions or engage in volunteer activities during the day. The flexibility has made a major difference in her life.
"I thrived in the corporate environment, and it suited my life stage at the time," she says. "But Supporting Strategies suits me now. It's been hugely life-changing for my family — the work/life balance I've struck is perfect."
The Right Opportunity
After seeing an online job posting for Supporting Strategies, Laura connected with Stamford owner Jeff Coombs. She realized the opportunity was exactly what she was looking for and became Jeff's second hire in June 2014.
While she now works with small businesses, Laura enjoys putting to use the skills she developed during all those years in the corporate world.
"I call on what I learned back then — things like process improvement and putting controls in place — to assist business owners who were probably handling their books on their own and realized they needed help," she says. "Much of my work has involved getting our clients what Jeff calls, 'caught up and cleaned up.' It's a pleasant challenge. I really thrive on addressing those needs and coming up with a professional set of books."
Saving the Day
One of those "caught up and cleaned up" situations came about with a client that had become overwhelmed by managing its books. Laura sorted through about 10 credit card and bank accounts along with thousands of transactions to identify business expenses for the client's 2013 tax returns. It was the type of task that a non-bookkeeper would find impossible to complete.
"It's a great feeling when you're able to do that for a client," says Laura. "Saving the client a significant amount of money and directly affecting their bottom line is the kind of impact you generally can't make in the corporate world. You get to see the tangible benefits of your work here, and that's very satisfying."
We're thrilled to have Laura as part of our Stamford team and look forward to her serving many more happy clients for years to come.
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