Keeper of the Books aka Accounting Superstar (Remote)
- 3495 Lakeside Drive #1119, Reno, NV, us
In early 2015, Roy Steves and Shilo Jones knew that there was an opening in the market for a new kind of digital marketing agency. Both Roy and Shilo had eCommerce experience, growing retail businesses by significant multiples during their tenure and the assumed that their retailer experience would give them an edge. And so, starting in September of 2015, StatBid was born. Growth was rapid, but fueled entirely by word of mouth, and without outside capital. This allowed Roy and Shilo to design the business around a few core concepts:
- We love to talk shop. One of the most rewarding aspects of their past careers had been meeting up with other eCommerce professionals, and comparing notes on what worked, what didn't, and what was learned. StatBid was to be a vessel for that sharing.
- We want to help, even outside our channel. An extension of the first, this allows us to use our own eCommerce experience to provide guidance and recommendations to those clients who could benefit from it--and not just within Google Ads. Roy and Shilo's passion extended to everything from attribution to margin management to inventory planning.
- We want to work with the best, from anywhere. In another diversion from our past experience, we decided to build StatBid as an entirely remote team. While we'd have to relearn how to manage and develop teams, as our in-office experience wouldn't port directly, we would have access to talent from across the country, and even the world.
Roy and Shilo imagined themselves as scrappy, clever disruptors, bringing a refreshing update to the already calcifying agency space. They helped dozens of companies, earning many of them as clients, and growth followed, as positive word of mouth multiplied our efforts. Today, StatBid is now five full-time staff (the two founders, a director of operations, an engineer, and a data scientist), as well as a half dozen incredibly talented freelancers from around the globe. The team at StatBid is learning quickly, improving daily, and helping produce millions in incremental revenue for their clients.
We are looking for a part-time contract bookkeeper to join our merry band that can primarily help us with bank and credit card statement reconciliation as well as invoice preparation and distribution among other accounting related tasks.
Sources of Satisfaction
- With this job you are part of the movement to break free of cubicle walls, choosing where you want to work, when you want to work and the projects you want to work on.
- You'll get to work with some incredibly talented individuals that share a common goal
- You'll get a high degree of autonomy to continually improve existing processes and develop new processes that keep the company moving forward.
Sources of Frustration
- Working remotely has it's own challenges in that you trade going into an office each day and chatting around the water cooler with colleagues to wearing pajamas on a video conference call with team members. It's not for everyone and we get that.
- We are a small company with limited human and financial resources so you are often in a position where you have to use your wit rather than your wallet to solve problems.
We are looking for an accounting superstar or a superstar in the making that has the following:
- Degree in accounting or related work experience preferred
- Power user of Quickbooks Online, Google Sheets (or Microsoft Excel) required
- Super comfortable reconciling bank and credit card statements, preparing invoices, processing payroll, reviewing and preparing financial statements and related bookkeeping work as needed
- Excellent written communication skills required to coordinate with our clients' AP departments as needed i.e. email inquiry to check in on payments status, issuing statements, etc.
- Creative and resourceful problem solver that's not intimidated by technology
- Ability to work remotely and participate on video conferencing calls i.e. you've got a decent computer a reliable Internet connection and a place you can work from.
We believe that a company’s culture is an emergent property of its people, not something that can be decided and approved upon by a board, and then dictated to employees. As such, this isn't the first version of the list, and may not be the last.
"The Seven Cs"
- Conscientious: Everyone is trying to make their businesses successful, and each has their own journey toward that goal. We must therefore maintain an empathetic foundation in our interactions, with our peers, partners, clients, industry, and world. We operate with respect and care, especially over disagreement, but also in the way we individually, or collectively as StatBid, deal with others.
- Candid: We strive to be as transparent and honest as possible. Life’s opportunities increase proportionally to our willingness to have awkward conversations. While it’s easy to share victories, only through honest, candid assessment can we improve over time, and help others to do the same.
- Collaborative: There’s a saying: “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” While it’s surprisingly difficult to trace to an original source, it sticks in the public consciousness for good reason--some things will call for the first approach, others the second. StatBid is in the business of going far, and that takes a team. Humans are such a successful species, in part, due to our ability to combine our talents and experience, and we embrace this opportunity.
- Creative: Our industry changes far too quickly to allow any complacency. As a result, we must constantly be looking for new, innovative, and creative ways to approach challenges. Creativity demands the ability to step back, and find new perspectives on old limitations. We will rise to the challenge.
- Clever: Not only should we try to be creative in our problem solving, but our solutions themselves should display elegance. We are energized by scrappy, innovative thinking, and our business will be guided in no small part by that approach. This will allow us to punch above our weight class, and out-maneuver potential risks and barriers.
- Constructive: Everything we’ve built in the past can be improved upon. We are attached to our output, not our tools, and so we are always open to iterating on tools and processes, if it would improve the results. We will also provide candid suggestions to others who ask, and graciously consider suggestions that we receive. This philosophy allows us to build better things in the future.
- Non-Conformist: The seventh of our Cs only barely starting with a "c" provides for the fact that creative solutions sometimes require abandoning preconceptions and past standards. Our industry changes quickly, and despite this, there are all kinds of baggage that accumulate along the way. To mitigate this, we will always be open to considering wildly alternative solutions. To paraphrase Tim Ferriss: “Most people walk down the street on their legs. Does that mean we I walk down the street on our hands? ...Not usually, no.” But we also reject the idea that there is a single solution that works for every business, or at every stage of that business’s life, and it’s up to us to spot the difference.