Today we’d like to introduce you to Arielle Gelosi.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Arielle. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am a small business bookkeeper. I started my business in August 2019, but my story really goes back to 2014. During my senior year of high school, I started taking business classes and fell in love with the numbers side of business. I had an amazing accounting teaching who really sparked the entrepreneurial side of me. Because of these classes, I decided to go to Baruch College (city school in Manhattan) that was a major business school. When it came down to choosing my major, I was between entrepreneurship and accounting. The thought of creating something of my own terrified me. I gave into the fear and chose accounting because it was more “stable and structured.” Back then, I would have never believed you if you said I would be starting my own business. After graduating from college, I started at a large accounting firm, and I immediately started looking for a way out of the industry. I wasn’t happy working there but was confused on what to do since every decision and internship I had since college was to get me exactly where I was.
After listening to fitness podcasts, I came across Amanda Bucci who is a fitness coach turn business coach. Not knowing what I wanted to do as a business, yet I enrolled in her three months program on a whim. I spent the three months in the program thinking I would come out as a fitness trainer for busy professionals, but it wasn’t until the last coaching call of the program where the lightbulb clicked that I can combine my entrepreneurial-spirit with my love of numbers. I wanted to help women with the finance side of their business. That was back in January 2019. It wasn’t until August that I developed my business and decided the best way to help these female run-businesses was through bookkeeping. I took on my first client in August 2019, my second in September 2019, all while working my corporate accounting job.
By December 2019, I was completely burned out and ready to close the door on that chapter of my life. In January 2020, I started the year by asking my corporate job for a three months temporary leave. I wanted to use this time to prove to myself that I can create a big-beautiful business, while still. Having the option to go back to my job if I failed. That same month I enrolled in a bookkeeping business course with Katie Ferro (my current coach), and my life has been completely different ever since. I took on five new clients in February alone, and with just my monthly bookkeeping, I’m on track to make double my corporate salary by the end of the year. That’s not including the other offers and programs my team is currently developing.
Has it been a smooth road?
It has NOT been a smooth road. I think the biggest struggle I had to work through was the mental and emotional work. Believing in myself, leaning into the unknown. There was a lot of faith I had to have in the universe, and as an accountant, I’m risk adverse by nature. I think the biggest thing I learned from my experience so far is that this journey is uncomfortable. But if you’re uncomfortable, you’re probably doing something right. As an entrepreneur, every day has new challenges, and chances are there are no right or wrong decisions. Just decisions. So learning to trust yourself to make those quick, life-changing decisions has been a weekly occurrence in my life. Decide what you want, and trust yourself to make the decisions to get there. Also, when looking back your choices, you can’t feel bad if maybe the alternative was a “better option.” When I look to the past, I affirm with myself that I made the best decision I could with the available information. Thinking like this can also be beneficial to your everyday life, not just business.
Alright – so let’s talk business. What else should we know about you and your career so far?
The Arielle Gelosi Company is meant to help female business owners navigate the financial side of their business. I’m currently known for my monthly bookkeeping services, which manages Quickbooks accounts for small businesses. I’m most proud of how quickly I was able to bring in clients, even during the current financial times. At this point, I’ve brought in seven new monthly clients in a span of 10 weeks. That just goes to show that the Universe has your back if you lean into it. I think what sets my business apart from other bookkeepers is…ME! I’m young and goofy and I don’t hide it on social media. I think most bookkeepers are stuck in the thought that they need to be over the top professional in order for their clients to trust them. That’s not my style. I’m a millennial, corporate escapee, and my ideal clients are very similar to me in that aspect. They don’t want a stick in the mud accountant. They want someone to hold their hand and make their finances less scary. I don’t speak to them in jargon. I try to translate everything into an easy to understand language. They want to feel empowered and supported, not like they’re talking to their critical parent. Finances are such a personal, emotional, and stressful part of most businesses, and they’re trusting me to take a peek and help them get better. I try to not abuse that trust.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I see MAJOR shifts! Bookkeeping was already a necessity for EVERY business. I believe that after everything going on in the world right now, there is going to be an exponential growth in the amount of small businesses. People are learning that their 9-5 job isn’t as stable as they once thought. With that surge of businesses, there is going to be an increased need for bookkeepers to manage those books. Plus, for existing businesses, there is an increase need for financial consulting. Business owners want to make sure that their businesses is prepared for financial hits.
- Monthly Bookkeeping – Packages Start at $350
- Quickbooks Online for Small Businesses Course – $397.
- Website: https://www.ariellegelosi.com/
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