Three years ago, Brittany Sweeney saw a need for affordable bookkeeping services for small businesses, so she launched her own small business: Sweeney Bookkeeping. I met up with Brittany at a local coffee shop a few weeks ago for this interview, and she spoke a lot about how seeing her clients succeed is what drives her. As if on cue, a client stopped by our table and shared that he had saved a large sum on his taxes this year thanks to her organization and excellent record keeping. "That right there," she said. "That's why I do what I do." Brittany is in the business of giving people their time back -- time to work on their business instead of in the business books. Learn more about this young professional and solopreneur in this Member Minute profile.
Please tell us a little bit about your company.
Sweeney Bookkeeping started three years ago when I recognized a need in the small business arena for more affordable accounting services. So I took a leap of faith and became a solopreneur. I provide my clients with bookkeeping, payroll and QuickBooks consulting services – basically everything up until filing taxes.
Why did you join the Chamber and what do you find most valuable about Chamber membership?
I knew that I wanted to become involved in the Chamber as a business owner because of the example my grandfather set for me. He was an incredibly involved volunteer for his Chamber in Moore, OK, where he volunteered until he was 95 years old. Giving back to the community was important to him, and he passed that value to me.
What is the best thing about working with businesses in the Wichita area?
I just love the recent revitalization of Wichita pride. It seems like individuals and businesses alike are more community minded, and young people are working to make Wichita a place where they want to live.
Describe a recent success story.
Seeing my clients have success is what drives me. If I can help them cut costs, increase revenue, or just stay organized, that’s a win in my book.
What is your favorite Chamber event, program, or service and why?
I love the Engage & Ignite Small Business Conference. I have attended both years and have gained a tangible takeaway each time. (Note: Registration is now open for this year's Conference on May 23.)
What is something people may not know about you or your organization?
Most people would not be surprised to know this, but I’m a huge dog lover, especially my fur babies named Maggie and Walter.
What has Chamber membership brought to you and your organization?
The Chamber’s Membership Directory has been helpful in growing my business. Whenever I talk to a new client, I always ask them how they heard about me. On several occasions, new clients have found me in the Membership Directory – talk about return on investment.
Where do you see your organization in five years?
In the next five years, I hope to grow my team and go from a solopreneur to entrepreneur.
What about your organization are you most passionate?
I mentioned it already, but seeing my clients succeed is why I do what I do. People don’t start their own businesses to manage the books, and I can give them their time back to focus on other parts of their business like sales or product development.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how strongly would you recommend Chamber membership to a colleague? Why?
10 – Chamber membership has been very beneficial to me and has helped me make connections that I wouldn’t have otherwise made.
Favorite business app?
I’m an accountant, so of course I’m going to say QuickBooks online, but I also love MileIQ for tracking my mileage.
Podcasts are my favorite. I love WorkParty, which is geared toward modern working women. The Successful Bookkeeper is also at the top of my list, and it has almost been like a business coach for me.
Is your company involved in any community/civic activities?
The Kansas Humane Society and the United Way Read to Succeed programs are my two favorites.