Interview with a Numberman, Part 1 of 2

Ben Harris, founder of Numberman LLC

Ben Harris, founder of Numberman LLC.

Thanks for checking out my blog. I would like to share the transcript from an interview I did about Numberman, LLC. It touched on the business, accounting industry and personal life. There were some interesting and fun questions mixed in too. Enjoy!

Why did your start Numberman, LLC?

I went a bit in depth about this in one of my recent blog posts. I started because I didn’t think I was marketable as an employee. I also knew I couldn’t go back to work for someone else.

What are three things that you love about business?

I love how the level of work you put in dictates your success. This holds true for life in general but the work you put in your business or work has tangible and measurable external results.

I also love that I feel part of the market. No longer feel like a cog in someone else’s system. Right now Im a cog in my own.

Hmmm, third… I like the self-employed entrepreneur culture. Not so much a silicon start up culture, but I like working with others that, like me, left the 9-5 behind and went on their own.

Where do you see the accounting industry going in the next 10 years?

I think legacy firms will die off and Next Generation, firms of the future, will come of age. What I mean by this… Legacy firms are like my parents generation and those before. They usually have one owner or partners who act as technicians in their business and do all the work and management. Often they will have a secretary or in office assistant that does basic work and handle low level tasks.

Firms of the future will have an owner/partners who guide the business and have empowered employees who are technicians, project managers and oversight. I want to use my business to empower others so I am really, really looking forward to this.

Where do you see Numberman LLC in the next 5 years? 10 years?

I haven’t actually thought about this. Not because its not on my mind, but because I’m currently visioning and creating the plans for that future. To keep it short, in 5 years I see myself somewhat removed from technician and working more on developing the business. In 10 years I see myself maybe 40% working in the business and 60% working on it, maybe 30/70.

Just start it. Don’t ask Facebook if they think it’s a good idea. It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks, just you.
–Ben Harris

Do you have any advice for someone starting a business?

Sure. Id say watch, follow and listen to Gary Vaynerchuk for business advice. I love his message — self-awareness and hustle. Be patient. Micro speed. Macro patience. Put in work every day.

Tony Robbins has great tools too for improving and managing your life. I love listening to him.

Expand your consciousness…

Follow other entrepreneur role models you admire.

Surround yourself with positive people.

Just start it. Don’t ask Facebook if they think it’s a good idea. It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks, just you.

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