Interview with Numberman LLC, Part 2 of 2

Thanks for coming back to read Part 2 of an interview with Numberman LLC. In case you missed it, check out Part 1 posted last week.

Today I’m sharing some of my challenges in running a business, a little bit of my humor, and what makes me a better accountant than the next guy or girl. Enjoy!

Ben Harris, owner of Numberman LLC

Ben Harris, founder of Numberman LLC.

What is the greatest challenge you face in running a business?

I think my greatest challenge right now is bringing in my first employee. They just started November 1st. I have to change my thinking, workflow, and systems to accommodate for them. Its super exciting. This is how I can ease up on being a technician.

What is your greatest success?

I like to think success and challenges apply to the same things. You have successes by overcoming challenges. I think it’s a great success to even think this way. On the flip side, I went through a harsh ride to get that perspective.

What are your top strengths and weaknesses?

I’m good at saying no. Through visioning and failure I am able to know more of what to say no to. I’m also driven and just keep going, one foot in front of the other. Alaska style.

This takes care of weaknesses too. In my first and second year I used to have trouble taking clients that weren’t actually a good fit. I took any client that walked through the door. Clearer vision and enough mistakes helps avoid this.

What makes you a better Accountant than the next guy/girl?

I believe I have become quite well adjusted. I have a good balance in all aspects of life and strive to maintain it. This allows me to be present with people. I’m also patient and caring. I have great respect for everyone, which allows people to leave their tax or accounting stress at the door. I won’t talk down to someone because they don’t keep books well or filed a late tax return.

We finish the interview and you step outside the office and find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million. What would you do?

I would buy a house, put some away for years of property tax, and invest the rest.

What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?

Would I ever feel that I need a new or better car if I start making a lot of money? Do I really need that sweet new Panasonic head unit with Android Auto?

What’s your favorite ’90s jam?

Its not 90’s but its early 2000’s. Usher “Yeah” featuring Lil John. 2004 song of the year. That goes on, club gets crazy.

What was the last gift you gave someone?

An internship (laughs). Yeah, really.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?

I don’t really know. I find humor in a lot of things. I think life itself can be the funniest thing.

What three concerns about the firm’s future keep you up at night?

Are we on course working towards the vision? I’m not actually concerned with the future as much as I am the present.

I can only work in the present. Thinking in the past is regret; in the future is fear.
–Ben Harris

What do you work toward in your free time?

I work toward improving all aspects of health, mental, physical, emotional, socio-economic. I love to lift weights. I’m taking hip hop dance again. I meditate, read, and enjoy personal growth.

How would you rate your memory?

9 to 10; I reference how good it is quite often. Others comment on it too. I think I surprise myself actually. I am best at remembering details of events.

You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant?

I would start a campaign to help me house the elephant in an animal sanctuary. I would keep ownership of it, thus not giving it away. I’m just outsourcing the care.

How would you convince someone to do something they didn’t want to do?

Pay them? Probably do it with them. Support is a powerful thing.

Well, that concludes the interview. Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this look at the accountant behind the scenes and are able to learn something about the mind of Numberman, LLC.

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