Seneca Evans - Enrolled Agent
I'm an EA (enrolled agent which means I'm licensed by the IRS to represent taxpayers) and accountant for small businesses. I own and operate Simplified Accounting where we believe Simple Financials equals Massive Growth. When I'm not knee-deep in numbers, I'm a mom to 4 rambunctious boys, wife to 1 uber supportive hubby, and a master gardener to my little veggie and herb patch. You can find me on the Internet talking taxes and small business accounting -- keeping it simple.
Nuggets of Wisdom Shared by Seneca
- Pay attention and nurture your money. Treat your money like it is your BFF.
- Take time to recharge; work and responsibilities will not dissapear if you take time for yourself
- Find your voice and share it with the world!
What inspired you to work in this business?
I always had a love affair with numbers. I started preparing my own taxes when I was 16. After I graduated from college all I wanted to do was work in the tax field. I worked as an Auditor and then Criminal Investigator for the government. I was the person everyone was afraid to talk too. After doing this for several years, I knew it was time to go. Being in this role became such depressing work, and didn't align with who I am. The last investigation I did, the taxpayer I was investigating cried and cried because I was there to close her business. That's when I knew it was time to go. I literally ruined her life. I switched to the other side to help people with their business so they wouldn’t have to go through what I did to this lady and countless others. I work with everyone, but the majority of my clients are women. I find that the men I work with have a spouse or significant other that is involved with the business and they become my go-to person. I love having fun with the financial side of business. I advise my clients to treat finances as if it's your
Who is a woman you admire? Why?
My mother! I admire her strength. My mother is my best friend. She is one of the strongest and most caring women I've ever met. She will do what she has to do and won't ever let life beat her down. When something goes wrong, she dusts herself off and keeps going. I was impacted by her influence. But I took things a little too far. For example, she says you can't do everything but I believe I can do anything and everything. Some days I need to remember that I am not superwoman and need a break.
What is a challenge you see women face? How do you support women in getting past these challenges?
I often see two things happening. The first is that women try to do it all and do not take time for themselves and become completely depleted. When I see this in my clients, or with any woman I am associated with, I ask them to take themselves out on a date. You can't give to anybody if you don't have anything in you. Take a day off, the business won't die, the work will always be here. Just take a day off.
The second is that women are afraid of looking at their numbers. You have to be able to know and speak your numbers. I had a client with an excellent product who made it to the final selection stages of Shark Tank but didn’t make it. When they asked her fiscal stance in the business, she couldn't speak to it. She didn't know her numbers! I help women feel comfortable understanding their financial power.
What can you tell my readers about the healing process?
I can talk about the healing process in regards to money. I encourage you to figure out what your money story is. Your money story started when you were little. Think back to your childhood, what messages did you receive about money. Was there enough of it? If there wasn't, what did you have to do to get?
You grew up and while holding on to past experiences you aren't allowing abundance to come to you. See if you can find the common theme in your life about money and work to change it. Money is free flowing. It all depends on your mentality towards it. So, if you feel that money is hard to come by then you have to work towards changing that mindset. This is how you train your mind for money to come you effortlessly. Put the work in to release all the negativity and resistance. You can stop yourself from being abundant. I often ask clients to do this exercise. Look at your hand, ball it into a fist. Nothing can get out and nothing can get in. You are holding on so tight to money so that nothing can come to you. Let the money flow through your life. We can only do what we can do by taking action every day. The universe will attract to us what we need.
You can't give if you don't have anything. Take a day off, the business won't die... @chooseyoulove @simplifiedacctg
What do you tell yourself in your darkest moments to keep moving forward?
I tell myself to keep going. I remind myself it’s never as bad as I think it is. I allow my emotions to come to the surface. I would rather deal with them and let them come to the surface than push them down. Tomorrow is a new day. I see it as a blank page to pick myself up and keep going.
If you could give your younger
self advice about life, what would it be?
Be patient! Take your time,here is no need to rush. I rushed to do so many things, I caused a lot of my own problems. I was too busy trying to grow up. Stop and enjoy the moments.
What comes to mind when you hear women and identity?
The word "cloudy" comes to mind because I feel like if I can take a flash of everyone and their aura a lot of women would have dull and cloudy auras. We give so much to others but who are we? Besides titles and positions that you hold, who are you? Have you seen the movieRunaway Bride when Richard Gere's character asked Julia Robert's character
to tell him which eggs she liked best? She couldn't tell him because she didn't know. She was used to adapting her tastes to the man she was with; she didn't know what she liked. It's not about diminishing our voices but finding and being true to them.
Why do you believe it is important for women to follow their passions?
This question ties directly into the identity question. I want women to live a fulfilled life. If you follow your passion and follow your heart, you can do something for you. It is all about you, it is the first time to really be selfish. You can be a benefit to others while you are helping yourself.
Where to find
Website: Simplified Accounting
Facebook : Chicago Simplified Accounting
Twitter: Simplified Accounting
SPECIAL OFFER TO MY READERS
As a special gift to you, all