First of all, she’s not called Mary Jane. (That’s a popular misconception for MJs.) Our MJ stands for Marla Jewel, and she’s been crunching numbers and making sense (or cents, if you prefer) out of mathematical conundrums for over 25 years. You may expect her to be a math geek or to get a big kick out of Sudoku (that’s a popular misconception about bookkeepers), but she defies that stereotype too.
“I really didn’t like accounting in college,” MJ admits. Nor does she seek out math puzzles for fun in her spare time today. What MJ does like – and is really good at – is solving problems, real-life problems. “I’ve always been a number-crunching problem-solver, and I guess when I was a single parent and had to keep tight budgets, it just grew on me.”
Brainstorming and solving financial problems grew on MJ so much, that when she found herself at a crossroads, looking at a mortgage payment, and raising her daughter on her own, she built a business around it. It’s no coincidence that “Solutions” is part of her company’s name. She approaches each client individually and works with them to solve their unique challenges. It’s a part of the job she loves.
MJ is empathetic and resourceful. She’s naturally curious and detail-oriented. But trust, confidentiality, and loyalty reside at the front of MJ’s mind. “Client trust is a privilege, and maintaining it is a priority.” But she’s funny too. She was quick to joke that one of her best traits is being left-handed because that means she uses both sides of her brain when problem-solving (and hence, double the benefit!).
MJ’s favorite time of the day is in the morning when she can sip coffee from her favorite mug, watch the sun come up, take her camera and go walking for an hour, and then plan her day. The perfect evening after a busy day of calls, emails, client books, is more walking of course with her camera, socializing with friends (Virtually these days), or maybe just putting on a movie (but not a gory one).
MJ transplanted herself to Kentucky from southern California in 2016. She says she was drawn here by the beauty, affordability, and, she adds with enthusiasm, “the seasons!” (She loves the ever-changing weather.)
Are your books a problem? They’re no match for MJ. Schedule a free consultation call with a QuickBooks Certified Desktop and Online ProAdvisor at 502-309-9652 (9MJB).