Fit For Profit utilizes the revolutionary Profit First method of cash management. Our team is trained and certified by the Profit First Professionals organization to guide business owners and entrepreneurs in maximizing their profits.You should expect a business coach to have direct experience in navigating the challenges you're facing in your business. But how many coaches also drive your profitability as you surmount these challenges? That's what we do. We are a Profit First certified firm.
I was in a seriously dire financial situation a few years ago. Even though I was slowly working my way out of debt, it seemed like it was going to take forever. I didn't have a truly structured/organized system to manage my personal and professional finances.
I realized the Fit For Profit difference when I had a back tax bill due and was able to pay a large chunk of it based on what I had saved in just a few months. That probably wouldn't have happened without the disciplined approach of Profit First.
Before Fit For Profit, I didn't know what our appropriate savings and expenses should be. It felt like I was trying to solve a problem but I didn't have an answer or an idea of what it looked like to not have that problem. Now we have goals that we are working toward, and feel more secure having guidelines.
When we paid out our Q2 profit sharing I got it. My business should be something that gives back and not just takes away.
What Fit For Profit did for us really hit me about 9 months in. I met with my tax accountant and she was blown away with how "healthy" of a business both locations were.
Each quarter we were paying ourselves more, spending less and less on "crap" and always had more money than needed for taxes. The look on her face when she did a comparison in Quickbooks was the moment I really knew that our business was financially sustainable!
Shannon Simmons - Owner and Advisor
Shannon has been consulting with small businesses for nearly 10 years. After 2 years in public accounting she saw a need to work for small business owners to teach them how to grow financially healthy businesses. She has built on her Master of Accountancy degree from Manchester University by becoming a Certified Profit First Professional and a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor. When she’s not meeting with entrepreneurs or assessing their businesses she enjoys time with her husband and 2 children serving in their community, playing and watching sports, marveling at nature or reading a good book.
Dean Carlson - Advisor
Dean has earned local and national acclaim for building companies that excel at their core functions and achieving high business performance. Under his leadership he and his team earned over fifteen awards for fitness coaching excellence. In 2016 he was recognized as the High Performance Business of the Year, and in 2018 earned a MindBODY Visionary Award. He is a speaker on entrepreneurial topics, with a focus on helping small business owners become more profitable and earn both the money and peace of mind they deserve.
Denise - Advisor
Denise Grove has a wide array of previous experience in the business world and enjoys helping others. A life long volunteer, she is active in several community, professional & non-profit organizations and promoting financial literacy. When Denise isn’t busy working or volunteering, she enjoys being active and spending time with her husband, family and friends. A few favorite interests are healthy cooking (and eating), traveling, reading and learning. Her husband and she enjoy long walks with their two rescue dogs. They have Auburn football season tickets and she loves Auburn (she’s an alum – Go Tigers!). A Georgia native, her husband & she live in Metro-Atlanta near her grandparent’s farms with a second home in Auburn, AL. Denise has the heart of a teacher and is incredibly passionate about using her knowledge and hands-on experience to help others.
Amy - Bookkeeper
Amy graduated in May of 2013 with an Associates degree in Accounting from Ivy Tech Community College. It was during that time that she additionally acquired specialized certificates in Accounting, Bookkeeping and Payroll. She has been married for 13 years to her husband, Aaron; together they have 3 vibrant boys: Alex, Ayden and Austin. During her free time, Amy and her family enjoy attending Avalon Missionary Church, and cheering on their boys who are actively involved in Boy Scouts.
Jean - Administrative Assistant
Jean, a retired teacher, organized and guided middle and high school students in a wide variety of “adulting” curriculum areas such as food prep and financial literacy. A graduate of Manchester University and The Ohio State University, Jean will now be putting her organizational skills to work as the Visionary Implementer Assistant at NetBooks. Jean works from home on their small family farm where she also assists her husband of almost 47 years, Gene, who raises llamas, goats, dogs, chickens and rabbits. They delight in spending time with their family of 3 daughters (Shannon being the first born), 3 sons-in-law, and 6 grandchildren. An active church member, Jean is an avid reader, who also enjoys crocheting gifts for family and friends. With this lifestyle change, Jean looks forward to daily walks and learning to spin and use the llama wool harvested on their farm.
Mike Michalowicz - Advisor & Lead Profit First Strategist
Mike is the entrepreneur behind three multimillion dollar companies and is the author of Profit First, The Pumpkin Plan and what Business Week deemed the entrepreneurs cult classic, The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur. He is a former small business columnist for The Wall Street Journal, speaks internationally on entrepreneurial topics, and is the creator of the Profit First method. Mike is an active adviser on Profit First to our firm.
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