Graduate Spotlight: Melanie Macatangay

Universal Accounting Spotlight- Melanie

It took Melanie two whole months to decide whether or not she would enroll at Universal Accounting, but today she credits her UA education with making her entire life better than ever before. Prior to enrollment at UA, Melanie was unemployed and lacking in confidence, but she was ready to change all of that by obtaining the training she needed to afford her endless career opportunities.

Looking at it as a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience for her future business, Melanie enrolled in every course offered by UA. She’s extremely grateful that she chose UA over other private schools because the coursework material far exceeded her expectations and zeroed in on the information she would need most as a business professional. Melanie found the material to be valuable well past any exams and into the long-run.

Since her graduation, Melanie was hired as a full-time staff accountant and is currently working on her own part-time accounting business. She’s now comfortable and confident with speaking to clients and answering all of their bookkeeping, accounting and tax questions. Melanie enjoys making more money as a trained professional, as well as the confidence that her business will continue to grow.

Melanie wants everyone to know that it’s time to quit thinking about enrollment and simply go for it. She credits the UA staff and marketing coaches with working hard to assist and prepare students with all of the guidance they need. Compared to other programs, she recommends and prefers UA for its focus on teaching students how to excel as an independent contractor or business owner.

“If you want to work for yourself, gain more knowledge, increase your income and be successful, then I highly recommend for you to enroll with UA.”

Isn’t it time for your own success story?

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Graduate Spotlight: John Zeiner

Universal Accounting - John Zeiner SpotlightWhen John Zeiner decided to build his own business in accounting and tax services for small business and startups, he realized he needed more than a refresher course in small business accounting and taxation. John knew a lot about accounting, accounting software and tax, but he didn’t have the knowledge to apply those corporate skills to a small business’s needs.

At the time, John had been traveling nearly half of the year on business as a financial systems consultant, and he just wasn’t happy. Though he’d had great success designing and implementing accounting systems for companies with revenues from $50M to $10B, John really wanted to be his own boss.

John chose to enroll in the accounting and tax programs at Universal Accounting (UA) because he appreciated the certifications offered for the additional credibility it would lend his future clients. He was nervous to branch out on his own, and especially to invest his money into his dream of being his own boss, but UA helped give him an edge of confidence with an in-depth curriculum focused on small businesses along with clear manuals and an online video classroom series.

Today, John is a successful UA graduate enjoying business ownership and truly excited to go to work every day. He is extremely passionate about using his knowledge and experience to benefit his clients. John’s coach and mentor at UA has helped him focus on marketing his skills throughout central Texas, and his list of tax and accounting clients grows weekly. No longer nervous, John is proud to carry the confidence and knowledge that he can match a client’s needs.

John’s best advice to those considering enrollment at UA is threefold. First, utilize the coaching available to you at UA because these people are truly compassionate and knowledgeable and they will work tirelessly to help you succeed. Next, let yourself get passionate about your education and business, so you can discover (or rediscover) the joy of working. And finally, be persistent in your endeavors and you’ll see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Isn’t it time for your own success story?

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Graduate Spotlight: Steven Heintz

Here at Universal Accounting Center (UAC), we love to celebrate the successes of our graduates. Steven Heintz was managing the finance department for a city just outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota when he decided to further his education at UAC.

Business Card - The Professional Bookkeeper, The Professional Bookkeepers Guide to QuickBooks, The Professional Tax PreparerWhy did you decide to enroll at UAC, and what program did you enroll in? I wanted to control my own successes and failures. I knew accounting and tax very well, but questioned how I was going to get business. When I came across UAC, I was drawn to the marketing side of what they offered. It seemed unique and matched the skills I most needed to improve, so I enrolled in the Professional Bookkeeper, QuickBooks Specialist, Tax Preparation, and the Universal Practice Builder programs.

How do you think UAC gave you an edge over other schools? My marketing coach, Scott McKinley—he forced me out of my comfort zone to take the specific actions needed to grow my business. These things are no longer outside of my comfort zone, and I actually enjoy them. I remember Scott telling me one time to “be bold.” That resonated with me, and I remind myself to “be bold” quite a bit. Being bold is fun!

Can you describe your confidence before and after UAC? When thinking about how I have changed in the last year, “confidence” is the specific word that comes to mind. A year ago, I had no idea how to articulate the value I bring to people, let alone think they would believe me. Now, I can confidently articulate the value I bring to clients, and think they are crazy if they turn me down!

I also had no idea how much to charge for my services. Like most new business owners, I was worried about losing business if my rates weren’t low. UAC gave me a specific model to calculate fair price. Now I am able to confidently quote a price on the spot, and I have the confidence to turn down a potential client if it isn’t going to work for me.

What are you doing now since graduation? Everything! I am still working a full-time job managing a finance department with 10 employees, while building my own business “on the side.” I have a family and a 4-year-old son. UAC and my coach, Scott, helped me realize when I needed help with the production side of my business, to allow me time to continue to grow my business and still live my life. I even hired a bookkeeper about two months ago whom I found with Scott’s assistance, and who had taken UAC’s Professional Bookkeeper course.

How is your life better after training with UAC? Quite simply, I am doing something I enjoy and am successful at it. I am happier overall. The confidence I gained from UAC has spilled over into other parts of my life as well. I am only a couple of months away from leaving my full-time job, which will allow me much more time to grow my business and spend more time with my family.

This was really the whole purpose of starting this business. I even chose the name Freedom Accounting & Tax Services.

What advice do you have for those considering enrolling with UAC? You would be crazy not to do it! It turned out to be one of the best investments I have ever made. Most successful people invest in themselves and their continued growth. It was a big investment with a big reward.

I would suggest someone considering UAC take time to analyze themselves. What are their strengths and weaknesses? What are they missing to be successful? UAC can provide that. And, if they need help with this analysis, they should definitely enroll, because that was one of the first things my coach helped me with!

If you’re ready to take control of your own life and enjoy the same freedom and confidence that Steven found, call today: (877) 833-7909.

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