Graduate Spotlight: Steven Heintz

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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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