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PEAR Accounting Solutions was founded in February of 2016 by Amber Leon, formally Amber Hurst.
I officially began my career in the accounting industry as a young single mother in 2007. Realizing I needed a career to provide for my young son, I decided to take a course on tax preparation looking to build some skills. Soon after I found a position working for a local CPA firm doing bookkeeping and data entry for tax preparation. I had already spent several years helping with the bookkeeping for my family's small business and I thought it might be a good fit.
After a short time it was apparent that accounting was a perfect career choice for me. Eager to learn more, I went back to school while working full time and obtained my Associate's Degree in Accounting with Colorado Technical University Online. In 2012, I passed all three parts of the Special Enrollment Examination with the IRS and became a licensed Enrolled Agent. Still eager to learn and grow, I went back to school with Kaplan University Online and obtained my Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. I also took a course on developing business plans through the local small business development center.
For a short time, I managed a small CPA Firm in Noe Valley in San Francisco following my supervisor who had purchased the firm, but the burden of a long commute and a small child proved to be too difficult to manage as a single mom. So, I returned working with the CPA firm in Napa. In 2015, I was approached by a recruiter that offered me a position with a local winery that would eliminate seasonal over time and give me time back with my family.
After just 8 months with the winery, I was having a tough time balancing work and family as my son was experiencing medical issues that pulled me away during the normal 8 - 5 hours of the accounting department. I realized that I needed to find something that provided me with more flexibility with my schedule so I wouldn't have the guilt or loss of pay for not being available during those normal working hours.
At the time, I was getting requests often from clients that I had previously worked with at the CPA firm to work nights and weekends to help them with business plans as I had been the only one at the firm that prepared them. With only one paycheck in the bank, I decided to take a leap of faith and start PEAR Accounting Solutions.
I had a few things in mind when I first envisioned PEAR:
I wanted to create a company where I could support my small family and my clients working flexible hours that weren't set on the normal 9-5. I didn't want to have to choose between work and family. I knew there had to be a way to have both. I wanted a place that as the company grew employees wouldn't have to worry about choosing either because the flexibility would give them balance.
While working in the CPA firm, I had seen so many companies not able to stay on top of finances and always catching up. I wanted to provide a more affordable solution. The accounting industry has changed so much over the last couple of decades with the advancements in technology and I knew that I could utilize these tools to help clients get the data put together quickly and efficiently so that we could look at the bigger picture and plan ahead.
Often times I heard people say that they never got a call back from their accountant or bookkeeper. I envisioned a company where we are responsive. Even if it is just a quick note to say we are working on it and we will get back to them.
While I have grown as an individual throughout this journey, so have my family and the business. In 2018 we incorporated and today we have 5 full-time employees and 3 part-time employees. Our employees and contractors span the country as we work remotely and we are able to service companies both locally and nationally. We are continuing to grow and expand as well as redevelop and improve the services that we offer. We have fallen in love with the retaurant industry whom we have served for many years, but just recently we have changed our focus to redefining the services we provide and specializing in the industry as we realize how much value it adds to be truly an expert in one field.
In 2017, my husband and I married blending our family of two and three into a family of five and in 2018 we welcomed the sixth member of our family.
It has been a difficult but rewarding journey. I have seen so much growth and development within and I love seeing our clients growing and evolving as well. I look forward to what the future brings.