We had the good fortune of connecting with Channin Campbell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Channin, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Very simply…education. In communities of color, in particular, this scale of learning just doesn’t happen. Unless you’re exposed to financial literacy at home or in the classroom, you’re lost, in a sense. I’m hoping to bridge the gap between that lack of education, while also freeing up the time spent on their bookkeeping adventures. At the core, while the objective, of course, is to run a successful enterprise, I also want to ensure that my clients are well-versed on what is happening with their finances, so that when they peruse the reporting I provide in their free time, they can make sound business decisions as well without second guessing themselves.
What should our readers know about your business?
Walk with me. Here we are, 2020 – middle of a pandemic, I’ve now been in the corporate setting for 8 years and though I love it, a part of me was itching for just a bit more. I’d already been doing bookkeeping for a start-up client in Roswell, GA for approximately two years and the aspect of really educating them on what they needed to do in order to remain financially stable spoke to me. It took my good friends speaking blessings over me and me being in solitude during that time to really refocus and recognize that I could pour my knowledge into our community if I only took the steps I needed to organize my business. So, I did just that! And I’m proud to say that INRÉ: A Bookkeeping Boutique is now welcoming new clients who desire a little more of a personal touch on their business finances! Was it easy? HA! Definitely not. But I don’t anything worth having will be easy anyway. Truthfully, though, I was my own obstacle. I knew I had the foundational background, but I lacked the confidence needed to step out on faith. Additionally, learning how to delegate was a challenge for me. I think people tend to get caught up in the “Well, I know exactly how I want it done, so I’ll do everything myself” cycle. When, realistically, there are people who specialize in the things you need to have done, freeing you up to work on those tasks that truly matter. I curated this business to offer virtual bookkeeping services, especially for those who consider themselves creatives and for my fellow small business peeps. As a boutique firm, I take pride in not only having big firm capabilities, but small firm personality. What does that mean? It means with INRÉ, everybody counts. My goal is to make your bookkeeping seamless & efficient, so you can get back to growing your business! Not only do we offer bookkeeping services, we also offer payroll services for small businesses.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I always say that summertime in Atlanta is, by far, the best time to visit the city – simply because there is so much to do at any given time. For example, you can have a picnic in Piedmont Park and people watch, if that’s your thing or if you’re looking for some adventure, grab your friends, go buy or rent some floats, and shoot the ‘Hooch! If the clubs are your thing, the team over at OAK Atlanta & Whisky Mistress will definitely show you a great time at any point during the week. The brunch spots are plentiful, but I think the best brunches in the city belong to Another Broken Egg, Garden Parc, Gocha’s & Nouveau. Dinner – wow…a super toss up. It really depends on your vibe. For a date night, The Oceanaire, Ray’s on the River/Ray’s in the City, Nan Thai, King + Duke. Casual vibes – you can never go wrong with Ponce City Market & if the mood strikes, hit the rooftop for some fun! Thrill-seekers love Six Flags, obviously, but Treetop Quest is another hidden gem right outside the city. You can’t leave without hitting the museums – the High, the National Center for Civil & Human Rights, the MLK Historic Site, among others. I, personally, love to hike as well, so Roswell Mill has some beautiful views, but if you don’t mind a short drive Amicalola Falls also offers some incredible hiking and views.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Wow….is it possible to say everyone?!? I mean, honestly…this is for the dreamers. The ones who are piddling around with an idea, thinking that there’s no way that it’ll work or be successful. DO IT AFRAID! It sounds so cliché, but there’s a fair amount of truth to that statement. The only way you fail is if you don’t try. Specifically, though…of course, I have to give honor and praise to the Most High. No way I’d here without Him. I also have a remarkable friend & family group. There’s way too many to specifically name, but each of them have poured into me in such a way that it has made this transition to entrepreneur pretty exciting! I couldn’t ask for better support. The refer me to people, repost everything I post on social media, give me sound advice, pray over me, etc. They push me to go beyond my self-imposed limits and for that, I’m truly thankful. But above all, this is for my mother. Which, again, sounds incredibly cliché, right? “Everyone dedicates things to their mama.” She deserves it. I have never seen a person with such gusto and such determination. A single-parent, not only raising her children, but molding the lives of countless others as an educator and Principal. Not only that, pursuing a Doctorate degree, driving hours back and forth to SC to obtain that – not going into any debt to do so, mind you. At one point, working 3 jobs to ensure that my education was paid for without any debt. All while dealing with her own personal struggles with which women deal. I mean, I could honestly write a book on how selfless this woman is. I’m immensely blessed and grateful to have a mother like her & I can’t thank her enough for instilling that same level of determination in me. MAMA, THIS IS FOR YOU!
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