Here’s what my clients have to say…
Liz Lajoie is a gifted CFO and teacher.
I was terrified to take her course because as a business owner I thought I certainly should have known all of this by now.... And I didn't. I was initially embarrassed at the state of affairs of my accounting and book keeping knowledge. I had been like an ostrich and hired the work out yearly for tax purposes only.
The From Zero To Zen program, and Liz's teaching style, opened my eyes to a new way of interacting with my numbers. Not something to push aside, but something to develop a relationship with. I now have a set system in place and feel so clear about business decisions and that is priceless.
Sarah Richardson ~ Running Enthusiast & Racecation Facilitator ~ Rise And Shine www.riseandshine.run October 10, 2017
Liz is so easy to work with. She's a great listener and very responsive to her clients' wants and needs. She makes them a priority in the solutions you build together.
For the first three years of my business, using my personal accounts to do everything. I kept a spreadsheet of expenses for my tax accountant and I trusted him to pull everything out at tax time. Beyond that, I didn't really track profit or loss at all. I just paid for things as I went. To be honest, I was afraid of the numbers...afraid of what they might tell me. And I thought that keeping my own books would be hard. But I also wanted to grow my business and knew it was time to put on the big girl pants, which is why I chose to work with Liz. Now I have business accounts set up and bookkeeping platforms in place that I know how to use! I just met with my CPA and I actually felt like I knew what I was talking about!
Any entrepreneur who's ready to go beyond the "baby steps" in building their business will benefit from having Liz help set up your books properly and give you a firm knowledge of the terminology and processes that make a business financially successful. You really can go From Zero To Zen!
Mara Linaberger - Online Education Specialist & Author www.maralinaberger.com October 1, 2017
The best thing about working with Liz is that there is NO judgment, FULL support, and accountability in making my finances understandable and fun! (No, really...)
Before I signed up for From Zero To Zen, I was running my business in a "start-and-stop" manner. I wasn't consistently tracking my finances and was always playing catch-up when there was "time". Now I have a completely clean online bookkeeping system and an easy-to-manage plan for handling my finances on a weekly basis. I always know where I stand!
Liz was always available to answer questions, share her vast knowledge of financial management, and ready with good ideas about other areas of my business, too. I truly recommend this for anyone needing to get clear on your financial plan and how to manage it to your best advantage.
Kristina Hallett ~ Psychologist & Author of "Your Own Best Friend" www.drkristinahallett.org September 30, 2017
The lovely, soft manner Liz has of gently easing you into understanding your financials is truly Zen. This magic even has me looking forward to doing my bookkeeping work every Monday as I head into each new week for my business...managing my money has become fun!
Before I started working with Liz, the financial aspect of my business was a bit helter-skelter. I was tracking sales and expenses in various spreadsheets, but weeks would go by without my tending it, so it became a humongous undertaking to get it all caught up again. To be honest, the idea of dealing with my finances made me a little queasy and tax time was a nightmare! Now I have a system in place to track everything and reports telling me exactly where I stand at any moment. I love that!
Liz makes the process of looking at your finances and understanding them as painless as possible. And she has the patience of Job! I would (and do) recommend the From Zero To Zen program for any of my fellow coaches who are starting or growing their business. So often we focus on what we want for our business, and forget to pay attention to how our business works, particularly our finances. You can't be truly successful without understanding your accounting and Liz is a great resource to have in your corner. She's awesome!
Joann Filomena - Life Coach - Widow Coach www.joannthelifecoach.com August 29, 2017
Liz cares about your whole business...not just the books. She'll set you up for success in so many ways!
Last year at tax time, I was surprised to see my total gross income...I'd been feeling like I was barely scraping by in my business and my life. I'd actually made a lot of money - and had nothing to show for it. I was also having a lot of awkward conversations while chasing down clients to pay their invoices. I was totally over it! After working with Liz, I've changed my client on-boarding process and I'm getting paid on time instead of constantly waiting. Plus, I know exactly where my money is going. Every month I can evaluate my business and personal spending, and adjust accordingly to make sure I have leftover cash in the business. No more scrambling to make ends meet!
I learned so much about running a profitable business from Liz. I now know exactly what's happening, how to leverage my finances, and I have all the information I need at my fingertips to grow my business.
Jessica Castle ~ Online Launch Strategist www.jessicamcastle.com August 13, 2017
I love Liz! She's helped me look at my financial reality and understand it. She's given me the language and the framework to have the difficult money conversations with the people in my life (which is so important in my relationships).
I used to feel heavily burdened by growing debt and a sense of hopelessness around money in my personal and business life. I wasn't even sure where to begin to unravel the mess. There was a lot of shame and fear about how out of control it was, and feeling that it was all my fault even though it wasn't. I was trying to solve it by myself and was completely overwhelmed by it all. Liz provided warm, loving guidance, consistent encouragement, and focus on my actual options to create a solution that works for my life. She bolstered my courage and confidence to talk about and deal with my financial reality head-on, with a logical, realistic framework of progressive possibilities.
Liz's work is great for any small business owner who is ready to put on her big girl panties and create a professional framework for cash flow in her business (and consequently her personal life). Her sound ideas, a grounding presence, and her ability to speak from both sides of the brain was invaluable. If you're ready to take responsibility, be rigorously honest, and implement the solutions you'll build together, Liz will be your biggest champion. She is the bomb!
Julie Pierce - Whole Life Coaching - Julona www.julona.com July 1, 2017
Liz is like my "work therapist"...she knows my deep dark business secrets, made it okay to talk about them, bring them out into the light, and helped me make things better!
I'm not a numbers person and I have such a math phobia, I'd been worried I could really master my accounting system. Since working with Liz, I'm able to take better care of my books and overall I feel much more confident with my finances and how to manage everything.
Her program was great because we talked about things I never would have guessed I needed. Not only did we covered basic financial know-how, she managed to personalize our sessions so I could achieve my immediate goals during our time together. This is not a one-size-fits-all experience!
Katie Harris - Photographer - Katie Noble Photography www.katienoblephoto.com April 20, 2017
Liz is so easy to talk to and it’s not at all scary to ask questions; I have so much more confidence moving forward with what she’s taught me about my business.
For years, I’d been meaning to get my finances in better shape, but truthfully, I was worried about not being able to really wrap my head around how it all fits together. And I was scared to really see the numbers in my business. What if this business I’ve been running with my blood, sweat, tears, and soul was actually failing? Working with Liz, I now understand how my finances work, my books are clean and ready for the accountant, and I know my business is actually successful!
I feel I really have a handle on the numbers and understand how they work for the first time. I’ve always been able to sit down and “run my numbers” on what it costs me to be in business, figuring out little snippets of it, but never had a view of the business as whole. Now I have a good understanding of what all of my numbers are and what they mean.
Liz makes this process that seemed completely overwhelming way more manageable. I’m going into 2017 organized and with a huge weight off my shoulders because I know exactly where I stand. She rocks!!
Spring McKenney - Owner - Spring Smith Studios www.springsmithstudios.com January 15, 2017
Liz is a great balance of warmth and professionalism. She made me feel confident and reassured about my finances.
When I started working with Liz, I was feeling shell-shocked from a meeting I’d had with a new accountant and was doubting myself and how I was running my consulting business. Right from the start, she was warm and reassuring. She’s helped me clean up my books and find an accounting system that does everything I need. I have a clear sense of how much money I’ve made this year and know what I need to do to keep my books up to date.Liz is very easygoing, supportive, and prompt with replies to questions and emails. She’s always willing to go over whatever is confusing. I’m feeling much more confident in my business skills and I’m less anxious about my finances. I would absolutely recommend her to other small business owners looking for help with their books. I love working with her!
Katey Zeh - Writer, Strategist & Educator - Sacred Worth Consulting, Inc. www.kateyzeh.com December 8, 2016