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Meet Martin Meyer of B Meyer Bookkeeping Solutions in Sugar Land

Today we’d like to introduce you to Martin Meyer.

Martin, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I sold my scrap metal business in 1999 and was looking for something else I could do. My wife has always worked in accounting and prior to entering the Army in 1971 I was working on a degree in accounting so it just seemed the natural fit.

I returned to college in 2000 taking business and accounting courses at the University of Houston. In August of 2001 I decided to re-enter the work force. Unfortunately, the tragedy of September 11, 2001 and the downfall of Enron created a less than perfect environment for returning to the workforce. Jobs were scare as everyone who worked for Enron and Arthur Anderson were thrown back into the workforce after losing everything that had.

Since there were no permanent positions available I started doing contract work and that was the very beginning of B Meyer Bookkeeping. Of course the name went through several changes over the years and my wife joined the company in 2209.

Today we are a successful Veteran owned bookkeeping service providing bookkeeping services virtually nationwide. We use hosting services for the QuickBooks desktop versions and we also are certified in the QuickBooks online version. B Meyer Bookkeeping Solutions also offers payroll services.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Starting a business is always a struggle and transitioning to using a hosting service so we could provide virtual bookkeeping services nationwide was a challenge. Adding QuickBooks Online as part of our servicing options was a challenge as the software is totally different from the desktop version we had been using since 2002. Cash flow was a problem but we were able to resolve that issue over time.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
We are a unique husband and wife team that works very well together. My wife has her clients and I have mine. However, with our over 65 years of combined bookkeeping and business experience we have a lot to offer our clients.

We are known for our availability to our clients since we office from home being virtual bookkeepers; we can take client calls and inquiries at any time. However, if you call or email me at 3AM I will have to return your call or email later in the day.

We work with a number of different clients from manufacturing, technology companies, real estate investors, and custom home builders.

What were you like growing up?
I am still working on the growing up part, but I am getting there. I played football in junior high school (that’s what it was called back then) and in high school. I always have like fishing and hunting and loved spending time with my Uncle Herman who owned a sporting goods store in Bay City, Texas.

My father owned his own business a pawn shop located in downtown Houston. I started going there as far back as I can remember and really started working there some in my teen years. This was my first experience with owning your own business; of course I come for a family of entrepreneurs so that help in my resolve to for the most part work for myself.

I worked for Weingarten’s and Rice food marketing after school and on weekends starting when I was 13 easier to do in those days. I also worked for Gordon’s Jewelers in the display department while going to college.

When I returned from the Army in 1974 I went to work for the Veteran’s Administration as they had jobs for returning veterans. In 1975 I got my first introduction into the scrap metal business working for Gulf Metals Industries which has since been sold. I also worked as an electrician with Local 716 for several years until the bottom fell out of the economy in the 1980’s. I returned to the scrap metal business and eventually opened my own scrap metal business.

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