Today we’d like to introduce you to Quinette Collins.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
So in 2013 after years of working at the same place of business, I decided I wanted more for myself and my children. Money at my job at the time paid the bills but I still needed government assistance. As a single mom of 3, I felt I needed to further my education so I could be financially stable enough to support myself and my children without ANY government assistance, I also felt if I were going back to school, I would go to study something in the field that I would love to wake up doing everyday. No more miserable 9-5 desk jobs. By 2015 I started my own waist trainer business to substitute my income after resigning from my 9 to 5 to pursue school full time. At that point I was due to take A&P l and II and Microbiology, which were intense courses, being a single mom of 3 children I knew I couldn’t work full time and tackle those courses, my job didn’t off part-time, so I stepped out on faith and used my weekends from school to drive to female clients and sale them Waisttrianer’s. I knew I had to do what I needed to substitute income from my job. I resigned from and obtain my associates in Life Science degree, so I could move on to enter into a nursing program.
Well, I’ve prepared my own taxes along with a few family members since 2005, self-taught off of at home softwares but wasn’t able to teach myself how to prepare “business taxes” properly. So I in 2016 decided to go ahead and allow a tax office prepare my 2015 tax return, seeing I only had my waist trainer business to file. I assumed once I see the documentation, I could review the work and I would be able to prepare any additional years on my own. This wasn’t the case. 😮
I graduated in December of 2016 with the associates degree I mentioned previously. That January 2017 I went back to the same office to have my business taxes prepared and I figured while I’m waiting to get accepted into Nursing school, why not work in the tax office, that way I can make money and learn anything additional I needed to become a licensed tax preparer. I was hired and trained to start that February, I was able to gather about ten prospective clients. I promoted on social media, gave anyone who came to me the highest level of survive and when tax season ended about May of 2017, I had close to 200 clients. By 2018, I was a manager with three staff members working under me. And the year 2019! I used my savings from the previous year to fully furnish my tax office with everything new, I paid my office up for a year…ON MY OWN. No loans, not handouts, all by myself. I express this because some women feel as if they have to settle or sale themselves short for assistance, but the feeling hits so different when you hustle and save to make it happen on your own. No one is able to hold any portion of your success over your head. Anywho, back to what I was explaining…I was able to open my own office, I hired ten staff members and I trained and assist them in becoming licensed with the government to prepare taxes. I feel hand picked the perfect group of individuals. 🙏🏾 I am excited to see who God sends me to extend my growing tax family next year and I’m eager to mold and shape them too into excellent licensed tax preparers.
I have also decided to continue furthering my education in Nursing school, claiming I will be in a Nursing program Spring of 2020! I feel if I’m accepted, with God in my corner I will be able to run my office and run my grades up to A’s in the classroom!
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?
Of course! Working since 15, it was hard letting go of my job to rely on income of the waist training bussiness. It took a lot of budgeting and sacrifices but I’m glad I made the decision to do so, I wouldn’t have been able to obtain my degree had I remained at the job I resigned from.
As far as my first year as a tax office owner, BABY it was extremely stressful, owning a tax office, dealing with the government and antsy clients is hell as it is….then add the fact I was responsible for ten agents and their clients, was a true learning experience. I am just so grateful I have so many understanding individuals in my corner and my support system is truly A1.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Xpert Taxes story. Tell us more about the business.
My company prepares both business and personal taxes. We are known for and take pride in maximizing our client’s refund. We are certainly a contender to other tax offices, which is why we offer FREE estimates, NO socials needed, I think offering our clients this luxury alone takes the stress away…knowing new clients main concern is giving out their personal information.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I feel the fact I used my entrepreneurial spirit to make money while I was in school, rather rely on someone else is what lead me to the tax office I worked for and essentially to having my own tax office.
- Address: Xpert Taxes
17000 El Camino Real ste 102E
Houston, TX 77058
- Phone: Office: (832) 224-9918
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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