From pickles to pirates and everything in between. We work with a variety of business types and non-profits. With clients in entertainment, food, advertising, fashion, education and technology . From simple start ups to larger organizations with more complex needs. We work with clients through expansions, all kinds of audits and in many highly regulated industries.
While we specialize in finance, we have experience in many different areas. We realize that many of our clients started business to do what they love- which they didn't realize came with bookkeeping, payroll, record keeping, tax planning and other, even more exhilarating and unexpected responsibilities. That's where we come in.
We aim to organize- to help our clients create systems that make day to day operations easier. We aim to educate our clients - so they feel comfortable and confident with their finances and understand how the information is prepared and how to analyze it. Above all, we aim to help our clients reach their fiscal and organizational goals, whether that's a third restaurant or international distribution- we want to get you there.
We tailor our working style to meet the needs of your business. Some clients we work with completely remotely. Some we work with only onsite. Most however, are a combination. We are dedicated to making a system as automated and efficient as possible, so that we can spend more time on higher level strategy and planning.
For a bunch of number crunchers, we dislike doing more data entry than absolutely necessary. We don't think you should pay for it either.
After years of preparing tax returns, setting up books, and strategizing with entrepreneur friends and acquaintances just for the fun of it, Liz decided to make a career of helping small businesses grow. She loves the opportunity to work with a diverse client base with unique challenges.
Extra-Flaming Hot Cheetos are the surest way to bribe this number-crunching Bay Area Native! Coming from a background in retail sales & retail banking, we shamelessly recruited this UC Berkeley Grad from the bank around the corner.
Justine has the patience of a saint when compiling tax returns and when bribed with candy can turn around pro formas in record time. Liz lured her from a local bank where she worked as a commercial teller, and she was Liz’s “right hand man” until she recently relocated back to her homeland in Idaho. Luckily we didn’t even need to bribe her to work remotely!
Jessica spends 16 hours a day drawing and the other 8 working on your books. Sleepless nights are the only way we can fathom how she has the time to be creating so much art... and maintaining her immaculate manicure. You’ll see her attention to detail spans much further than bookkeeping services when you check out her darkly creative talents as an illustrator.
We try to keep it a secret that Ashley is emailing clients from Hawaii, but her cheery disposition makes it clear that her life is just THAT awesome. Originally hailing from England, after only 3 years in San Francisco she now spends her time hiking & swimming at Kailua beach – that is, when she’s not busy keeping up with her clients here on the mainland.
When’s she not behind the glow of a computer screen, this talented local actress can be found beneath the stage lights. While following her own artistic dreams, Monica seeks to help creatives become more financially literate.
While Amber’s wit and legendary Texan charm are an invaluable asset to our team – her fifteen years of bookkeeping experience come in pretty handy as well. Amber is on the path to become a corporate lawyer. When she’s not busy busting out perfect P&L’s, she’d like to be front-and-center at a Broadway Show.
Lakshmi hails from Mumbai, India – which is famous for street food – and women with a dry sense humor and a penchant for bookkeeping. If Lakshmi ever leaves the East Bay it will be to live in Hawaii on the beach with her husband. Incidentally, she holds advanced degrees in accounting from San Diego State University and was a volunteer for the IRS’s VITA program.
Aysha is so obsessed with calendars she continues to manage Liz’s schedule remotely from rural Washington State! 10 years in SF and a Master’s Degree in Poetry prepared her for hand-crafting the Liz is All Biz scheduling emails you know & love. When she’s not staring at iCal she’s snuggling her baby boy who was born in March 2016.
Logan started doing her grandparents’ and parents’ books and inventories in the pre-computer accounting world and in the decades since has lived many different lives – as a photography small business owner, a manager for real estate development, a nightclub / hospitality industry bookkeeper and as a mom. For a good time, ask Logan about drone piloting.
Keila is LIAB’s first, only (and favorite!) Intern. She’s currently in school working on her AA and dreaming of being a nurse practitioner and owning a house full of dogs someday. She brightens the office with her smile –– and lots and lots of coffee.
It has been a pleasure to work with Elizabeth Hanley on matters related to finance because she is organized, mission-centered, and fun to be around. Elizabeth is eager to apply her accounting skills and help improve systems as necessary. We are incredibly lucky to work with her. Bita Nazarian Executive Director, 826 Valencia
We work with entrepreneurs on the financial management, tax, bookkeeping, and cash flow issues that can make or break a small business. We also offer operations support – from payroll and HR to general office management support; we tailor our services to you. We know what you're up against, and have the expertise to help you minimize headaches and maximize profits.
We understand the pressures faced by our small business clients: an increasingly complex and ever-changing tax law; the constant need to control costs and improve efficiencies; the never-ending cash flow challenges; record keeping – you deal with a lot. But we understand that your business is personal.
We create and maintain bookkeeping systems. We manage both accounts payable and receivables. We file sales taxes, payroll taxes,1099 filings, federal and state withholdings, and almost anything else.
We prepare taxes for small businesses, non-profits, and independent contractors. We specialize in the creative and unusual industries- although we prepare plenty of 'regular' taxes too.
We manage payroll and general office-y type things. We help those who are, in the words of one client, “allergic to forms”. We maintain records for highly regulated industries - model releases, Dept. of Justice clearances, etc.
Because sometimes when you are small you need encouragement or just someone else to bounce ideas off of. We are always there to provide support through transitions and to brainstorm with.
We help prepare business plans and pro-formas. We offer support for dealing with investors and financing. We can help you work through the nitty-gritty logistics of what it means to open your own business.
This is probably our favorite part. We help owners and managers analyze numbers to improve profitability and efficiency. We love working to help businesses grow.
Elizabeth Hanley is an absolute dream. Her accounting and finance skills are superb, and her willingness to go above and beyond the task at hand is what sets her apart. She anticipates client needs and possesses a real strength for strategy. Her expertise and incredible attitude are what have convinced me to recommend her to a bevvy of my colleagues, from the nonprofit sector, to small business owners, to individuals seeking more financial structure. ICHI Sushi wouldn’t be ICHI Sushi without Elizabeth Hanley.