My Career in Numbers - from NC to Tennessee (Our Interview with Lynn Talbott)
When we interview clients for our blogs, there are a few things we ask them: What prompted you to start your own company? What do you like best about doing business in Chattanooga? What piece of advice would you like to share with other entrepreneurs or start-ups? How has our company helped you in your success?
Well, today we're interviewing ourselves!
For those of you who don't know us yet, here's a bit of background on HRBiz owner, Lynn Talbott: I grew up in North Carolina with 2 sisters. My father was an engineer and entrepreneur and his father before him was an entrepreneur as well. We are a math family - my older sister is a high school advanced math teacher and my younger sister is an aerospace engineer. I always knew I wanted to go into accounting but not in the traditional way. Our family enjoyed outdoor activities when we were young , which is probably why I became an area director for Girl Scouts as an adult. I was able to share my knowledge of camping logistics, wildlife identification, trail-savvy, and basic "girl power" skills with the next generation.
I've always had an interest in relationship-building, so it was natural for me to specialize in Human Resources when I received my B.S. at UNC - Chapel Hill. Several years later I moved to Seattle, Washington and worked in Human Resources in with large corporations including Eddie Baur, PACCAR, and REI.
What prompted you to start your own company?
I took a break from the corporate world to raise our two kids in the Chattanooga area while still consulting with a few clients. When my kids were in High School, I decided to go back to school for my MBA. While there, I decided to expand my bookkeeping and consulting business and become a corporate entity. I hired Darlene Baker and Lynn Breedlove in 2013 when my business took off. We've built a good team together over the past three years.
What do you like best about doing business in Chattanooga?
We have a supportive network of referrals here in Chattanooga. CPA's send their clients to us for bookkeeping clean-up at tax time. When restaurants need help to streamline their in-house systems, they call us. Contractors appreciate our expertise in the job costing area because they can spend more time with their clients instead of on paperwork.
What piece of advice would you like to share with other entrepreneurs or start-ups?
Be willing to outsource your areas of weakness. Know what you are good at and what you are not good at and accept it. It's better to hire to your weaknesses than to be overwhelmed and stressed. It is a strategic plan that entrepreneurs need to come around to.
How has HR Business Solutions encouraged you in your success?
As the founder of HR Biz, I can say my team has been a great encouragement to me. Everyone communicates well to maintain continuity between ourselves and our clients. Somehow we have managed to bring the fun back into bookkeeping. My staff has the flexible option of working from home and that helps us maximize efficiency.
Is there anything else you'd like us to know about you or HR Business Solutions?
My work philosophy is: Strive for excellence in what you do. Encourage others along the way. Keep on the sunny side!
Lynn Talbott, MBA, PHR, has over 20 years’ experience consulting with entrepreneurs of small to mid-sized businesses in the HR and Office Management capacity. She specializes in Office/Human Resource Manager coaching and training and finding practical solutions for bookkeeping errors and HR blunders. Lynn has helped manage over 50 business start-ups and many of those companies continue to rely on her expertise today as they continue to grow.