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Providing financial solutions since 2008
Who We Are
“Data collected is powerful. It’s not just a point in time, it’s a collection of time. And I’ve seen that work for people.” – Michelle Vilms
For Michelle Vilms, it’s not just about the numbers. It’s about the transformative effect those numbers can have on a business when they’re organized and simplified.
“The part that excites me is that training and the way that people flourish in their own passion,” says Michelle. “We’re really empowering them to make really great business decisions.”
Traditionally, we leave our bookkeeping in the backroom, a mystery for some accounting wizard to fix for us once a month or once a year because we have to. But what if understanding our finances is easier than we think? And what if that meant we could dramatically improve our businesses?
That’s that “aha” moment that Michelle has made her life’s work.
She’s spent decades perfecting it. Michelle uses new technology to give small businesses the power to understand their finances minute-to-minute, empowering them to grow and expand in new ways. Michelle understand the challenges of small businesses intimately. She is one.
In the 1990s, Michelle was part of the team that helped grow office supplies store Staples from a chain of more than 100 stores to a $15 billion company as director of marketing and finance. But after 11 years, she made the tough decision to leave and pursue her calling as a financial consultant. Vilms Consulting naturally grew out of that work.
Today Michelle serves clients with earnings in the $500,000 to $6 million range. She marries the newest technologies with a tried-and-true human approach to accounting. She helps businesses and nonprofits not only get their finances in order, but also truly understand them.
“We’re your practical accountants,” she says simply. “There has to be a human element.”
It’s a different, more personal approach than clients find at large accounting firms.
Using QuickBooks Online, TSheets and Bill.com, Michelle helps clients build efficient and intuitive systems for their accounting and plan for their futures. But more than that, she aims to give them the keys to their own businesses.
Michelle is a QuickBooks Advanced Certified ProAdvisor. She earned her BS in Accountancy from Long Island University and her MBA from Babson College. She supports many nonprofits in the Boston area and serves as an Artemis Circle Committee Member for the Boys & Girls Club of Boston and is an overseer for the New England Aquarium.
When Michelle is not working she likes to spend time on the beach by the ocean, any ocean in any season, every chance she gets.
“I’m adamant that the owners need to be involved and understand it,” she says. “That’s what makes you successful.”
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“Working with Michelle was a game changer for my small business. I had recently started to switch from cash to accrual based accounting, but didn't understand what I was looking at. My numbers were way off because I didn't know how to reconcile bank and credit card statements. Michelle taught me how to do this effectively, helped to reconcile 3 years worth of accounting, created custom reports, and identified the right numbers for my 5-year projections. And now I have more sophisticated Quickbooks skills to stand on my own! But when I need help, I know she's there and has the knowledge and patience to help me.”
“Michelle and her team have added great value to our consulting business by allowing us to see the true financial state of the business. She worked with Point Taken Consulting to recommend and implement changes that gave us much greater insight into the drivers of our business. We made accounting procedural changes, and are implementing a new budgeting process to help better manage our business. She is a quick study, responsive and creative.”