By Christina Del Villar, Senior Director of Marketing
Tom Boyle is an entrepreneur at heart. That's been clear since his teen years in North Carolina, when his after-school lawn care business was so successful that he had to hire help. They even wore uniforms. Summers they would "throw watermelons," which is just what it sounds like – taking up ripe melons from the field and throwing them one man to the next down the line to a waiting truck.
So when he found himself employed at a major CPA firm after college, Boyle knew this wasn't where he'd be spending his life. His only purpose there was to get the experience he'd need in order to strike out on his own.
And when he did strike out, he didn't just leave behind the corporate world. He also left behind the time-consuming, paper-based manual processes that prevent so many entrepreneurs from enjoying the freedom they always wanted from business ownership.
Today, Tom's firm, Boyle CPA, uses the latest cloud-based technology from Bill.com to help small and mid-size business clients attain that freedom for themselves, by sending their accounting headaches to the Boyle CPA cloud.
"We embrace technology," says Tom. "Because of the cloud, clients anywhere can outsource their accounting to us. They simply scan each week's receipts, invoices and credit card statements, and we do the rest. When they need to approve a payment or check on a receivable, it's all there online, so they can manage their business from anywhere they have internet access."
The ability to manage via mobile devices is a major benefit for clients and employees alike. For example, when a highly experienced key employee had to move for family reasons, Boyle CPA and its clients didn't need to lose her services.
"Flexibility in scheduling is another key benefit," says Tom. "We like to say 'always be on,' and with remote access we always have someone available. It's very rare that we ever have to tell a client 'tomorrow' when they need something now."
It's also fairly rare that you'll find Tom sitting in his office these days. By the time you can read this, he’ll likely be holding the grand opening of his first franchise sandwich shop, one of four he has planned in another part of the state.
"The closest store is an hour and fifteen minutes away," he says. "Without mobile I would never be able to do this. With mobile access and cloud technology I can continue growing Boyle CPA, give all our clients the service they deserve – and look at new entrepreneurial ventures as well. Technology is my friend."