Crystal Swett, Owner & Bookkeeper
With twenty three years of experience in the ever-evolving field of accounting and bookkeeping in the Kelso, WA area, Crystal Swett is a seasoned professional. Her experience with clients from a wide variety of industries has thoroughly prepared her to adapt to fit the needs of nearly any circumstance, conquer any accounting conundrum, and straighten out any set of unruly books.
Crystal not only has an Associate’s Degree in Accounting, but she has also taken advantage of many opportunities for continuing education in the field, as the industry is increasingly shaped by technological advancements, new software, and progressively more efficient and accurate methods.
She is dedicated to continually learning and implementing industry-standard techniques and technology. This combined with her solid understanding of the long-standing and unchanging fundamentals of bookkeeping and accounting make her the ideal consultant for removing the burden of those behind-the-scenes mountains of paperwork from any business owner.
More than that, her affinity for organization and linear, yet creative thinking qualifies her to tackle all of those technical details that become so easy for small business owners to put on the back burner. Her honesty, reasonableness, attention to detail, personal interest, and good humor make her a trusted partner and a joy for any Kelso or Longview, WA business owner to collaborate with.
With Crystal, her clients are not mere numbers, they are people. She understands how much her clients have invested in their companies, and she is determined to set their books up for success.
Crystal’s experience is backed by various certifications, memberships and partnerships with relevant institutions and collaborators in the industry of bookkeeping and accounting including:
- Member of AIPB (American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers)
- Advanced Online QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor
- ICB-USA (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers)
- Hubdoc Certified Advanced Partner
- Sleeter Group
Alexa Swett, Bookkeeper
Alexa started honing her bookkeeping skills at the exceptionally young age of 16. With an extremely admirable work ethic and a determination rarely seen among her peers, Alexa set out to learn not just how to be a bookkeeper, but how to do the job right.
Now, four years into her bookkeeping career, Alexa has already had the opportunity to work with multiple local businesses here in the Kelso – Longview, WA area. Her first job was working for Kelso’s Hart Radiator & Air Conditioning service as a junior bookkeeper where she began to learn the ins and outs of full charge bookkeeping for a business, while at the same time juggling a full time college schedule.
Simultaneously, Alexa was doing janitorial work for Ralph Hanson Janitorial and Bronson Property Management. Balancing multiple jobs as well as a stack of college classes is no easy feat, but Alexa enjoyed the hard work and found satisfaction in it.
Alexa thrives on anything that has to do with organization and routines, so it is safe to say that bookkeeping is a perfect fit for her structured personality. The word ‘shortcut’ is simply not part of Alexa’s vocabulary. She will never take the easy way out and will always put in the extra effort it takes to accomplish a task correctly.
Since the beginning of 2016, Alexa has been working with Abacus Bookkeeping & Consulting, LLC and has enjoyed seeing the business grow. She also works for Columbia Theatre, caring for their donor database.
Some Kelso business owners might be apprehensive about letting a bookkeeper as young as Alexa near their books. Don’t let her age fool you! Alexa may not have the decades of experience that more seasoned bookkeepers may have to draw on, but she is incredibly resourceful. She humbly recognizes that she does not know all there is to know about bookkeeping; however she loves to learn and knows how to find answers when she meets with a challenge.
Alexa obtained her Associates in Accounting from Lower Columbia College in 2017. She was awarded by being included on President’s List when she graduated from LCC, meaning she maintained an impressive GPA of 3.8-4.0 during all of her schooling. She also completed her QuickBooks Online Certification.
Since graduation, Alexa has continually tried to expand her bookkeeping knowledge and hone her expertise. In 2017 she attended a business convention in Boston for accountants called Accountex. The interesting program caught her up to speed on the latest technology offered for bookkeepers and accountants.
Besides her secular accomplishments, Alexa has countless endearing personal traits. Her integrity, trustworthiness, sense of humor, and compassion make her not only a reliable business partner, but also a good friend. From a young age, Alexa has always nurtured and cared for those around her. She loves concerts and music, but most of all she loves sharing memorable moments with good people.
From the time she completed her schooling, Alexa has dedicated herself to volunteering 70 hours each month to benefit a worldwide education program. Alexa is the kind of person you want on your team!