Annett Leitgebel is here to shatter the mold of what we consider a traditional tax advisor to be (a nerdy, number-cruncher). Aside from her passion for supporting medium-sized businesses, she is a novice photographer, cat-loving, and full-on costume wearing carnival attendee.

In her interview, we talked about her jump from employee to business owner, the importance of networking, and the proverbial glass ceiling.

Tell me about your current business.

I am a cross-border consultant and tax advisor. Apart from my direct work as a cross-border consultant, I also support global companies with their international assignments.

Did you have a business partner when you started your business?

No.  After years of going back and forth, I decided to jump. I gave a three month (resignation) notice and used that paid three-month time period to create my business plan. The creativity I was allowed to use was fun – it allowed my personality to shine through.

Where is your primary workspace?  What are the challenges & benefits?

My primary workspace is from home. I deal with international clients, so most of our meetings are in a virtual office. When I do meet local clients, I have local meeting spaces available.

The benefit of a home office is that I am able to work the hours my international clients need.  The struggle is being able to leave work behind.  I have workaholic tendencies, so having an office in my home only encouraged 24/7 work access.  I would recommend anyone that plans on using a home office to have a dedicated work line, and they should leave the cell in the office, with all notifications turned off after hours.

What advice would you have for someone who wants to start a similar business?

Network. Reach out to successful business owners in your area. Entrepreneurs want to share their journeys. Listen, and bypass their mistakes. Most importantly – ask for help!!

Contract labor can be a great asset to an entrepreneur.  Have you ever hired a temp or contractor?

I cannot recommend a V.A. (virtual assistant) enough. There is a large time investment to train them properly, but it is worth it in the long run. I have two V.A.s, and they remove a large burden for me. They allow me to work on my business, not in the day to day minutiae.

What advice do you have for female entrepreneurs?

Don’t set limitations on yourself.

What is your superpower? Kryptonite?

I’ve never been asked this before.  I would say my superpower is always seeing the best in things. Kryptonite?  Snacking on unhealthy snacks.