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Empire Flippers is Hiring an Accounting Assistant

We’re hiring!

Want to be part of something different? You can when you work with us.

We are looking to bring on a talented accounting professional to join our Finance Department in the role of Accounting Assistant, starting February 3rd.  If you have an Accounting background and are interested in expanding your horizons in a unique industry, we’d like to meet you.

Training for this role will commence remotely for the first week of orientation. Then on February 10th, you will join our Director of Finance in south central Colorado for in-person training that will run for approximately 4 weeks. Following the initial training period, the role will become 100% location independent, allowing you to travel anywhere in the world, working within US time zones (read on for the details). Then in April 2020, we would encourage you to meet the rest of the team in Budapest, Hungary, for our biannual company meetup. We would cover expenses of course.

This is a huge opportunity for you to work with one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S. and learn the ins and outs of the online business world. Over the last couple of years, our company has seen explosive growth—and there is no sign of it slowing down. In order to keep hitting our goals, including our 2019 goal of $42 million-worth of businesses sold, we need to expand our horizons and improve our customer experience to a point that makes us the de-facto standard for buying and selling online businesses. Your work will help propel the industry forward to new levels not seen before.

And we’re just getting started!

So what is an Accounting Assistant?

Accounting Assistant is a new role here at Empire Flippers! The need for extra help due to explosive growth both internally and externally has added a mountain of work for our Finance Director – who, coincidently lives in Mountain Standard time zone. We are excited to find her the perfect fit!

The person in this role will perform daily accounting tasks that will support the entire EF team and provide direct assistance for our Finance Director. The ideal candidate will be well-versed in accounting principles, be able to work comfortably with numbers, and have stellar attention to detail. Could this be you?

After a six month probationary period – if it is a good fit for everyone – you will be invited to join our team officially, where you will become a fully fledged Accounting Assistant, eligible for company benefits such as unlimited vacation and worldwide healthcare coverage.

Being a location-independent full time position is one of the many benefits – you’ll be free to work anywhere in the world that serves your creativity best, be it the beaches in Thailand, which does have superb 4G connectivity and cheaper cost of living, or in a mountain resort in the Swiss alps – the choice is yours.

What’s Our Story?

What’s Our Story?

Empire Flippers started in 2011. Back then, we were known as the AdSense Flippers, and we were all about building our own niche sites. We would monetize those sites via Google AdSense. Once the sites were making a little money, we would sell them on Flippa for 20x their net monthly profit.

We recorded our entire journey by blogging all about it.

It was a nice little business and soon we built quite a following of people who loved what we were up to. It got to the point where people asked us if we would use our Flippa account to sell their sites. They told us it would sell easier since we had the audience, and they would pay us a percentage of the sale.

So… we said yes.

It wasn’t long before we were selling way more of other people’s sites than our own.

We realized there was something here. Something big.

In 2012, we rebranded to Empire Flippers and became an online business brokerage in our own right. We launched our marketplace and became the “go-to” solution for people wanting to sell their online businesses.

Fast forward to today, we now have the largest brokerage team in the industry. We have staff that is siloed for each part of the selling and buying process — everyone from marketing and sales team members, to vetting and migration experts.

Now, we’re inviting you to become part of our story.

What’s the Opportunity?

What’s the Opportunity?

Becoming an Accounting Assistant makes you a critical part of the team at Empire Flippers.

You will represent our brand and be the backbone of Empire Flippers to buyers, sellers, and employees while learning skills that will last you a lifetime in the online business world.

Your work ethic and skill set will have a direct impact on our growth. We will offer you training, and give you insights into the online business space that no college course or certification program could ever teach you.

As the #1 curated marketplace for buying and selling established, profitable online businesses, it’s necessary to ensure that all external and internal accounting requirements are met before wire transactions take place. You will manage accounts with entrepreneurs running hundreds of sites as well as some gigantic global e-commerce brands with name recognition.

We have to be scrupulous with details in order to protect our buyers and sellers. This will require your methodical approach with a high degree of accuracy in helping to inspect procedures and identify mistakes or non-conformity issues that may occur. In summary, familiarity with finance regulations, having good math skills and the ability to spot numerical errors is critical. A background in e-commerce or online business is also helpful.

What’s The Accounting Assistant Position Like?

What’s the Position Like?

While we are an Inc. 5000 company, we’re not overly corporate. You’ll work with our entire team alongside our Finance Director to make sure the job gets done. We believe in collaboration, and that means every department in our company comes together to help bring a project to fruition.

It has been an effective strategy, and has worked well for us.

When you first come on board as an Accounting Assistant, you will start learning more about our business before jumping into the job. You will be introduced to daily accounting tasks that support our Empire Flippers team and Finance Director. You will become well versed in all of our processes, from how our deposit system works all the way up to the intricacies of handling the financial transactions and wires of a business acquisition.  Ultimately, you will help our Finance department run smoothly, ensuring transparency and efficiency in all transactions.

You might be wondering, though … what will your daily work routine really look like once you’re up and going?

Here is a list of daily tasks we’ll expect from you (though this isn’t an exhaustive list and could change):

  • Prepare/record multiple sales and expense transactions in various software platforms.
  • Communicate with customers regarding financial matters.
  • Process reimbursement requests.
  • Obtain expense documentation from staff members.
  • Conduct banking duties to include deposit preparation, wire transfers (domestic and foreign) and crypto currency transactions.
  • Assist team members and answer payroll-related questions from employees.
  • Assist with foreign contractor payroll transactions and ensure all amounts and payment dates are accurate.
  • Work with multiple US state payrolls and ensure compliance with all federal and state tax requirements and regulations.
  • Reconcile balance sheet accounts; research and resolve debit/credit balancing issues.
  • Assist the Finance Director with quality assurance and/or conducting audits.
  • Check spreadsheets for accuracy.
  • Maintain digital and physical financial records.
  • Prepare and submit weekly/monthly reports.
  • Assist in the processing of financial statements and other reports according to company accounting and financial guidelines.

What Skills Are Needed?

What Skills Do I Need?

We believe in hiring people who are a good fit with us culturally. We want people who are hungry to learn, but also people that will be fun to work with. It’s important to keep in mind that we are all remote workers. This means that you would need to be comfortable working alone, while knowing you have support from coworkers who are just a Slack message or phone call away.

While cultural fit is imperative, that doesn’t mean we aren’t looking for a certain kind of skill set…

You must be trustworthy. Do we even need to mention it? It’s critical that our Accounting Assistant is ethical in all accounting practices.

You must love numbers and have eyes like a hawk. We’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating: It will be your task to make sure you understand our processes and spot any numerical discrepancies. A high degree of accuracy in quality control is key to the long-term success of our business.

You have experience in QB Online and QB Desktop software. We use QB daily and it is a required skill.

You have solid mastery of accounting principles with a USA-based company. This would include full understanding of Chart of Account classifications, Balance Sheets, P&L Statements, Cost of Goods Sold vs. Expenses, Journal Entry preparation and mastery of Debit and Credit reasoning.

You understand our equipment requirements. You will need a PC to run QuickBook desktop software for payroll, as well as MS Office / Excel. Having secure internet access is a must too. You will be handling banking tasks, which means you will need encrypted wireless capability.

You’re excited about expanding the Empire Flippers brand. We love hiring people that are passionate about their role here, as we expand the online business industry. In many ways, we really are changing lives. We want you to be on board with our mission, participate in industry conversations, and get people excited about working with us.

You take ownership of customer service issues. It’s important that our buyers and sellers know that we care. You will be responsible to help customers with financial questions and give priority service.

You have a dry sense of humor.  To make this work, please be able to laugh. The work is serious enough. There are days you will find it challenging and often tedious. It’s okay to want to find the meaning of life through processing seemingly meaningless transactions and balancing numbers. Self-deprecating humor is an added PLUS.

You love problem solving. Finally, are you someone who enjoys playing Sudoku and is good at it? Do you love solving logic problems, brain teasers too? Then please apply! You might just be the fit we need!

What’s the Lifestyle Like?

What’s the Lifestyle Like?

Our company is built on a culture of remote work, travel, and living life on your terms. Being a location-independent full-time position is one of the many benefits! And while we are a geographically distributed team, the person in this particular role would need to be USA focused, having experience with USA banking practices and accounting protocols.

This work is heavily related to time zone, dealing in USA banking hours. You would need to be awake and conducting business during Central Daylight or Mountain Standard time, working remotely alongside our Finance Director based in Colorado in MST and eventually serving as her backup person.

However, we aren’t going to chain you to a cubicle. You’ll be free to work anywhere that serves your lifestyle best.

The choice is yours. While we’re an Inc. 5000 company, we’re not a Fortune 500 company. You won’t be some badge number in the corporate machine. We will want your input and insight. As you gain more experience, we are going to rely on you to make our accounting processes better and smoother adding structures/processes in place that have the ability to scale as our company grows.

When you first start off, you will be training with our Finance Director for four weeks. We will pay your way to Colorado, and provide you with suitable accommodation and transportation. We will also cover the cost of any travel that we require you to do during your six month probationary period.

You won’t start off making much money.

This position has an annual salary of $40,000 – $55,000 USD, based on qualifications. While not a lot, it is enough to have an enjoyable time in many countries around the world. After six months, you can expect to be added to our paid, international healthcare plan.

Love It. What’s the Catch?

Love It. What’s the Catch?

We love our employees and our work, but that still means you will need to perform up to our expectations. Hopefully, you will exceed those expectations and take us to new heights with the skills you bring to the table.

You will need to be someone who is ultra-flexible. Our business is truly global, and we have staff members and customers in every corner of the globe. You will need to be extremely reliable and responsible … and recognize that this is not a side gig or a gap year experience.

We want you to become a long-term employee with us. Ultimately, we want this accounting assistant position to grow into a profitable career for both you and the company.

The Details to Keep in Mind

Details to Keep in Mind

Remember, we’re not going to throw you into the fire right away.

When you first come on board, you’re going to learn about our company. We will do a deep dive into how our processes and systems work and teach you about each department within the business.

As you get better acquainted with our company and processes, you will start with the low-level tasks, having plenty of guidance and later becoming an independent fully-fledged Accounting Assistant.

Our senior team will review every application that comes our way. For those we think would be a good fit, we will schedule an interview. Typically, we do two rounds of interviews before we decide.

The cut-off date for applying is December 6, 2019. That will leave us a month to review all the applications, and give you time if you’re hired to prepare to come out to Colorado in February.

If this all sounds overwhelming yet exciting to you, then apply! You might be surprised how perfect you are for this role.

How Do I Apply?

Here is the sequence of events we will use when hiring our new Accounting Assistant:

You record a YouTube video* explaining who you are and why you’re a good fit for the position, fill out an application by clicking the link below, and submit it ASAP by December 6, 2019. Please be aware that a YouTube video is mandatory. Submissions without a YouTube URL will not be accepted.

  • We review submissions and schedule first interviews in the second week of December.
  • Second interviews will be conducted in the third week, and a final decision will be made.
  • The chosen candidate will be announced in late December.
  • The new Accounting Assistant will start working with our company on February 3, 2020 (first week will be remote training and onboarding).
  • The new Accounting Assistant will arrive in south central CO to start working with our Finance Director on February 9, 2020, for one month through March 10th. We will provide accommodations and transportation.

A background check is required before employment. You may also be asked to provide a credit report.

*YouTube Video Requirements:

We will only accept submissions that include a YouTube URL. Please leave the video “unlisted” in preferences and share the link with us. The quality of the video doesn’t matter, and there are no bonus points for editing. We simply want (up to) three minutes of you explaining (based on your previous experience):

  1. Why this Accounting Assistant position is an excellent fit for you and us
  2. How you will use your background and experience to best support this role

If you’re thinking about applying, but are worried you might not have enough (insert excuse here) — don’t worry. If you want to build something more than just a 9-to-5 job, then click the “apply” button below.

  

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