We had the good fortune of connecting with Kayla Allen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kayla, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
The Boutique Bookkeeper happened organically. When I was in my 20’s I got my Masters in Accounting and my CPA. I started as an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and that offered me a window into so many different businesses and their inner-workings. It was fascinating! Once I had my CPA I was looking for a new adventure, and that and so much more led me to open my first Pure Barre studio in 2013 and become a small business owner. I have owned and operated my fitness studios for eight years now. I own two locations, Pure Barre Brentwood and Pure Barre Santa Monica, and I have been through all the life cycles of a business: I have opened two, purchased one, sold one, operated them on my own, hired managers to manage them for me, and I have felt all the highs and lows only a small business owner can understand. And that is where The Boutique Bookkeeper was born. My training and experience naturally led me to start helping friends with accounting questions, helping with their bookkeeping, and now more recently with business operations. My CPA gives me a unique perspective, and with eight years owning and operating multi-location Pure Barres, consulting for small businesses feels natural to me.
What should our readers know about your business?
My business is here to help you run your business. I manage the books and anything else you need. Running a small business is a challenge like no other! It is very common for small business owners to feel alone and unable to see the forest for the trees. The day-to-day detail and complication of running a business can be all-consuming. And that’s where I come in. I help you take a step back, look at the big picture, and make owning your business fun! It’s usually minor changes. And sometimes all you need is someone (me!) to do the bookkeeping so you can keep doing what you love and grow your business. Change is hard! But we need to change and grow to be successful. But that’s hard on the owner, the clients, the guests, and the team. And that’s why I prioritize change in small doses, prioritizing kindness, to make real and lasting change in whatever way you need for your business. I have been in the trenches before. I know what it’s like!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When friends and family come to town I love to spend as much quality time as possible with walks, biking, and lots of time to chat and catch up. The perfect day: bike to Peet’s on Montana for coffee, bike along the beach, class at Pure Barre (obviously!), lunch at Thyme on Ocean Park, and a walk along Main Street and the Farmers market. Dinner at Uova on 2nd street is my fave! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Where do I even begin?! My success is tied to so many people! My main shoutouts go to a few major players. My parents! They are wonderful! And they’re very rational people. I learned a lot from them that I can translate to business. And my husband Todd. He believed in me before I believed I could run my own business, and for that I’m forever grateful. And a special shoutout to every Pure Barre team member I’ve had for shaping me as a leader, and to the strong Pure Barre owners across the country and especially in LA who are the first to have my back. Pure Barre is my extended family! And to all the strong women I have crossed paths with. You have helped shape my perspective, you have helped me solidify who I am by showing me what I am capable of, who I attract into my life, and what being a leader truly means!