If you’ve ever wondered what your bookkeeper does when they’re not handling your (or someone else’s finances), the first thing that popped into your mind probably wasn’t builds houses with their own two hands.

But that’s exactly what Reconciled It bookkeeper Rachel Dutcher has spent the last three years doing. Alongside her husband, Rachel’s been tackling everything from picking out hardware to hanging drywall. “There’s something cool about saying you built your own house,” she says. “I milled those beams. That wall’s crooked because of me.”

There’s still plenty of work to be done on the house in southern Vermont, but it’s complete enough to live in. And it now serves as the perfect home office space, where Rachel can have peace and quiet—alongside her dogs and cats—while she gets some bookkeeping done.

Rachel’s degree is in PR and journalism, but when she moved to Vermont, she found a position as an account representative with a company that manages homeowners associations. The role involved a lot of bookkeeping, and she was surprised to find that she really enjoyed working with numbers.

“I like that it’s not up for interpretation,” she says. “You can look at it and say ‘We spent X. We earned Y.’” She even got certified in QuickBooks. She spent another four years with that company before she found the job at Reconciled It.

Now she provides bookkeeping to 12, mostly Vermont-based, clients that run the gamut—from a realtor and a personal finance company to a daycare and a prototyping business. Some clients turn over all their bookkeeping needs to Rachel. She does things like reconcile bank statements, manage accounts payable, and handle payroll. For others, she provides consulting and training, helping them learn to use their systems and set up workflows so that their products work for them.

The variety of industries keeps things interesting for Rachel. “I didn’t even know some of these services existed,” she says. Getting insight into how one company does things helps her develop her own new ideas and offer suggestions to other clients who have similar issues. She’s also committed to upping the convenience factor for the businesses she helps. “Business owners are busy. The last thing they want—or have time for—is to have to deal with their books.”

Rachel’s happy to take that on for her clients. And at the end of a day filled with accounts and ledgers, she puts down the calculator and picks up a hammer. After all, there’s still the whole second floor of a house to finish.

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