Meet Jaylana

My road to finance and entrepreneurship was anything but straightforward. As the twists and turns of adult life molded me into the person I am today, I found myself on a career journey that culminated in an expertise in finance and bookkeeping, and finally, entrepreneurship in the form of Accounted For, LLC. 

Growing up I always knew that I wanted to be an obstetrician, so in 2008, it was with great anticipation that I registered for my first semester of college courses that would line the pathway to accomplishing my ultimate goal. 2009, however, found me in a position which needed redirection; I was pregnant and a whole new set of goals took precedence. My husband, Kevin, and I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on the 19th of May, 2010. At the time, Kevin was working overnights at cub foods, and his salary (however modest), allowed me to stay home. 

In 2012, desperate for daily doses of adult interaction, I applied to Wells Fargo. I’d been banking with them for a number of years and was interested in learning skills that could benefit my personal financial knowledge. And of course – it wouldn’t be a long-term commitment – just long enough to finish my bachelors and apply to medical school. Though, in a surprising turn of events (insert copious amounts of sarcasm), I fell in love with budgeting, credit, lending, and financial planning. I felt empowered, and I wanted that feeling to continue, so I kept seeking knowledge and opportunity in the world of lending and finance.

Favorites

I absolutely adore karaoke!

Interesting Fact

Favorite Local Restaurant

Women I Admire

My Mother, Jeanelle Foster
My Godmother, Cindy Anderson
Elizabeth Eckford
JK Rowling

Favorite Drink

Cinderella (starring Brandy & Whitney Houston)
Lord of the Rings Trilogy
The Hobbit Trilogy
Avatar (James Cameron)
Harry Potter

Taqueria Los Paisanos (Mexican Food)
Quruxlow Restaurant (Somali Food)

Favorite MoVies

Old Fashioned (whiskey)
Mojito (Brazilian)

Favorite Pasttimes

Gardening
Playing Volleyball

Travelling
Spending time with family and friends

In 2017, I took all of my knowledge regarding consumer lending and finance to the commercial world - working first for a community bank, and then for a non-profit. As a commercial loan underwriter I’ve developed a critical eye related to business financials as a large part of my job is spent collecting and analyzing them. Very early on in this undertaking, I realized that many small businesses don’t work with a bookkeeper, but don’t have the working knowledge of finance or the time required to keep accurate records for their business. Through research and having open conversations, I discovered that I could fill a gap in the marketplace.

 


Traditionally, communication between a bookkeeper and her clients is transactional, but my ambition is to build a close-knit relationship with each client. Our foundation will be our common goal: the prosperity of your business!

 


I’m so excited to be a part of your success story!