More than just bookkeepers…
Polymath helps small businesses with their bookkeeping, business strategy, and profit planning.
The Polymath VISION (Our WHY) is to make the world a better place, built on a foundation of thriving small businesses.
We fulfill our MISSION (HOW) in three ways:
We educate business owners to lead healthy businesses with healthy, happy teams.
We partner in collaborative relationships as trusted advisor on the journey to fulfillment, success, and profit.
We train others in our professional community on how to redefine our industry and raise the bar, thus helping more businesses all over the world.
Our PURPOSE is to
Empower your Passion
Ingrid Edstrom started Polymath, LLC in 2008 with the intention to provide high quality and much needed services to struggling local businesses. Polymath really enjoys helping others by doing something they love, and, believe it or not, they really love bookkeeping. Since then, Polymath has been growing and refining itself, and Ingrid and Vanessa look forward to training and welcoming some new bookkeepers to their team!
Meet our Team
Polymath Immutable Laws
& Core Values
The answer is always LOVE. Whatever else is going on, we acknowledge and trust that we have each other’s best interests, including health, happiness, and sanity, held in top priority at all times. We take it slowly, and let each other earn our trust. We each serve Polymath, and Polymath takes care of us in turn. We place the interest of the group over our personal interests in the moment, knowing that this serves each of us more fully in the long term.
Freedom and Accountability are ONE. Each member of the team is responsible for maintaining their own freedom, and can request assistance from other team members when feeling stuck. We do not play the blame game. Taking responsibility is the highest form of empowerment. We honor our commitments and make follow through our top priority in all things. We want to be here, and we thrive by choosing to do our best each day. When our personal freedom is in alignment with our company purpose, it will be clear through our joyful enthusiasm and attitude of gratitude.
The Journey of Four – Our business problems are our personal problems in disguise. When you have these four components everything else will follow much more easily. We each work toward being whole, healthy, and complete. Each team member must be willing to do the deep work, otherwise everything else is a symptom of a greater problem.
- Self Awareness
- Interest in ongoing self discovery & improvement
- Willingness to step outside of comfort zones
- Genuine interest in helping others through the impact of our work
This is a learning environment. We learn and grow together. In order to do that, we must we willing to take risks and fail, and we need to try again with even more enthusiasm. We admit what we do not know without shame or judgement, and we value this as an opportunity for constant growth and improvement in alignment with the Journey of Four.
See Something, Say Something. We practice positive, assertive communication using the Four Agreements.
- Be impeccable with your word.
- Don’t take anything personally.
- Don’t make assumptions.
- Always do your best.
We offer each other gifts of insight and trust that our feedback is valuable, understanding that confrontation is a positive interaction which may have a momentary negative emotional response.
What is a Polymath?
A dictionary definition…
noun 1. a person of great and varied learning; 2. a person of learning in several fields of study; polyhistor.; 3. a renaissance person; 4. Someone skilled in a variety of tasks in order to make the work of others easier.
Origin: 1615–25; < Gk polymaths learned, having learned much, equiv. to poly- poly- + -mathēs, adj. deriv. of manthánein to learn
Related forms: pol⋅y⋅math⋅ic, adjective
What Our Clients Have to Say…
I owe a good deal of my success to Polymath
I’ve been in business for thirty years and I owe a good deal of my success to Polymath. My business runs so much smoother due to their expertise, constant support, and appreciated advice. They are a great team.
I am so glad they are part of my team!!
The books, numbers and financial side of my business have always caused me a good deal of anxiety. My patience and skills aren’t in that realm. I’ve been working with Ingrid and Vanessa and Polymath for several years know and my bookkeeping when from a real tangle into a well managed system. And it’s a lot more than bookkeeping that we do. That’s just the starting point. I work in the tourism industry internationally, which brings up all sorts of unique money management issues, like seasonal highs and lows of money flow, dealing in more than one currency, etc. Polymath has worked with me to figure out great ways to navigate these challenges. I am so glad they are part of my team!!
Can’t Imagine Any Other Way
Now that we have Profit First set up in our business, I can’t imagine why anyone would do it any other way. It sets clear tangible guidelines on the money movement and eliminates the tendency to manipulate money flow. I like to take complicated things and simplify them so this fits perfectly.
What’s the risk? Meet Polymath!
I love that a local professional has the confidence and foresight to offer an hour of free consultation with prospective clients that need to determine whether outsourcing bookkeeping is for them or not. They have processes that allow professionals to specialize in what they do… THEIR profession, leaving the books to Polymath, THEIR profession. Don’t be an apple trying to be an orange, work your craft and let them work theirs. Thank you Polymath!
Polymath brings me great peace…
Polymath is really future focused. They are really on the bleeding edge of the technology for their field, which is impressive for such a small company. At first I was confused, thinking that these gals do so much more than bookkeeping. The bookkeeping title is almost a handicap, it downplays their value so much. They are literally changing the definition of what it means to be a bookkeeper. When it comes to accounting, Polymath is about as far from old-school as you can get. I love the clarity of the Profit First Structure. It is such a relief from the worry that our funds won’t last long term, especially with taxes. Having that level of an organization system and someone to help me manage it brings me great peace.
Now we are saving tons of money.
Our homeowner’s association used to go through an expensive property management service. Now we are saving tons of money, and all of our finances are handled perfectly and on time! Reports are straight-forward, so we know where our money is going at each homeowner meeting. They even prepare the annual tax reports for our accountant and delivers them for us, saving us a substantial amount of money on taxes as well. I highly recommend Polymath for any of your bookkeeping needs.