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…
Ingrid is an excellent resource for your business.
Both with bookkeeping and with organizing the financial and record keeping side of your business. Ingrid never ceases to impress me. She knows her craft and has high integrity.
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.
I don’t know how they do it, but they do a great job for great rates.
Ingrid has assembled a team of people that enjoy bookkeeping. I know because every time that I stop in they are smiling at their PCs and collaborating on solving clients’ struggles with their books.
They are also a pivotal connector to other local professionals, adding value to their consultations. I don’t know how they do it, but they do a great job for great rates, creating value AND still manage to enjoy their work… doing BOOKS. That thing that most of us dread. Thank you Ingrid.
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!!
We would be lost without her.
Ingrid comes to Body Back Company with a wealth of experience in finance. We are very grateful because the rest of us can barely work a calculator! Ingrid is on the ball. She swoops right in and balances everything from receivables, payables to the scales of our sanity. We would be lost without her and we make sure to keep her happy by accounting for all our expenditures!
Coaching for Accountants!
In less than an hour, Ingrid had me completely rethinking my pricing structure. All clients don’t fit neatly into specific packages and using options tailored to each potential client makes them wonder “which” service level to take rather than “if”. It was the “Aha!” moment I needed to fine tune my marketing materials.