National Women's Small Business Month: Meet Shan-Nel D. Simmons, EA MBA



Introduce yourself to the Visions of Greatness audience.

I am a tax resolution specialist and a trusted small to mid-size business consultant who served as a former IRS revenue agent with multiple accounting degrees and over 19 years experience in accounting and tax. As the CEO and founder of Nel Tax and Financial Solutions, I have successfully handled the taxes and financials of entrepreneurs and emerging small businesses nationwide since 2016.


I am the author of A.S.K.ing for Success: My Faith Walk from Employee to Entrepreneur and the co-author of Amazon’s #1 best selling book Speak Up!: The Ultimate Guide to Dominate in the Speaking Industry. I am also an award-winning media contributor to outlets such as BestCompany.com, Credit Karma, and Huffpost. I have established myself as a trusted expert over the years on topics such as leadership, sisterhood, financial best practices, and taxes.


I am also being a wife and a mother; and daily, it is my goal to encourage the world to stay faithful, focused, and true in all we do.


Who or what inspired you to pursue entrepreneurship?

Early in my working career, I knew my final career move was going to be working for myself. But I wanted to get experience prior to jumping into the entrepreneurial waters with both feet. But I can honestly say that every job I worked leading up starting my own business served as a training grounds for me to acquire the fundamental skills I have today as a leader and an owner.


Tell the Visions of Greatness audience more about your products/services.

Taxpayers hire Nel Tax and Financial Solutions to outsmart the IRS.


Here is a highlight of some of our services. We prepare current and prior year business and personal tax returns. We handle IRS notices for tax debt and create affordable payment plans, or stop payments all together with tactics such as offer in comprise claims. We manage your IRS tax audit for you so you can get back to your daily life.


All services are provided virtually nationwide for personal and business matters.


What adjustments have you made in your life and business since the pandemic?

Professionally, I was ready. My company started as mostly virtual and continues to improve our client's virtual experience. So when COVID-19 struck, it was merely keeping up with the rapid changes of the tax laws daily from Congress to assist the general public when the governmental agencies were not available to provide taxpayers guidance.


Personally, I have a very active and social 5 year old daughter who enjoys constant interaction. She was 4 years old when COVID-19 hit the nation back in March and still in preschool. She is also asthmatic. Therefore, I could not risk her going into anyone's care with this pandemic going on.


So, I honestly had to give myself grace in being ok with having her home all day, every day while I work. Sure, it was not ideal and it slowed down the output some days. But clients were still serviced, we hit record-breaking revenue months, and the work still got done despite the limitations imposed upon myself personally and professionally due to COVID-19.


What advice would you give to women struggling to balance their life and business?

Three things - delegate, acceptance, and grace.


Delegate as much as you can. You do not have to do it all in order to have it all. And this delegate in all areas of your life. You will surprised what happens when you start asking, assigning, or hiring help instead of trying to be superwoman.


Accept that some days, something will have to be sacrificed. Sometimes, it will be your business because you might need to rest a bit in order to show up as your best, or you want to spend quality time with love ones or friends. Sometimes, it will be your kids and/or partner because either your business need your undivided attention at the moment, or you want time all to yourself. Sometimes, it will be you because you have a major deadline or a few extra hours is difference between pretty good and excellent. Whatever the reason, accept that there will be times something has to give -- and that is quite ok.


Lastly, but most importantly, give yourself grace. Everyone is performs a juggling act with their time. We are all given the same 24 hours. You still need to sleep, eat, and take care of your inner and outside self daily. How you use the remaining hours will depend out how you want your day to be. You get to decide.


Share with us one ingredient in your secret sauce for success.

Have the courage to go into rooms different than you. I had lunches at country clubs and I currently do not own any country club memberships. I went into conference rooms where I was the only black woman, or the only minority person. I have went into shelters to provide financial presentations. I say this because it is usually in these kind of rooms where you will meet someone who might be your best referral relationship, or your next client, or create the biggest results. As long as you are open to it, opportunity, support, and success is literally all around you.


How can the Visions of Greatness audience connect with you?

Schedule a discovery call or a let's meet advice session at www.neltaxandfinancialsolutions.com/contact

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