Hello, I’m Peter Shinen
I grew up working with my family landscaping business when I was 7 years old. I remember watching it grow from the ground up, increasing from 1 to 30 employees. At thirteen I became the foreman of the landscape crew and managed projects for construction developments. At fifteen I went on to open a brokerage account in my parents’s name so I could trade stocks. Age sixteen was my experiment phase when I opened my own maintenance business. I had my pickup, trailer and top of the line equipment and was making good money for a sixteen year old. After some successes, I sold the equipment and accounts back to the family business and became their Maintenance Division Manager. My responsibility was to command 15 people and 120 customers. In addition, I handled risk management and new customer acquisitions. After a few years I left to start my own business again, this time I wanted to make a go of something on the internet. I bought a business that fell hard on the ground and ended up being a scam.
So I continued my experimental phase of my life.
Along with beginning to attend community college, I tried out a few MLM businesses making some money. I tried out becoming a portrait photographer. I decided to go after a career in the accounting field. This made me search for ways to enter into the profession quickly. I took an entry level certification course to prepare taxes.
This was all done before my eighteenth birthday!
I went to a conference at the college where I met a banker. Dressed in my finest, I went to the bank to talk to him about getting a job there. At that time he did not have any position and he recommended me to go and talk to his CPA, (certified public accountant) who worked down the road. I went and talked to the CPA and within 1 month, I was preparing tax returns at a respectable public accounting office. My time at the office was a huge learning experience. I prepared individual, corporate and non-profit tax returns. Handling installation of new systems I became somewhat of an IT guy. In order to boost my profile (since I did not have a degree) I became QuickBooks Certified and later became an Enrolled Agent.
That same year I became engaged and married.
Still wanting to expand my experiences and build my pocket book, I started a janitorial business. I was an accountant by day and cleaner by night. The business grew and I was able to hire my own guys. After a few years at the public accounting office, I was offered a record cleanup project. This became my platform where I went out on my own. I started working with businesses doing consulting, accounting cleanup work and working with the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) on the client’s behalf (power of attorney). After about 3 years being on my own, I hired a person to help me in the office. I niched down in my cleaning business and instantly my hourly rate tripled.
In addition to helping several attorneys with financial Armageddon, including one that had no records and over $300,000 of IRS, EDD, and FTB debt, I am also hold an EA designation, QuickBooks Pro Certified, Clio Certified and CosmoLex Consultant.
Enrolled agents (EA’s) are America’s Tax Experts. EA’s are the only federally licensed tax preparers who also have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS.