Why Use a Bookkeeper?

Small business owners often take care of everything from sales, production and billing to taking out the trash. The best businesses are lead by people who learn to delegate and focus their time on what they do best. Outside bookkeepers can get your accounting needs met at a third of the time and a fraction of the cost of doing it yourself. Most small businesses accounting records can be reconciled with only a couple of hours a week. No need to hire a person full time OR do it all yourself. Call us for a free consultation to see how we can help you!

What Makes Us Different?

Abacus accountants are here to meet your needs. We come to you. Whether you need us to pick up paperwork on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis; have in-house meetings; keep your file safe on our server or access your file remotely, we will take care of you. We can do your work remotely, come into your office to do it, train your employees, and/or do periodic audits on your in-house bookkeeper. We customize our services to whatever your needs are.

Experience Our Accurate Reporting

One of the most important assets to a business owner is accurate information. Our team will provide you with current reports on anything you might possibly need. Whether you need to know your profit margins or any outstanding invoices, our team can help. We'll help you understand what is normal and what should be paid attention to. Abacus is dedicated to helping companies grow through proper data collection!

What our clients say

We have used Abacus Accounting & Bookkeeping for over 8 years. I can’t imagine using any other firm. They are reliable, efficient, trustworthy and we can always count on them responding quickly when needed. They are a first class organization!

Screen Shot 2018-05-31 at 12.51.09 PM
Rob Corcoran Founder Influence Relocation Services

Keeping tabs on the financial aspects of your business can be very time consuming.  Working with Shellee and her team at Abacus Accounting has made our life much easier.  Their attention to detail and comprehensive services allow us to focus on the other pressing issues of our Chamber. I always know where I stand financially and never lose sleep about this vitally important component of my business.

Logo-Web-2
Greg Summerhays President & CEO Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce

ABACUS has been a valued partner of Rocksteady and Reasonworx for many years now.  Shellee has served as an advisor, team member, and friend.  I know she is looking out for our best interests and insuring that we are in compliance with all our filings and withholdings.  I know my business is in good hands with her trusted counsel.

Screen Shot 2018-04-05 at 10.08.27 AM
Jeffrey Roche Owner Rocksteady Bodyworks

Abacus has been doing my accounting for many years. They are absolutely efficient, expeditious, and disciplined. They work seamlessly with my CPA, and there’s never a doubt that they’re in my corner. Thanks for the amazing work.

Shellee and her Abacus team work so well with us that they are like part of the staff.  They take time to learn about what we do and what we need, and they attend meetings to present their reports and financials.  They are great to work with and their quality of work is top notch.

Screen Shot 2018-05-31 at 12.48.52 PM
Jay Francis Executive VP Larry H. Miller Family Philanthropy

Our Team

Shellee Spafford

Shellee Spafford

President

Shellee started her accounting career at Merrill Lynch National Financial in 1992.  She worked here for 6 years as a credit analyst and a loan manager while getting her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Westminster College in Salt Lake City.  In 1996, Shellee started doing bookkeeping for a small business part time and opened up Abacus Accounting & Bookkeeping in 1998.  Since then, Shellee has developed the expertise to learn and set up bookkeeping and administration processes for companies in many different industries.

When she is not working, Shellee enjoys raising and spending time with her two daughters.  She loves to travel, golf, ski and listen to live music, especially in the beautiful outdoors of Park City.

Shellee prides herself in only employing account specialists who are experienced and qualified enough to “calculate your peace of mind”. “In our profession, we must be very organized, efficient, and most importantly, always looking out for our client’s best interest.”  She has been very fortunate to develop an amazing team who is committed to this.

Laura Hansen

Laura Hansen

Account Auditor

Laura has worked in the accounting profession since 1991. Prior to Abacus, she gained a varied skill set from her time at: Bottom Line Management as a full-charge Bookkeeper for over 50 different types of industries; WellPoint as an Account Analysist; Countrywide in Accounts Payable; Albertsons as an Office Coordinator; and Hales Engineering as an Office Manager & Full Charge bookkeeper, where for over ten years she managed Human Resources, Safety Management, Time Management, Contract Reviews and Audits.

Outside of the office, Laura enjoys spending time with family and friends, teaching dance and traveling.

Amber Miller

Amber Miller

Senior Account Specialist

Amber started pursuing accounting in 2006.  She also has over 20 years’ experience in office management and administration.  She started part time with Abacus in 2011.  Since 2011, she has acquired many clients both with Abacus Accounting as well as personally.  She enjoys working with various businesses and clients that all have different financial and organizational needs.  Amber needs and likes to be challenged and does not care for monotony therefore, this line of work is a perfect fit for her.  She prides herself on being honest and trustworthy, especially when it comes to handling finances with her clients.

Away from work, she enjoys time with family and friends; plays volleyball and pickleball; loves camping, cooking and just being active.

Heather Staley

Heather Staley

Account Specialist

Heather graduated from Weber State University with a degree in Health Promotion/Education and minor in Biology in 2004. Professionally, she has worked as a consultant for medical providers providing accounts receivable/payable, bookkeeping and administrative management services since 1998.  Hired by Abacus Accounting & Bookkeeping in 2014, she expanded her skills and experience in small business bookkeeping/payroll, specializing in clients with multiple companies in varied business ventures.  

Her dedication to community service extends into religious affiliations. As a life-long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she has served in various callings. Family is her greatest accomplishment. She and her husband have four children and reside in Hoytsville, Utah.

Cary Taylor

Cary Taylor

Account Specialist

Cary has a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Westminster College, and has over 20 years of accounting and administration experience. Cary has experience with small business and corporate accounting in multiple industries; including construction, non-profits, restaurants, retail, real estate, law, tax, and technology. She has extensive QuickBooks and tax experience, and is committed to developing trust with clients.

 In her free time, Cary enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and their four children. Cary also enjoys spending time with her dogs, and is a long-time volunteer with Pet Partners and Therapy Animals of Utah.

Tony Anderson

Tony Anderson

Account Specialist

Tony got his start in bookkeeping and accounting when he started his own outdoor guiding company in Washington in 2014 and learned to keep a general ledger. Since then he's completed an Associates Degree in Accounting and completed several upper level accounting courses. Tony has worked in multiple industries throughout his career and most recently worked as the Accounts Payable and Payroll Administrator for the San Juan County public works in Washington State.

Tony was born and raised in Utah and recently moved back so his two children could grow up near Grandparents, cousins, and learn to ski as early as possible.