For Adrienne Kosewicz, Avalara’s September Gimme 5 Spotlight Customer, play is serious business. As the owner of Play It Safe World Toys, Kosewicz operates as one of millions of third-party sellers using the Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) platform. As a small business owner, one of the biggest headaches her business faced was complying with sales tax laws.
“It takes a tremendous amount of time,” says Kosewicz. “And it’s time that isn’t used at all to grow your business — it’s just something you have to do, so that nobody comes after you.” Painstakingly double-checking information for sales tax returns was costing Kosewicz something even more valuable than money alone: quality time with her family.
Making the switch to sales tax automation with Avalara has “affected everything, really,” she says. “Avalara does it all for me. It goes quickly, I don’t have to think about it.”
Life’s been different at the Kosewicz household since Play It Safe started automating. “I pick up my kids on time, now, instead of having to push to finish something before I go get them,” she says. “I have a little more time to finish projects, instead of having to stop halfway to make dinner.”
As September’s Spotlight Customer, Play It Safe World Toys received $5,000 cash, as well as a free year of Trustfile. With the cash prize, Kosewicz has plans for the room she currently uses as storage.
First, she plans to acquire a storage unit to hold inventory. After that, things get interesting. “This room should have something fun in it, like a Ping-Pong table,” she says. “The kids could stay busy, I could get more work done, and we could enjoy the space.”