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Meet Sherlynn Davis of TLOT Financial Services

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sherlynn Davis.

Hi Sherlynn, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I was born, raised, educated, and met and married my husband Titus in Columbus, GA. I received a bachelor’s in Special Education and master’s in Middle Grades Education and began an 18-year career educating students, first in my hometown then in the metro Atlanta area. I enjoyed a rewarding career in education which included two “Teacher of the Year,” one “Professional of the Year,” and other local and national awards. During this 18-year journey, I gave birth to two amazing children, Judah, my son, who has Autism, and Tyrah, my daughter. Being a part of the special needs community, hearing the many concerns of parents relating to our children’s care as we age, I decided to embark on a new journey to address those concerns. I wanted to start a business where I could empower families in vulnerable communities such as mine on how to achieve financial freedom and wealth that would secure superior care for our children when we could no longer do so. I completed a master’s degree in Business Analytics from Mercer University in May 2021 and started my business in August 2021. The L.O.T. Financial provides a spectrum of services including tax preparation, tax planning, individual and small business consulting, career counseling, and debt consultation. We target vulnerable populations which include special needs families, single parents, elderly, and minority communities, but serve all. The goals of my for-profit business align with the goals of the nonprofit organization, Judah’s House, that I started a few years ago to empower special needs families currently through educational advocacy, resources, and family scholarships, but eventually through direct services. Both as an educator and now a small business owner, I enjoy seeing others with hardships turn their situations around and thrive.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Life in general brings its unique challenges to us all. In 2001 and 2002 our family lost our niece and nephew who were both medically fragile children. I lost my father in 2011, my sister in 2016 and suffered countless other hardships along the way in addition to my son’s Autism diagnosis in 2006. I do not have any regrets, however, because all of those challenges helped shape the woman I am today and put me on my current trajectory. I truly believe Romans 8:28-“That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” MSG

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
TLOT, which is an acronym that stands for The Least Of These (Matt 25:40), also known as The LOT Financial Services, is a company created to serve the vulnerable, helping them to strengthen their financial futures and achieve financial freedom through education and services provided with integrity. Having passed all 3 Enrolled Agent exams to be able to practice before the IRS has provided me with an in-depth knowledge of tax law and equipped me with the skills needed to help my clients get the maximum refund while also learning how to better manage their funds throughout the tax year. We pride ourselves on having a streamlined web-based approach that minimizes overhead allowing us to provide these services to our clients with an individualized approach for a fair price, while also being available in person for those who need this service level.

Completing a master’s program in Business Analytics has also prepared me to partner with small businesses to show them how they can hire workers from these vulnerable communities, taking advantage of tax, legal, and community benefits. I can show them with statistical significance how to take their data and grow their business in their respective communities increasing their revenue and profit over time.

My nonprofit organization, Judah’s House Inc., named for my son Judah, focuses on raising money from private donors, and through grant writing efforts to provide financial support, resources, and educational advocacy to special needs families.  We have an ultimate goal of providing direct services, including childcare, to special needs families as we grow as an organization.

What sets us apart from others in the tax preparation field is that we specialize in helping vulnerable families identify expenses that they can apply to their tax situation to maximize their refund and tax year benefits. We also specialize in helping the community see the importance and benefits of including these individuals in their growth efforts. I am most proud of the honesty, integrity, and sacrifice that goes into creating a product that not only benefits me but those that are often forgotten, overlooked and ignored. I would like readers to know that there is a wide spectrum of uniquely talented individuals with exceptional abilities who don’t fit a mold and can be accessed and targeted as patrons, clients, and employees to make our communities stronger.

Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
Open yourself up and be willing to look in unexpected places. I have found mentors who were not in the same field of business as I am, but were Entrepreneurs able to advise and encourage me on how to get started and persevere. Be willing to talk to anyone and listen, even if you don’t share common backgrounds, age, or socioeconomic status with someone. We each have something valuable to offer and being able to learn from others is important in your growth journey.

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