In the office, blogging for his website, or in the front row at the latest Broadway show - they call it the city that never sleeps for a reason!
Withum Smith & Brown
Times Square, NY
When Jeremias Ramos was in college, he had three career paths in mind. He could be an English major with aspirations of becoming a journalist or an English teacher. He could study psychology and become a doctor without having to see any blood! Or, he could be an accountant, and spend his adult life wearing snazzy suits and leveraging his math expertise.
College is often the place to figure out your strengths, and as it turns out, spelling wasn’t Jeremias’ strong suit. Plus, the salaries of both a journalist and a teacher wouldn’t pay off the student loan debts he’d be accumulating. And as it turned out, his first psychology class wasn’t as fascinating as he thought it’d be.
Fortunately, there was still accounting! It took a couple classes to really peak his interest, but the work came easy to him from the get go. While he often saw his classmates struggle, he was able to secure straight As with minimal need for studying. He earned a 4.0 in his major and was in the top 5 in his class. His GPA wasn’t all that he had to be proud of, though! As a 2nd generation Puerto Rican, he was the first in his family to graduate from college.
His success continued after graduation when he was able to pass all four parts of the exam on his first try while simultaneously taking night classes for his MBA and working full time.
Now as a business and tax consultant working at Withum Smith & Brown, a nationally recognized full-service accounting, tax, and consulting firm, Jeremias proves that New York City is truly where dreams are made. While consulting within real estate, professional service providers, medical practitioners, and eCommerce businesses by day, he is also a star and editor in chief of The Daily CPA, an online accounting and tax news publication. He also has a vested interest in the theater, taking advantage of his location and regularly attending different Broadway shows.
The theater has helped him become a better storyteller. As an accountant, you need to tell stories in both your writing and in your communications to clients. Whether it be explaining tax law changes or discussing their current tax liability, you need to be able to share it in a way that's easy to understand. Theater allows him to craft that story in a unique way to create meaning and understanding.
6:15am: First alarm goes off
Typically, I like to wake up early to get a head start on my day.
6:45am: Fourth alarm goes off
If I wake up now, I won't have to rush for the train.
7:00am: Finally get out of bed
Each morning I like to leave as little time as possible to get ready for my day. The rush of almost missing my train is thrilling.
7:30am: Catch my train
...and blog about accounting and tax for my website The Daily CPA on my way to the office.
8:20am: Arrive at Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal is a "terminal" and not a "station" because trains stop there but they don't pass through. Best part of my day! Walking through Grand Central and looking up like a tourist will never get old.
8:35am: Arrive at my office and start the day
Most mornings I run through my email, make a plan of attack for the day and put on a podcast from Spotify (The NoSleep Podcast makes my Mondays).
2:30pm: Realize that I didn't eat lunch
Most days I'm so engrossed in my work that I forget to eat. I breakout my PB&J (the same one I eat everyday) and work through lunch.
6:30pm: Head home
At this point I have 9 to 10 billable hours so it's time to call it a day. If I catch an Express train I can make it home in 45 minutes.
7:30pm: Cook dinner
I cook most nights for my fiancee and myself. Friday nights are date nights and we usually go out for dinner. Busy nights that I have to work late I'll just get Uber eats and expense the meal if I work more than 10 hours.
8:30pm: Do more work or go to the gym (depending on the season)
If it's busy season then I'll usually be working from home until 11 or 12. If it's not busy season then I'll head to the gym for an hour.
11pm: Go to bed
I usually aim to have at least 7 hours of sleep per night, so if I go to bed now I'll be good.
12am: Actually fall asleep after talking for an hour with my fiancee.
6 hours should be good enough.