Katelynn is the first to admit that she lives a full and fascinating life. From her South American home office, as a partner at accounting firm Bright!Tax, Katelynn manages a team of remote-working accountants who together help thousands of other Americans expats living overseas to keep up to date with their U.S. filing obligations from wherever they are in the world. Over the last decade, Katelynn has helped grow the business from a humble startup into a multi award-winning, international accounting powerhouse, while also raising three young children, and still finding time to travel and explore South America. In this interview, she tells us about the challenges that she’s faced and overcome, working remotely as a Digital Nomad and raising a family abroad.
Tell us a little bit about yourself, your situation, and your work?
My name is Katelynn Minott. I grew up in the Boston area however I became enthralled with living abroad after spending time in Chile on an exchange program during my university studies to become an accountant. After beginning my career with PwC, I found myself impatient with the timeline that the Big 4 accounting firm indicated for a potential international rotation though, so I took one of the biggest risks of my professional career and departed to follow my dreams abroad.
Once settled in Chile, I made it a priority to balance my personal interests and passion for travel with my career. Shortly after my move, I made the acquaintance of Greg Dewald, a lifelong entrepreneur, who was residing on the other side of the Andes Mountains in Argentina. Greg had recently founded Bright!Tax, and we began what is now a 10 year friendship and business relationship. America taxes all US citizens on their worldwide income, including expats, and Bright!tax specializes in addressing the needs of internationally based Americans. Together, and thanks to our exceptional team, we have grown the business to a several million dollar powerhouse with thousands of American clients based in almost every country in the world.