Worcester Telegram – Co-op members embrace alternative approach to business

From the Worcester Telegram:

Lisa A. McCarthy, of Worcester Bookkeeping Cooperative, at 50 Portland St., a bookkeeper for more than 30 years, said she was self-employed for 12 years and didn’t have room for new clients.

“I was engaged by Worcester Roots to do some bookkeeping and that led to my sole-proprietorship conversion Jan. 1, 2016, to a cooperative corporation,” Ms. McCarthy said. “I had reached the point where I didn’t have any more room for new clients, so that is why I was looking to expand and incorporate.” The company provides bookkeeping services to local nonprofits and small businesses and a growing list of cooperatives from Worcester, Boston and Providence, she said.

“It is very rewarding to be part of these companies’ success, and organizing as a worker cooperative seems like a natural fit,” she said. “I am very excited to be a part of the worker-cooperative movement where — you work it, you own it.”

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