Karla Obst


What is it that you do at KLAS?

I am a Senior Accountant at KLAS!!  I’ve been doing this gig for a long time and it’s always been my goal to blow the myth out of the water that accountants are calm, collected, methodical and totally balanced (in other words boring).  So untrue….we definitely can be these things but we are also fun, funny, unpredictable, a little crazy at times and did I mention creative….great accountants have creative minds that love to think outside the box!

What do you love about your position?

I love the client relationships that I get to build at KLAS.  We have amazing clients and I feel privileged that I get to be not only be a part of their business but also a part of their family.  It’s so rewarding to help a client reach for their dreams within their business but it’s so humbling to be included in their everyday lives.  From discussions with the couple buying their first house because they are getting married, to the mum pulling her hair out because 3 kids is a lot and she can’t get her bookwork done (the struggle is real).  Those conversations make you more than just their accountant but their friend.

Give us the Scoop on your WHY you do what you do

I do this job because I love helping people to succeed in business and in life.  Being good at what you do does not always mean you are going to be fabulous at running a business. I love to give people the help and tools that they need to be able to accomplish what they never thought they could.   Their stories about how they got to where they are today inspire me ….why wouldn’t I want to be a part of that!

What is the most ‘Kooki’ or ‘fun’ activity you do at KLAS, I hear you have an ‘email-a-thon’ Monday mornings on the weekends events and that Tenterfield close early for Family time Fridays, what’s your favourite KLAS habit?  

I definitely love a virtual dance a thon!!  Nothing better than getting that video call, music cranked, busting out those moves to Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling.  I vote for making a Klassy video clip to show the world how amazing we are!

What do you love most about working at KLAS?

That’s easy….I love the beautiful girls I get to work with at KLAS every day.  Each of them brings a little bit of something different into my life and I love that I have a unique relationship with each one of them.  It’s pretty incredible to work with people like that and I feel very lucky.

What has been your biggest lesson whilst at KLAS?

My biggest lesson has been that even though I work alone as a virtual accountant, I’ve never felt alone.  There is always someone in our team that is on the other end of the phone or a video call to support and help me in any way that I need it.

Who or what brand are you inspired by and why?

I am inspired by my mum….a woman who has shown me how to have a grateful heart, how to be strong but soft and how, when it feels like it’s all too much, to make the choice to endure and not run away.  She reminds me on a daily basis that I am beautifully significant, even if it feels otherwise. Hopefully I inspire my own daughters the way she does me.

What is your favourite quote?

“Don’t settle for the done. Disrupt, agitate, go deeper, after all.. .. the well behaved rarely make history”

How do you spend your time when you are not at KLAS?

My time is totally consumed by my four beautiful children.  Nothing fulfils me more than being a mum and walking life’s path with these little people, watching them grow and knowing that they are my biggest achievement.  Along with them, I love my camera and photography is my happy place. Being able to tell someone’s story through pictures definitely lights up my soul. I also love it when I can find 5 minutes to have some time to myself….I was recently described as an introvert disguised as an extrovert, and I think that about sums me up.

What are you most grateful for?

I am most grateful for my family, friends, my health and happiness and the ability to slow life when I need to, step back and appreciate how very blessed I am.

What is your ideal Holiday?

On the road, driving an old car and stopping at every beach possible along the way!  And of course my camera wouldn’t be far away.

How do you like your coffee?

Not a coffee girl….in fact I can’t even stand the smell of it!

Is there anything else you would love to share about KLAS that the world needs to know?

I think the world needs to know just how much our clients mean to our KLAS team.  They are such a big reason why we all get up and go to work every day and it is our culture at KLAS to appreciate and nurture the relationships we are able to form with our clients.  I have never worked in an environment where there is such emphasis put on this and it’s been so refreshing.