5 Sep 2017

Wanna See How Easy Bookkeeping Has Become?

I have released a number of videos to show you just how simple bookkeeping has become now that the BookPals iPhone App has been released and I wanted to let you know about them because it is all well and good for me to "bang on" about how much easier bookkeeping has become but you're never going to truly believe me until you've actually see it for yourself.

Have a look at the videos now and start to get an idea of just how easy bookkeeping has become and after you've done so, let me know what you think.

24 Aug 2017

Why Is It So Hard To Become Financially Free?

Answer me this question - when you first started your own small business, was one of your goals to become financially free?

If your answer is "of course it was" here's another question for you -

"Have you got there yet?"

and if the answer to this question is "Nah - still working on it" here's a final question for you -

"Why Is It Taking So Long?"

So many small business owners dream of becoming financially free but when push comes to shove many of these same small business owners struggle to achieve this goal and can never understand why.

Well, on today's episode of BookPals Business Sanity you're going to meet someone who might just have the answer you are searching for because on today's episode you meet Katherine Dean of wealthtofreedomformula.com.

Katherine can help you unlock the secret to becoming financially free by assisting you in identifying what she calls your True Financial Archetype and through this process you find out what's holding you back from becoming financially free and what you can do to fulfill your dream.

Aim for the stars - and you'll get there - after listening to this wonderful episode of BookPals Business Sanity.

17 Aug 2017

Look What's Available In The App Store!!!

It has been a long time coming, but look what has just been released inside iTunes -


Yep, now you can do your bookkeeping simply and instantly "on the road" instead of trying to remember where you left your receipts.

And the time has come to stop rummaging through the cracks in your car seats trying to find those fuel and hardware dockets to claim at tax time.

If you are a sole trader small business owner who hates doing the bookkeeping you have to start using BookPals and the BookPals Phone App for three very simple reasons -

1. You don't have to understand the first thing about bookkeeping to use BookPals

2. You do your bookkeeping with the click of a couple of buttons and

3. You never have to sift through shoeboxes full of receipts again at tax time because your Accountant can access your receipts directly from your BookPals account.

It's time to make bookkeeping quick and easy - and get back to doing those things in life that are most important to you.

Yep - it's time to start using BookPals!!!

2 Aug 2017

Don't You Just Love Communities?

I want to share something that happened to me over the weekend because I think it is a wonderful example of how powerful communities can be - regardless of whether these communities are offline or online.

Last weekend we were looking for gift ideas for birthday presents and we ended up at our local Apple Store to look at Apple Watches.

I had better set the scene for you before going on with this story - I love technology and I am pretty much an "Apple Everything" kind of guy!!! 

This blog post is being created on an iMac, my Macbook Pro always comes out with me on business meetings, my iPad is never too far away, I am always checking the time on my Apple Watch and I would be lost without my iPhone.

Here's the thing though - to say that I only use my Mac products to about 10% of their capacity is an understatement!!!

Don't get me wrong, I am not a Luddite by any stretch of the imagination but my focus is very much on the ways you can use technology for business and because of this, I am blissfully unaware of about 90% of what all my gadgets can actually do.

Anyway (getting back to the story!!!) we rock up to our local Apple Store and I get chatting to one of the fantastic team members there who starts giving me the rundown on everything there is to know about the Apple Watch.

It is around this time my attendant notices that I actually have an Apple Watch on and asks if I want to learn how to use it.

I stick my chest out and start with the "Oh no - I am just trying to get an idea on the "specs" to work out if this would be a good present for a family member" to which my (darling) wife pipes up and says "Technology is wasted on him - he has everything you guys sell, but knows about 10% of what they are capable of"!!! LOL

The girl serving us starts cacking herself laughing and says "Why don't you let us teach you how to use everything you own?"

She then goes on to explain how you can check out Today at Apple 24/7 to find out what is being taught on what day and at what time and all you need to do when you find something that interests you is rock up and take part in the lesson!!!

To say that "The Luddite" was impressed is an understatement and I will be making use of the training available at my local Apple Store on a regular basis moving forward.

Why am I telling you this?

This experience got me thinking about how powerful communities can be. 

As small business owners we are constantly looking for ways to differentiate ourselves from our competition and one way to do this is by forming a community around what you sell that not only helps users of your product or service but also makes you the "go to person" in your particular field of expertise.

Here's an idea - if trying to create your own community is something that really interests you, why don't you join us inside BookPals Business XLerator

XLerator has been created for small business owners just like you to meet and help drive your business to greater levels of success and it is the perfect platform for you to start becoming the "go to person" in your area of expertise.

Why? Because there are almost 1800 members inside XLerator so you have a captive audience just sitting there waiting to hear from you.

Why don't you come into XLerator now and create raving fans for your product or service?

23 Jul 2017

How Effective An Executive Are You?

Isn't it interesting how information comes your way at exactly the right time that you need it to?

Let me explain what I mean - over recent times I have been working with a business that has been going through some seriously "trying" times.

Late last year the manager passed away after a very short illness and the owner - who is also the manager's wife - was left with a business in total disarray.

To try and keep the business afloat she brought in a family friend - and as you will see shortly, I use the term "family friend" very loosely - to help run the business because of his (quote) "Management Expertise" and a short time later this same person was (literally) thrown out of the business under suspicion of misappropriation of funds.

Since then there have been a number of tumultuous incidents within the business which have all been based around the fact that the business has been run like a "rudderless ship".

What I mean by this is that there has been no real "Captain" to help guide the business through these harrowing times and as a result the business has been merely "surviving" with no-one to truly guide it back on to the road to success.

This experience has really opened my eyes to the importance of business needing true "Guardians" to guide it to success - in the case of small business, this might mean honourable and ethical management and in the case of larger corporations this might mean an honourable and ethical Board of Directors.

It was around about this time that I was listening to Mark Horstman (that's Mark on the left above) and Mike Auzenne (on the right) talking about how to be an effective executive on their podcast called Manager Tools and their discussion was just the kind of information that this business needed to help it through it's current situation, so I got in contact with Mark Horstman and asked him back on to the BookPals Business Sanity Podcast to talk about what it means to be an effective executive.

You would remember Mark from previous podcast episodes where he has spoken about effective management principles and in this discussion Mark outlines what it means to be an effective executive and the differences between being an effective manager and an effective executive of a larger organisation.

Get ready to start understanding how to prepare yourself for the "jump" from effective manager to effective executive after listening to this episode of BookPals Business Sanity.

29 Jun 2017

We Have An Excuse For Being Away For So Long!!! LOL

It has been a while between blog posts hasn't it?

We do have our reasons - we have been working away madly in the background to make the BookPals product so much easier for you to use.

Oh - and guess what else we've done?


Yep, we've been talking about it for years now and earlier this week we signed off on the iPhone app that is going to make your business bookkeeping SO MUCH EASIER!!!

As with all phone apps, we are in the process of getting it approved through the App Store at the moment, so while we are waiting, I wanted to show you it in anticipation of it's release so that you can see just how much easier it is going to be to do your business bookkeeping.

Ok, so have a look at this and tell me what you think -

Pretty complex ah?!!! LOL

The image above is what a receipt looks like once it has been captured by your BookPals Phone App.

Oh - and just so you can see how hard it is to get to this point, here's how you do it -

First of all you have the good old BookPals icon on your phone -

And once you click on this, you see this -

Really complex ah?!!! I won't insult your intelligence by explaining to you how you log in to your account but once you do, you'll see this -

You swipe left to process your first receipt (just like it says) and this is what you'll see -

If you've just walked out of a place where you've purchased something you might have the receipt in your hand, but it may be a receipt that you have already taken a photo of earlier in the day - choose Camera if you want to take a picture now, or Gallery if you have already photographed your receipt and after you have done so we are back to here (needless to say I had a crumpled fuel receipt in my pocket as I am often prone to do!!! LOL) -

Once again, I won't insult your intelligence by stepping through the very "complex" details that you have to enter (LOL) except to quickly mention the one near the bottom that says Account Type: because we don't expect you to remember all your income and expense accounts - we can't remember ours so why should you have to remember all of yours?

This is why we've already got them stored there for you!!!

See - all your accounts are there for you and it's simply a matter of scrolling through them until you find the right one and once this is done, hit the Save button and it's ready to go -

Ok, once this is done, you can add more receipts by Swiping right and adding another receipt just like this -

and once you're done, then it's time to send them over to your BookPals account.

Here's how you do that - you have your list of receipts that you have just added using your phone app (there's only the one in this example - I don't horde my receipts - I get them in and out of the way as quickly as possible) -

You can give them a quick check if you like to make sure that you haven't uploaded the wrong receipt (it happens) and if you have, you can delete receipts by clicking on the Delete All button, or if you have a couple of receipts there and only want to get rid of one, do it this way -

Just swipe to the left and delete the one receipt - either way is dead easy.

The same goes for sending them to your BookPals account - you can send your receipts off using the Send All To BookPals button, or send each one off on it's own by swiping left and doing each one individually if that's what floats your boat.

You've probably noticed the little red Not Uploaded notice under the Tax section of the receipt above - that's telling you that you haven't sent this receipt to your BookPals account yet but after you've sent your receipts off to your BookPas account that prompt changes to Uploaded and looks like this -

And you even get notification that your receipts are on their way to your BookPals account -

Once you've done all this - which, by the way, takes about 60 seconds to do - you're done with your bookkeeping and can get back to doing what's most important to you because your receipts are now in your BookPals account waiting for tax time and there's nothing more for you to do with them.

We promised that we were going to give you the easiest to use bookkeeping solution out there - have we kept our promise?

Oh - and all of you Android phone users - don't fret because we are in the process of making you a phone app as well.

Stay tuned for more info on that -------

15 May 2017

The Unsung Heroes Of Small Business!!!

Ok, so if you are based in Australia and you're reading this post the day it goes out, many (most?) of you are just starting the day after celebrating Mother's Day yesterday.

It may have been taking your Mum out for a picnic or a nice meal - or it may have been as simple as a bunch of flowers and a quick phone call (as was the case with me as my Mum lives hundreds of kilometers away from us) to say hi and show her your appreciation and love.

While I'm here I want to give a huge shout out to the "Unsung Hero Mums" that don't get anywhere near as much acknowledgement as they deserve - and that's the Small Business Mums!!!

I tend to categorize these Mums into three groups -

1. Those Mums who run their own small business.

2. Those Mums who are the partners of small business owners.

3. Those Mums who are the partners of small business owners AND run their own small business.

The reason why these Mums need to be acknowledged is that in many (most?) cases these Mums are also co-ordinating the day to day running of homes/children/their own parents - and all the other chaos in our lives and I - for one - often stand their amazed at how they can do it (and I can speak from experience because my wife is a "Category 3 Mum" above!!! LOL).

To all you Small Business Mums out there, I say "Good On Ya" - I don't know how you do what you do and it will never cease to amaze me how you get through the days without ripping your hair out!!! LOL