27 Jul 2014
As a bookkeeper, how frustrating is it when you want to service more customers, but you simply can't find more time in your day to be able to do so?
What if there was a way for you to provide your services to more customers from the comfort of your own home or office at any time of the day or night?
Would this allow you to start promoting your services to more potential clients?
Would this allow you to call those people who you have declined work from in the past to let them know that you can now provide them with your quality bookkeeping services?
If the answer is "Yes" then check out the latest BookPals Business Sanity Podcast update.
In this episode we explain how, once you start using BookPals, not only will you be able to service more clients, but you will be able to do so from the comfort of your own home or office at a time that suits you.
We hope you enjoy this episode of BookPals Business Sanity and remember to register for BookPals after you have listened to it.
19 Jul 2014
As a departmental manager, how many times have you had to "front" your section head - or the executive management team - to explain "blowouts" in your department's expenditure?
How professional have you looked when you are unable to explain these blowouts because your staff have failed to hand in supporting receipts to substantiate their expense claims?
While standing there, being berated by your boss for not doing your job properly, all you can think of is the number of times you have instructed your staff to send their receipts in with their expense claims, but everything you do seems to fall on deaf ears.
What if you could get access to your staff's expense receipts without them ever having to forward these receipts to you again?
What if the process was so simple, that your staff would not think twice about sending you their receipts?
Well, on this episode of BookPals Business Sanity we explain how, when your staff start using BookPals, this is exactly how easy getting your staff's expense receipts is going to be.
We hope you enjoy this BookPals Business Sanity update and remember to register for BookPals after you have listened to this episode.
16 Jul 2014
Have you ever been somewhere and something is said that really makes you stop and say to yourself "That's It!!!!"
Well, last weekend we were with friends and one of these "light bulb moment" comments were made that I have to share with you.
I was out chatting to a group of business owners I know about the impending launch of BookPals and during our discussion two people - with very opposite opinions - became quite vocal on the discussion topic!!!
We were talking about using a bookkeeper to look after the reporting in your business.
The two people in question - both small business owners - were polar opposites in their opinion on this subject - one said he had always used the services of a bookkeeper to look after their financial and business records and the other said that he had not - and would not - ever use a bookkeeper to look after his business reporting.
Both parties had valid reasons why they had chosen their respective position on the subject - the "Pro-Bookkeeper" guy raised points like - using a bookkeeper gives you more time to spend working on the business, using a bookkeeper gives you more time to spend with family and friends and using a bookkeeper frees you up from an aspect of business that you don't like doing and can't understand.
The "Anti-Bookkeeper" guy raised points like - how can you understand how your business is going if you don't have a clear understanding of the financials, employing a bookkeeper is just another one of those expenses that you don't need to incur and there is always "free time" in every day where - if you stay on top of your business reporting on a daily basis - you can get this aspect of running your business done during this "free time" each day.
The most interesting part of the whole discussion (from my perspective) was that the only "common ground" both parties had was that using existing bookkeeping software is a laborious process and accounting principles (they actually said "that accounting crap!!!!) was very hard to understand.
Then the "Anti-Bookkeeper" guy made a comment that stopped everyone dead in their tracks.
He said - "Listen - How Many Bookkeepers Do You Need If There Are No Small Businesses?"
That one sentence made the whole group go very quiet until I piped up and said, "What do you mean?"
His reply was direct and to the point - "It's all well and good to be using a bookkeeper, but when times get tough - and they always do - and you need to lay people off, then if you don't know how to do your own bookkeeping, you're stuck paying someone (the bookkeeper) when this money could be better spent somewhere else in the business".
He had obviously made his point, because the other guy stood there quietly for a minute and then simply replied "fair enough" and after that, the discussion moved on to really important things like football, kids and the like!!!! LOL
I must say that this was a real "light bulb" moment for me and totally reinforced my commitment to what we are doing here at BookPals.
Don't get me wrong - I firmly believe that all small businesses should use the services of a bookkeeper, but the choice to do so should be the BUSINESS OWNER'S choice - they should not be forced to use a bookkeeper because they don't understand accounting principles - they should be able to make the choice on whether of not to use a bookkeeper once their business is at a point where they can afford to employ someone to do the bookkeeping for them.
And this is our promise to you as a small business owner - BookPals will allow you to do the bookkeeping yourself quickly and easily until you get your business to the point where you can afford to employ a bookkeeper and then - once you decide to use a bookkeeper - you'll be able to find your bookkeeper to help you right here at BookPals - and handing over your bookkeeping to them will be little more than the click of a couple of buttons.
Register for BookPals now - your life will get easier.
14 Jul 2014
Think back to how many times someone has asked you about your business.
Now, think about your answer to this question - has your answer had the listener begging to hear more, or has the listener found the quickest way possible to change the subject because your answer has been so bland and boring?
The old saying "You only get one chance to make a first impression" is so true when you're talking about your business to someone for the first time and this is why it is so important to have a well prepared answer that will simply "rock the listener's socks off"!!!
And today - on this episode of BookPals Business Sanity - you're going to meet someone who can teach you how to "Rock Your Talk" when you speak to others about your business, because today you get to meet Kristin Thompson of SpeakServeGrow.com.
Kristin specialises in teaching business owners how to really "rock" when they talk about their business and will give you a wonderful insight into how you can have your audience begging for more information when you talk to them about your products and services.
We hope you enjoy this episode of BookPals Business Sanity.
8 Jul 2014
If you're a "Tradie" - or even better, you're a "Tradie's" partner - you're going to love this episode of BookPals Business Sanity because in this episode we explain how business bookkeeping and compliance reporting is going to become much easier for tradies once they start using BookPals.
You might hate bookkeeping and business reporting, but having to do both is a cold hard fact of business life when you run your own trade service's business, so why not use a tool that is so much easier than the alternatives that are currently on the market?
Remember the arguments that happen come tax time when all the paperwork has to be put into some kind of order for the Accountant - or how much it costs you for a bookkeeper to sort things for you before you go and see the Accountant?
Well, have a listen to this episode of BookPals Business Sanity and find out how things are going to get much - much - easier for you once you start using BookPals.
Let us know what you think of this episode of BookPals Business Sanity.
1 Jul 2014
How often have you heard of a person who has created a successful business but has driven themselves into the ground in the process?
There they are, with this business that is generating a fortune for them, but cannot reap the benefits of this success due to poor health.
Well, in today's episode of BookPals Business Sanity you are going to meet someone who will explain how not only staying healthy while running your business is important, but it can also assist in further business success, because today you're going to meet Pete Willliams of preneurgroup.com.
Not only is Pete a successful businessman in his own right, but he also focusses on staying fit and healthy in the process of running his businesses and will provide you with some wonderful hints and tips on how to incorporate fitness, health and a good diet into your daily routine.
Let us know what you think about this episode of BookPals Business Sanity.