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5 ways to make social media easy

Aug 30, 2021

A big part of your bookkeeping business's online presence is social media.

Even if social media is not your thing, it’s an important strategy in your marketing plan so it really is best that you make a decent attempt at it.

Social media is one of those things that can suck you in and before you know it, you’ve clicked on link after link and now find yourself glued to the screen watching the mating habits of giraffes (#truestory).

It’s also quite a BIG beast (social media I...

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Health and Safety for Bookkeepers

Aug 28, 2021

Today's blog has been guest written by Health and Safety specialist Chris Fryer from Upshot NZ Ltd, a Tauranga accounting and business support business.

Chris has decades of experience in Health and Safety, first becoming involved in this area more than 30 years ago - before the Health & Safety Act was even introduced into NZ law.

Chris's background includes managing Health & Safety for large, complex construction sites as well as manufacturing and distribution sites,...

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Once a Bookkeeper...

Aug 23, 2021

I often talk about how I sold my bookkeeping business and moved into business coaching, and that's true, I did.

But the reality is, once a bookkeeper always a bookkeeper.

These days Business Headspace has a small handful of bookkeeping clients which allows me to provide income and mentorship for a couple of other, newer bookkeepers.

And, as I love the software systems side of things, I still get to work with a large number of clients as their accounting software expert.

So even though I sold...

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My first love

Aug 23, 2021

 I was onsite with a new client last week helping them to upgrade Reckon Accounts (for those outside New Zealand and Australia, think QBO/QuickBooks).

It was not straightforward as there were multiple users accessing the file on the server, whilst also needing to integrate with Fishbowl Inventory which lived on a different computer.

Additionally, their accounts person is relatively new and has not been involved in the setup before, and as this is a new client, neither had I. I'd also...

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Impact

Jul 16, 2021

Bookkeepers are all about impact. We want to make a difference to our clients' lives, and we certainly do just that!

We facilitate amazing change in the lives of our clients. We help small business owners to really get on top of the numbers and to understand what's going on in the business, and we often take a considerable burden and weight off our clients' shoulders.  

In fact, in my experience coaching bookkeepers over the past several years, bookkeepers often value...

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Do your friends know?

Jul 06, 2021

Let me tell you a story about a conversation I once had with a friend.

I'd just shared a post about Xero training from my business Facebook page to my personal Facebook page with a note for my friends who are business owners, reminding them that one of the things I can help with is accounting software consulting.

My friend gives me a call and says, "Oh my god, I've been looking for someone to give me some Xero training for ages, and here you've been under my nose all the time."

I...

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Who we become

Jul 06, 2021

Something for you to think about:

"A goal is not always meant to be reached; it often serves simply as something to aim at."
- Bruce Lee

It's a different way of looking at things, especially for me as a business coach. I want my clients to reach their goals and that's what I support them to do.

Achieving our goals and dreams is fantastic. Let's be honest, it is.

But it's probably not the most rewarding thing about setting goals. In the act of striving for our goals we become changed. We grow....

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Imposter Syndrome

May 31, 2021

According to Valerie Young, an internationally recognized expert on Impostor Syndrome in her TED Talk "Thinking Your Way Out of Imposter Syndrome," an astounding 70% of us experience Imposter Syndrome. So it is very normal

Imposter Syndrome is something that can firmly stop us in our tracks as it has us believing, despite evidence to the contrary, that we're not worthy, that we're a fraud, that we're not as good as everyone thinks, and, ultimately, fearful of everyone...

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Are you the bottleneck in your business?

Apr 27, 2021

So many times when I first talk to bookkeepers it is clear that they are the bottleneck in their business. 

If work piles up around you because you don't have the capacity to get everything done in the time that you've got, then perhaps this resonates with you. Are you the bottleneck in your business?

Just so we're clear what I'm referring to, a bottleneck is a point of congestion in a process. Just like an actual bottle where the flow of liquid is restricted by how...

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The dreaded to-do list

Mar 28, 2021

Do you have a big long list of everything you need to do? Worse still, is that to-do list your email Inbox? Even worse still again, is that list in your head?

In the book Getting Things Done, David Allen says "your brain is not a filing cabinet," but that's kind of what we try to do, isn't it? So many thoughts and ideas and tasks rattling around in our head. There's no way we can possibly remember it all.

What we end up within our head is a virtual mountain of old-school brown manila...

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