Sarah is having a hectic day. She knows she must stay at work late tonight entering her orders and invoices for the last month to evaluate how her business is doing. Her bank balance seems a tad low. Despite best intentions, she’s behind with her accounts, again. She does not mind doing her accounts. Honestly, she would much rather focus on designing and creating stunning bouquets. Sarah owns Blooming Love, a floral and giftware shop in the Tannery, Christchurch.
Sarah needs to rise early tomorrow to get to the flower market and check the availability of hydrangeas for wedding bouquets on Saturday. Her days are getting longer, what with early starts and trying to catch up on accounts and orders in the evenings. Sarah popped into Lucy’s café yesterday and Lucy advised she has contracted a book keeping business, and mentioned how it’s lifted a load off her shoulders.
She calls Rebecca the bookkeeper at lunchtime. Rebecca asks her questions about her business, and suggests Sarah emails through what she would like covered. Rebecca will review Sarah’s accounting needs and arrange a time later in the week to discuss pricing options for her bookkeeping needs. Rebecca advises Sarah that they should set up Xero, a cloud based accounting application. This would allow them to work collaboratively on managing Sarah’s financial records online without frequent meetings to exchange paperwork.
Sarah thinks over Rebecca’s comments on Xero, the cloud based accounting application for her business. There are nifty applications she can download on her iPhone too, to tag business transactions to go to her Xero account. That would be handy at the flower markets in early mornings when making payments for her purchases. Have her monthly bills like power and rent emailed straight into her Xero accounts pre-coded, ready to reconcile. Plus, she will be able to clear all that paperwork over her desk at the shop, by saving documention to online files.
There were more useful features in Xero for Sarah to learn, but already she is thinking. Maybe remove her paper cluttered desk. Then extend her workbench for creating her flowers as she needs more room. Her slim laptop with accounts access, can be stored to the side easily. Plus with this free time in the evenings, she could attend those Advanced Floral Art courses at the local polytechnic. She also wants to add an online shop to her Website, too.
If You’re Passionate About Your Business……
If you’re as passionate about your business as Sarah is, and wish for time to upskill your knowledge or focus on other parts of your business – then why not outsource your book keeping to Do The Sums Book Keeping and More. Use that free time to keep your passion alive on the more tasks focused on growing your business. Maybe expand your skills or investigate new products to add to your business. Explore other sales opportunities.
Tell us what you need done with your accounts, and share where you would like your business to go … and we’ll work to help you reach your goals. Send me an email today and we’ll talk soon: Rebecca@dothesums.co.nz