Sorry I haven’t been posting more lately. I’ve been traveling through Australia and Fiji (and will be heading off to Malaysia this week), while at the same time running an Online Workshop to help Business People with their Blogs. The Workshop is taking up more time than I thought it would (as is the sightseeing), but by the end of September, I should be back to regularly posting 2 to 3 times a week.
For now, here are some Plug-Ins that can help any blog get more traffic. While these are WordPress … Read More →
The following is an excerpt from our newest ebook “How To Start A Lucrative Virtual Bookkeeping Business” which we are launching on June 30th, 2010 and are currently pre-selling for 50% off. While the advice is intended for small bookkeeping business owners, in my opinion, it works for anyone who runs a small business. I would love to get your feedback and hear any comments on printers you love. So, if you have any feedback, please leave a comment below.
At this time of year, your taxes are hopefully done, and you are probably not thinking of taxes at all. That’s all well and good, but have you begun planning for next year? Because whether your business is brand new, has never had a “regular bookkeeper”, or has been doing bookkeeping the same old ways for numerous years, it never hurts to consider if this year is the time to update your bookkeeping programs or stick … Read More →
Believe it or not, when I first decided to start my own business seven years ago, I did not want to do bookkeeping. I may be good at it, but I’ve never LOVED it (not like my Mom does). Instead, I wanted to make “just enough money” so that I could stay home with my newborn daughter, and maybe do a bit of romance-writing on the side. If that meant busting my behind and selling Mary Kay products to support my family, I was going … Read More →
In BOOKKEEPING MONEY-SAVING TIP #4: Analyze Your Business Location, I discussed the fact that many businesses make the mistake of choosing a bad retail location because they don’t analyze the location in relationship to their competitors. In actuality, proximity to competitors is merely one reason why a business location can fail. Another common reason is failure to identify the customers in that location’s area. If you don’t know who your customers are and where they are located, your business can go down in flames at … Read More →
Ever heard the expression, “Think Outside the Box?” Of course you have – who hasn’t? Roughly translated, it means to think of the things that people don’t normally think of. In business, it means to find and utilize the ideas that your competition is missing.
What is my point, you may wonder, and why am I bringing up this topic? A few days ago, I had a conversation with another bookkeeper that irritated the “heck” out of me. The bookkeeper worked for a property management … Read More →
One of the things I see a lot of when it comes to bookkeeping is laptops…lots of laptops. Some work incredibly well (whether for bookkeeping or anything else) while others work horribly. Thus, I have compiled a list of features to consider when shopping for any laptop, whether for bookkeeping alone, or for business in general.
(If you have any further recommendations, please leave them in the comments so that other readers will know what to consider.)
The following is another excerpt from our newest eBook,“How To Start A Lucrative Virtual Bookkeeping Business,” which will be officially launched tomorrow – June 30th, 2010. I realized that although the book is largely about starting a bookkeeping business, I’ve actually put some of my best business advice in the book as well. Today is the last day to get it for 50% off, and be entered to win the 8GB iPod Touch, because once it’s launched the price will be $29.90.
You may be wondering, “E.T. Barton is a bookkeeper and a researcher. What the heck could she possibly know about customer service? What qualifies her to teach a lesson like this one? She’s ‘Back Office’ – NOT Retail.”
To be quite honest…I rock at customer service. I mean, I seriously kick butt. But that is not actually what qualifies me as a customer service expert. What qualifies me is the fact that one of my very first jobs – back when I was in … Read More →