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.
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.)
I got a new credit card today. Well, technically, I got a new “company credit card” today. When the boss wasn’t around, I went ahead and called his credit card company and told them we had lost his company card and needed a new one. They asked me for all of the usual identifying information – social security number, mother’s maiden name, address, phone, account number, etc. – and of course, I gave the guy on the other end of the line … Read More →
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 →
There I was, minding my own business, when in walks the boss with a receipt. On the receipt are stamped the letters C.O.D. It was from one of our vendors that apparently hasn’t been paid in so long, they’ve changed our account from credit to C.O.D.
“What is this, Betty?” the boss asked me. “Why has ABC Hardware turned our credit account … Read More →
Another day, another dollar…or at least, another stolen dollar.
Well – I’ve had my own company for about two weeks now and I’ve made a couple thousand dollars skimming off the deposits. The boss hasn’t noticed. As far as he’s concerned, all of the invoices are paid, and I’m doing my job incredibly well. In fact, I just passed the three month trial period, and the boss gave me a $0.50 an hour raise. When he told me that, I felt like saying, “Really? A … Read More →
Today, I was bored at work. Really bored. I mean – surf-the-internet-looking-for-designer-handbags bored. (And I don’t even like designer handbags…although I wouldn’t mind a Brighton.)
Anyway…it was Payroll Day, which usually I’m happy about. When payroll comes around, I take my sweet time entering all the timecards and wages. I tell the boss it’s an all-day project, but in actuality, I’m done before lunchtime. I usually bring the checks into his office around 4PM, thus I get the rest of the … Read More →
Okay, I have a confession to make: I am a Mom. Even worse, I am a Mom with a Toddler. What that means is that as a “Mom with a Toddler,” I know all the words to “Elmo’s World.” I also know how to “Do the Pigeon” and that “C is for Cookie” (which is good enough for me). I know how to read Dora’s map, and I know Hannah Montana’s true identity.
What’s more… I know “who lives in a Pineapple under the sea.”