Salt Lake City Bookkeeping Blog

Stop Marketing And Selling? Say It Ain't So

Posted by Matt Roberge on May 21, 2015 7:30:00 AM

As a CEO inevitably you mess up and boy did I ever. In fact I messed up so much that we had to stop selling and marketing (I know the horror!). Our last blog post was almost six weeks ago, but there is a reason for that. Bad CEO's get down on themselves when they screw up or play the blame game. Good CEO's reflect, analyze, pivot and execute. This blog has nothing to do with SEO or attracting new customers; it's simply a business lesson that I hope saves someone some time.

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Topics: Small Business Management, Small Business Growth, Sales, Scaling A Service Business, Marketing Small Business, Inbound Marketing

Is Your Small Business Constantly Running Out of Time?

Posted by Matt Roberge on Apr 7, 2015 7:30:00 AM

You hear it all the time; your most precious asset is your time. Many people don't value their time appropriately and end up wasting a lot of their time on unproductive tasks. Small business owners struggle to find time to work on their business and instead get tangled up in unimportant day to day tasks. It's not that the day to day tasks are not important. It's just that if all you do is work on day to day tasks you never work on big picture tasks, which are incredibly important. If you find yourself constantly running out of time maybe the below advice will help you.

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Topics: non-billable time, Small Business Growth, Grow Your Business, Scaling A Business, Business Coach

How to be an Amazing Small Business Employee

Posted by Matt Roberge on Apr 2, 2015 7:30:00 AM

I often joke with my operations manager that I would be an amazing small business employee. We do the books for over a hundred small businesses, so we have to perform at a pretty high level and stay incredibly organized. My team and I joke with one another about how dialed in the bookkeeping system would be if we only had one job or one client. I would have the most amazing filing system you have ever seen both in hard copy and digital and both would be triple backed up.  

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Topics: Small Business Management, Small Business Growth, Small Business, Mission Statement

How SLC Bookkeeping Can Help Your Business

Posted by Matt Roberge on Mar 31, 2015 7:30:00 AM

Genuinely helping people in business goes a long way. Business owners often ask us how we can help them. One question we hear regularly is "Exactly what do you do?" We try and help businesses in different ways. Our blogs are intended to teach you how to do bookkeeping, how to grow your business, and how to efficiently run your business. Be honest with yourself; does your business sell or help? The answer is both, right? However, if you genuinely try and help people your business will thrive. Here are four ways SLC Bookkeeping can help your small business.

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Topics: Bookkeeping, Financial Forecasting, Business Budgeting, Small Business Bookkeeping, Small Business Growth, Scaling A Business

Business Lessons from a Vacation to Mexico

Posted by Matt Roberge on Mar 26, 2015 7:30:00 AM

So last week I did something unheard of; I went on vacation during tax season. It was the first time in 13 years that I have taken any sort of time off during the January to April period. Although I was away from work I still had a productive week because I got to reflect on the business. I got a lot of big picture thinking done and came back refreshed with more direction in our business than I had before.

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Topics: Small Business Growth, Grow Your Business, Strategic Planning, Small Business Vacation

4 Dream Jobs I Will Never Have

Posted by Matt Roberge on Mar 24, 2015 7:30:00 AM

At this point in my career I have come to terms with the fact that there are some dream jobs that I will just never have. I consider myself to be a pretty hard worker and if I’m good at what I’m doing that means I’m a productive employee. I was talking to an employee last week and I said, “Do you know what my favorite things to do are? Get up early, go to work, and coffee." Those three traits typically lead me to have productive days. For various reasons I feel that the list of jobs below is what I would love to do but probably never will.

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Topics: Business Efficiency, Hire A Bookkeeper, The Best Job, Hiring

Business Lessons from the School of Hard Knocks

Posted by Matt Roberge on Feb 26, 2015 7:30:00 AM

When I was growing up my grandfather always told me he went to the school of hard knocks. He didn't go to college he went to the army and served his country. He then worked his butt off for the rest of his life in everyday normal jobs providing for his family. He worked right up until the very last few weeks of his life. He was a great American that wanted nothing but a good life for his family.

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Topics: Small Business Owner, Small Business Growth, Grow Your Business, Scaling A Business, Exit Planning, Hiring, Small Business Mentor

8 Things our Small Business Needs to Succeed

Posted by Matt Roberge on Feb 24, 2015 7:30:00 AM

There are certain things every small businesses needs in order to succeed. I could make this list incredibly long but wanted to keep it to the essential items that have helped us succeed. Please note that in this article I am referencing a small service based business. Here are the 8 critical necessities for our small business to succeed.

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Topics: Business Budgeting, Small Business Growth, Scaling A Service Business, Scaling A Business, Service Business, Business Blogging, Business Vision

How Deep Do You Dive In To Your Budget?

Posted by Joe Mazur on Feb 19, 2015 8:00:00 AM

 

So you and your bookkeeper built your business's budget last year. Now what?  Since Q1 is more than half way over, it's time to start using your budget if you haven't already.  The question is, how deep in your budget do you explore?  Since there are so many different ways to make use of your budget, it makes sense to play with it a lot until you can put your finger on what exactly is relevant to you and what is not.  Some owners may look at variances as a dollar amount, percentages, or both.  Others may look at overall expenses as opposed to the details.   Budgeting is meant to be a helpful tool for dealing with your business's future, it's not meant to be overwhelming or scary.  Make sure you have the time to review or the proper team in place to help you with this.  Using your budget the right way will allow for growth and measured results. 

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Topics: Business Budgeting, Scaling A Business, metrics, Building a budget

Why Every Small Business Owner Needs a Mentor

Posted by Matt Roberge on Feb 17, 2015 7:30:00 AM

I am a firm believer that every small business owner needs a mentor. Even the best business owners have questions and need support at some point. Let's take a look at professional athletes for a second to get a different perspective.

Have you ever noticed how many coaches and mentors professional athletes have? The best athletes in the world, the ones at the top of their game have a plethora of coaches. A typical professional athlete has an entire coaching staff to rely on. Additionally many of them have an individual trainer or coach. They have someone to rely on when they go into a slump and someone to give them a different perspective. A good coach will pass on their years of knowledge that they have learned from their own career and experience in coaching. So if the best athletes in the world need a coach or group of coaches, why don't you as a small business owner?

What can a good coach do for your small business?

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Topics: Small Business Growth, Small Business Consulting, Business Mentoring, Small Business Coach, Small Business Mentor