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Salt Lake City Bookkeeping Blog

How Does Our Culture Harness High Productivity?

Posted by Matt Roberge on May 4, 2016 8:30:00 AM

When I started Salt Lake City Bookkeeping one of the things I underestimated was the importance of culture in a small business. In this short video I explain why the culture of SLC Bookkeeping is so important to our clients' success and how it helps us remain productive and efficient.

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Topics: Life Work Balance, Business Culture, Growth Coach, sourcing employees

Passion Can Blind You as a Small Business Owner

Posted by Matt Roberge on Nov 28, 2014 7:00:00 AM

I was at a networking event a while back and Karl Barndt said something that I immediately jotted down because I knew I would write about it. Karl was responding to someone and he said, "Absolutely, passion can blind you." His statement had not completely sunk in, but I wrote it down and told him I loved it.  I pondered it and now understand how passion can blind you when you are running your small business.

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Topics: Small Business Growth, Life Work Balance, Financial Reporting, Small Business Owner

Small Business Owners: Don't Let Your Monday Ruin Your Sunday

Posted by Matt Roberge on Aug 25, 2014 7:00:00 AM

I was coming home from one of many amazing fishing trips of this summer with my wife and my friend Kyle. Kyle is a great friend of mine and a partner in Harvest Solar MT out of Bozeman, Montana. I respect Kyle for many reasons. By choice he lives off the grid, he is an incredibly hard worker, and one funny guy. So we are driving home on a Sunday evening from a four day float out of the wilderness just outside of Glacier Park in northwest Montana. It was getting late in the evening and all three of us had to work on Monday morning. We were all starving but I didn't really want to delay our drive home. I kept asking Kyle if he cared if we stopped or if he wanted to get home. Kyle responded, "Don't let your Monday ruin your Sunday bro." Kyle's statement has stuck with me for the past several weeks and I have found that taking this advice to heart really helps.

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Topics: Small Business Growth, Life Work Balance, Small Business Owner, Small Business Management

Is Your Small Business What You Thought It Would Be?

Posted by Matt Roberge on Aug 18, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Does your small business look anything like you wanted it to when you first started it? I know many small businesses don't end up where owners thought they would. It's not always a bad thing because often time's things end up better than intended. Many small businesses don't end up operating the way the owner originally intended. Some owners hire consultants to help them get their business where they want it to be. Here are a few things in your small business that may end up differently than you intended.

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Topics: Grow Your Business, Small Business Growth, Scaling A Business, Life Work Balance, non-billable time

What My Dog Understands About Running a Small Business

Posted by Matt Roberge on Jul 11, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Meet my dog Cooper; he has moments of brilliance as well as stupidity. My wife and I are both work at home professionals so we spend a lot of time with him. He doesn't get left home alone much and gets to go outside a lot. Overall Coop has it pretty good as far as a dog goes. This morning I was fishing with him and he wandered off. I found him lying down on the river bank next to a complete stranger that was petting him. I called him and we took off upstream. I was thinking about Cooper's normal behavior and realized how much of what he does in his day to day can help you run your small business.  

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Topics: Grow Your Business, Small Business Growth, Scaling A Business, Life Work Balance, Small Business Management

The Best Business I've Worked For

Posted by Alex Viau on May 3, 2013 7:30:00 AM

Yesterday I read a crazy figure when I was reading one the many studies the BBC likes to
report on, this one had to do with a scale of happiness at the workplace within varying countries. The United States figure immediately caught my eye. A little more googling returned numbers that were quite startling. Some figures reported as high as 80% workplace unhappiness. Does this sound crazy to anyone? Why should we all be this seriously unhappy five days a week just to work for the weekend?

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Topics: Work From Home, Autonomy Mastery Purpose, Life Work Balance, The Best Job