I don’t know what to do, but where do I start?

I can’t count how many times I’ve asked myself that question. You know you want to start your own business but you don’t know what sell, what to produce or what services to provide. I’m here to tell you IT’S OK! You don’t have to have all the answers now or a month from now. However, I will tell you there’s one thing you can do. I’m going to say this word that might make you cringe…SAVE! Yes put some funds away. This should be savings specifically for a future business and not lumped in with your personal savings. Like many business owners I dived in head first, using personal funds and winging it. All that time I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do I should have put a few bucks aside. Once you have that light bulb moment and you realize what is it you want to do, you’ll have a nice chunk of change to work with. Remember if you don’t have cash you’re bankrupt.

Women in Business Hashtags

As I’ve been actively posting content on IG and other social mediums. I’ve observed the trend of sassy hashtags such as #girlboss, #bossbabes , #momtrepreneur and various terms to describe women in business. I’m going to be honest they’re cute. I’ve often noticed these terms are used loosely. Granted who am I to dictate or lay claim to who should or shouldn’t use hashtags. Maybe I’m old fashioned in my thinking but until I am able to create a business that could run itself, until I am Continue reading

eBook Beauty & The Books coming soon

First volume of Beauty and The Books is coming soon. This book gives practical examples of how accounting is used everyday in your salon. No need for complex accounting theory here, I will guide you through basic accounting terms and connect the dots! Stay on the look out for Beauty and The Books this month!

Google Schmoogle

OMG, can you imagine life without Google? I can’t! As of April 2015, I’ve actually started to put my business into action. Instead of being a concept it’s a thing! One of the first things I did was dive in, head first into Google. I read info about all things bookkeeping, marketing, small business etc. It really made me feel nervous, overwhelmed and discouraged. My brain cells were at capacity and honestly I think my eyes crossed involuntarily.

It was a system overload and I had to stop and regroup. I guess that’s one of the downsides of the tech age, too much info. One thing I did was get to know my target audience, I need to know what makes beauty professionals tick. I’m after all the Beauty Bookkeeper. I reached out to other business owners, not online but in person. I’m old school when it comes to communication, there’s nothing that could replace interpersonal relationships. I’m fortunate I’ve talked to business owners and because of this word of mouth has put me in contact with people of the same interest regardless of the industry. The magic that happens when like-minded entrepreneurs connect.

The takeaway….GET OFF GOOGLE AND TALK TO PEOPLE!

Don’t Blow it-What to ask your bookkeeper

I’m one of those people who until the last eight years was intimidated or had no interest in numbers. As long as my pay check was correct I could have cared less really. However, through my work with taxpayers and building JS By the Books, I’m concerned that business owners in general are short-changing themselves and not asking the right questions of their bookkeepers and/or accountant. Continue reading