I focus my practice on artisans and professionals. Fine artists, lawyers, doctors, furniture makers, plumbers and specialty contractors–you get the idea. People who have a dream or specialized skill that engages their imaginations and satisfies them–scratches an itch that just won’t go away.
Unfortunately, many of these visionaries don’t have a clue about running a business. They have no business training, and most business information in general circulation is provided by those interested only in large company engagements.
My interest is precisely the opposite of large companies. My interest is people just like you. People who work alone or with only a few helpers, and generally are not office bound. Even when in the office, your work is interactive with clients, rather than concentrated on paperwork.
Let’s start with the Profitability Roundtable(sm). Eleven times a year we will gather for lunch and a business symposium with other small businesses just like you.
Supplementing the meeting and lunch, you also receive an almost weekly email with tips about both personal and business taxes, finance and planning. And a monthly print newsletter that is growing in content and scope. Plus you will gain access to a private LinkedIn Group to share insights and tips with your fellow members all the time. Sort of like an ongoing Roundtable. And you receive a discount on other educational events such as seminars and workshops that are offered periodically through the year.
The monthly investment for this introductory package is $49.97 per month. I don’t think there is a better value available to build your business.
And to let you see how it works, you pay only $9.97 to start. Your card is not charged again until the second month after you sign up. Use that time to look over the material, attend Roundtables, ask questions and just see if it is right for you. At the end of the trial period, your credit or debit card will be charged $49.97 each month thereafter. You can opt out any time with written notice.
My experience is that most businesses like yours not only need business understanding, they also need facts. How much am I making? Can I afford to invest in new equipment? How much do I owe in tax? These are all questions that can be answered by a good accounting system. Not only good, but scaled to the needs of your sized business, not General Motors.
I know that you want something that allows you to run your business through your smart phone and minimizes your need to do “office work.”
Online software and apps let you easily bill, record purchases, and handle the other issues that come with being in business. I have a solution for that, as well.
I have learned that two readily available apps with really great features, become a real powerhouse when combined. As a QuickBooks ProAdvisor I am familiar with both the power and the limitations of Intuit’s flagship offering. QuickBooks Online provides ease of use for the business owner, and powerful accounting resources that can answer questions both complex and ordinary.
The second app is Receipt Bank. This powerful tool is what gets the entrepreneur out of the office quicker than QuickBooks. Simply use your smartphone’s camera with the app, and your data entry into QuickBooks becomes a breeze. And, as you take more and more pictures, you have to do less and less at your desk. There are other powerful features such as archiving and expense reports that other similar apps do not offer.
I can offer these two together for little more than the regular price of QuickBooks alone. And, the discount on QuickBooks will follow you, even if you decide to leave the program.
You get both apps with both smartphone and computer access, hands-on training and follow up, with questions answered any time. You get set up advice, report building advice, and I’ll even answer your business questions that come up as a result of using these two products.
Usually the investment for this package is $45 per month. But read on…
These two approaches to taking your artisan or professional business to the next level work so well together that it doesn’t make sense to keep them apart. Together they can help you follow the passion that got you into business in the first place by improving your business acumen while minimizing your need to deal with “busy-work”
While this is surely worth an investment of $94.97 per month, if you sign up for both the Profitability Roundtable program and the software bundle, and you will pay only $69.97 per month. Plus, you can start with the same $9.97 sign-up fee and the same two month trial period. You’ll get the software training even if you decide to cancel the program, and the guaranteed discount for QBO as well.
You can decide which makes more sense. But don’t just decide to do nothing. That will cost you far more in aggravation and lost profits.