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The Entrepreneurial Adventure: Inspiration, Foundation, and Influence

By | Business 101, CEO Mindset

When I started my business in 2001 I admit, thinking of it as an adventure NEVER crossed my mind. End of 2011 that ALL changed. Most of that change I credit to the “travel guides” that showed up in my world and demonstrated a different way of simply being. Without my initial adventurous spirit though, taking action and creating a new reality would not have happened. Looking back now, I had to wonder: where does my adventurous spirit come from, and how did it get shaped? The answer for me was most of it came from being a Girl Scout….

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Our Favorite Tools Series: Building a Foundation, because Your Business Needs One!

By | Business 101, CEO Mindset

Before I started my own business I had some knowledge of the tax, insurance, finance, and of course tax items, that a business would have. I first learned about these items while taking accounting courses and then when I became a Full Charge Bookkeeper, I worked with these items everyday. When I started my own business these items took on a different meaning. I was confident with my knowledge around tax but the other items were more than a little intimidating. As I worked with clients I noticed that this was a common theme – the intimidation comes from a…

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One CEO to Another: Automation in Your Business, A Case Study using bill.com

By | Bookkeeping 101, Business 101, CEO Mindset, Recordkeeping 101

Several times during 2011 we shared tools we loved and appreciated.  We even shared info on how automation moves you from doing to creating.  However I don’t think just sharing the data in our newsletter or social media provides a real life case study that demonstrates how embracing automation creates incredible change in your business. So this is the fist of our new series called “One CEO to Another”.  I will be sharing thoughts, stories and true case studies of items that have made dramatic change in the running of my business and items that helped me embrace more joy…

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2013 Goal Setting with Ease: 5 Action Steps (and some cool celebration tools!)

By | Business 101, CEO Mindset

We’re seeing them too: all the emails coming in about New Years Resolutions (some already admitting they have let them slide!) goal setting,planning for 2013. Just reading one of these emails is enough to set us in a bit of a panic. What’s even more challenging is knowing our human nature: we often set goals that we cannot acheive with ease; we know the feeling of failure or worse, the feeling that we’re not “good”, will come with the act of not acheiving the goals we’re setting. Planning ahead can immobilize us, setting resolutions and goals can go against these deep seeded feelings and then…

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Adventures in BusinessLand: Why All This Adventure Madness?

By | CEO Mindset

“For, you see, so many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think that very few things were really impossible.” ~Lewis Carrol If you’ve seen Connie speak live in 2012, you’ll know that we found inspiration from “Alice in Wonderland”. We came to realize quickly that not everyone saw the relevance of Lewis Carrol’s great work about a little girl going on an adventure in a strange world, or understood why we chose an adventure theme for our new website launch. We admittedly were a little discouraged at first hearing this feedback, but then we quickly jumped…

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New Years Action Plan: The Accounting Department’s Five Easy Steps

By | Business 101, CEO Mindset

At ADI (The Accounting Department) we like to set up our offices for the New Year before we take any holiday down time. We also like to make our New Years Action Plan something that is very doable, and something we know we can accomplish with ease (none of those impossible resolutions or goals!). Here are our top five easy action steps to help inspire your own list! 1. Take Stock and Be Grateful Take stock of where you went in 2012. It’s time to acknowledge your success and celebrate! Did you reach all of your goals? Did you expand…

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