I’ve written a report that every business owner should read and consider about their payroll. Just shoot me your name and email to the right and I will send that over to you shortly. It’s short and to the point… give it a look.
I Love Bookkeeping!
HIRE LOCAL EXPERTS
BUY LOCAL. Do you believe in supporting local businesses where the dollars stay here in our own economy? We do believe that. We do our best to always buy local, not from national chain stores, if we can. The big chain store’s profits go out-of-town. Local businesses spend their profits right here mostly in the normal course of living. Would you rather deal with a LOCAL company as your payroll provider?
HIRE EXPERTS. Small businesses STAY small by trying to do everything themselves. Small businesses grow BIGGER when they spend all their time on their unique ability to serve their clients directly by doing whatever it is that they do better than anyone else. Plain and simple, that’s how you grow. You’ll never grow by wearing all the hats.
WHAT’S YOUR TIME WORTH? Do you know what is the small business owner’s most valuable asset? It’s time. We all have the same amount of it. What makes our results different is how we use our time. What would you do if you had an extra hour per day of pure concentrated effort working on your business? What if you could just do the same work yet get a little time at the beach, somewhere warm, re-charging your batteries?
Van Cleve, Inc. is a local Erie, PA corporation that works to free other business owners from drudgery of internal accounting (bookkeeping) and payroll processing. We tailor our help on each client’s unique need to achieve the most efficient system. Efficient systems save time. Time you can utilize to be more productive and profitable.
It’s a crazy time of year. Every day’s mail brings more complications. Intuit wants us to buy their latest masterpiece, QuickBooks 2013. Employees are already asking when W2′s come out, right after they pepper us with questions about why their net pay is different this year. The insurance company wants an audit of our UC reports so they can adjust our work comp rates. The 401k administrators want us to fill out a census, that sucks up several hours of time. We received another census from the Department of Labor, some kind of economic activity survey. Who has time for all this? Our CPA wants our books to see our year-end numbers and that’s way behind. I’m already working late every day. Oh, and the payroll Quarterlies are due in 3 weeks. And forget about marketing and growth. I know I should be out talking to customers…
Being in business for yourself… at times feels joyless.
“What happened?” You say to yourself after a long day, “I went into the business of doing this work I love… and now I have this!” Life is not simple anymore. There is too much that complicates and robs us of joy. It needn’t be this way…
It’s time to return to doing that which is essential, and not doing that which is secondary. I hear you protest, “but all these tasks are essential! Am I going to tell the government I’m not filling out their stupid survey?, or how about the payroll quarterlies?”
But why are you doing it all?
Why are you doing the wrong kind of work?
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…
“My sales for December are up $2,000 over last year!” Jane said to me as I walked into her business to buy something. (I always patronize my clients if possible- oh, and the names are changed to protect the profitable.) “Great! How did that happen?” I asked… Jane is able to try different promotions, tweak the appearance of the store to make it more inviting, she’s able to look up and greet people instead of being buried in paperwork, we talked about all the little things that she did, things she was able to do, because she did not have the stress of doing her own bookkeeping and payroll. As she was telling me about how she made growth happen, we started talking about another business owner we know…
Always in a state of perpetual anarchy. Chaotic best describes this particular small business owner, Suzie. She does everything… all by herself. She seems exhausted all the time. Stressed. The stack of paperwork on her desk, is visible from outer space. Is she more profitable with Division A or B of her business? We’re not sure. I doubt she knows. She’s guessing… winging it. Suzie wants to expand but will cash flow support it? Who knows. She is not one of my clients. I’ve tried talking to Suzie but she’s “too busy right now”, and she will call me in to help her get organized “soon”. That was well over a year ago. Stress is very harmful to your health. I know, I used to be stressed-out when I was an employee, but that’s another story entirely…
I cannot tell you how this story will end, but I ask you, which one, Jane or Suzie, describes you?
DOES YOUR BUSINESS SEEM WHACKY? Now is the perfect time (actually a month ago would’ve been better) to get your accounting/filing/office system straightened out and simplified… ready for the new year. Here are the main benefits of having a PART-TIME CFO who can supplement your in-house bookkeeper…
Getting books setup right makes everything about your business easier
Get your employee trained to do things the right way
Get oversight, get issues fixed, keep books understandable
Know all year long how your business is really doing
Give “clean books” to your tax preparer, not a shoebox
Focus on your own unique ability to make money, do the work you love doing
Are you the RUGGED INDIVIDUALIST type? You are a rock, an island. You are self-sufficient. If your first instinct is to do everything yourself, those are NOT always the qualities that serve you well if you own a business. The problem is that when you wear all the hats, you spread your energy too thin. Just because you CAN do something, it does not follow that you SHOULD. If you are a “one-man-show”, you don’t own a business, sorry. What you own is a job.
Here’s a partial list of the type of work you COULD be doing if you weren’t scattering all your energy to the wind on every menial task…
Find Cost Savings
See the difference? These tasks will actually generate money. It always should boil down to simple economics. If you can earn more with the time than it would cost to pay someone to do the task, then hire out the more menial or non-profit task, and do the money-generating tasks instead with your limited time.
We’ve expanded into bigger offices to accommodate our GROWING CLIENT BASE!
Same address, same building, same entrance…2800 W. 21st Street
Van Cleve’s is busting out with a whole new emphasis on ways to help our local small business owners COUNT ON PROFITS.