I don’t really give my kids much advice these days, unless they ask for it. They’re old enough now (35, 38, & 40) to find wisdom by themselves. In fact, I’m often learning from them. I remember the good old days too though, sharing things with them that would give them a leg up in life. I was often advising them on positive thinking and self-awareness, quoting things like: “what you think about, you bring about” and “our thoughts create our reality” and that “what someone says or does has nothing to do with you, and everything to do with them”. When they were growing up, I felt it was important that they have respect and kindness toward others, no matter what. I still do. Teaching good manners was huge too. They love to call me the “manners Nazi” because chewing with your mouth open, elbows on the table, or slouching are just bad form. Not sure if using the term “Nazi” in this way is considered acceptable anymore, but you get my meaning. I’m visiting my son this week, and it got me thinking about the advice I would give my adult children. Bar none, hands down, no competition Continue Reading »
Whether you’ve played baseball, football, basketball or soccer, odds are you signed up to play on a team. This team consisted of a Coach. The coach would observe your abilities during practice or try outs and then make a sound decision on what position you should play — recognizing your strengths. At practice the coach would also identify areas you needed to improve upon, to become a better player on the team. The goal of the Coach is to see the team work together and enhance their skills, ultimately to succeed. When you are interested in learning to play an instrument, speak a different language, learn to dance, or book a fancy vacation – 9 times out of 10 you would seek the help or guidance of a professional in the particular area of interest. The same is true for a small business. As a new/existing business owner, why wouldn’t you want to look for a mentor to help you grow? As an accountant, we like to think of ourselves as a coach or “money partner” to your business. We also enjoy watching young entrepreneurs evolve.The most important thing you can do when it comes to your business finances is Continue Reading »
Cloud software has brought a wealth of user-focused solutions to businesses of all sizes. One such solution, useful to almost any business, is a secure portal. Secure portals allow for the encrypted transfer of files and a central repository of information that can be shared and accessed in a collaborative fashion. Whether you are sharing information with clients or providing and receiving accounting and tax information, portals can provide a better alternative to traditional communication and filing solutions such as mail and email. Portals allow for 128 or 256 bit SSL encryption and unique user access so parties can share information safely and effectively, and provide a secure backup of valuable information. At AccountSolve, we use client portals to provide quick and easy two-way transfer of information between our professionals and our clients – limiting risk, postage, and workloads. Clients have on-demand secure access to archived information and both clients and our professionals can securely send financial information (even very large files) anytime. If you frequently collaborate with clients or vendors, send large files, or need a level of encrypted security that email can’t offer, consider a secure portal solution for your business.