Happy New Year Business Folks. I hope you were able to enjoy a day of rest from business planning, but if not, let’s get back to work.
If you are looking back and seeing all the things that are wrong and looking forward with anxiety, you aren’t alone. I would say that January is a very stressful month just because we’re all thinking about our impending tax returns and worrying about how our business didn’t quite reach our goals.
Take a breathe. You can organize yourself to make your business and life easier.
Starting this year, signup to a file sharing system like Drop Box. This will keep your important files backed up in case of hard drive failure.
Organize your file system to make sense FOR YOU. I happen to keep separate folders per month and I name them as “1-Jan 2014″. Call it a pet peeve, but I hate to look at a bunch of folders in alphabetical order when I really want to see the files in order by month.
Get yourself a professional accounting system. I can’t say this enough times. My favorites to refer is Wave Apps, and Xero. Wave Apps is free forever, and Xero has a 6 month free trial. There are certain cases to use one over the other, but you can’t go wrong with trying them BOTH for six months.
So those are my tips for a brighter business. And yes, I’ve followed my own advice for a whole year and I’m not bombarded with my ziploc baggies of receipts to enter before taxes are due. True story.
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