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10 STEPS TO SOLVE INVOICING YOUR CLIENTS

 

A pain-free guide to shopping for invoicing software.  And bonus, the first two options are free to join! Today I'll show you how to create an invoice for your customers using PayPal.

Three popular tools I'm seeing used today to create an invoice online are PayPal, Wave, and Xero.  

You’ll learn how to send an invoice to your customers via email even if you have no business experience.  Be professional from day 1 of your business, so you can better manage cash flow without messing around with cash and cheques.

We also touch on small business tips to streamline your cash flow. Your goal is to establish your first income stream without the headaches and without spending tons of money on printing letterheads.  No expensive color printers required.   Establish your business on the cloud today and give your customers easy payment options.

Let's look at the 10 steps

1. Open a business bank account

The one thing that seems to stop most...

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HOW TO CREATE YOUR FIRST WEB PAGE IN ONE WEEKEND FOR UNDER $500

 

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Be intentional about how you spend your money in the first 12 – 24 months of business. 

There are so many tiny details that determine the success of your small business. One incredibly important ingredient is your website. What does your dream website look like?? Are you a starting a blog, an e-commerce store, or a magazine website??

Start-up funds can be tight when you're building an online business.  

Chances are you Googled how to start a website. Prices from web designers can vary dramatically from hundreds to tens of thousands. So how do you get results from a start-up budget? Stick to a pay per month subscription when getting started so you can better manage your cash flow and the coolest thing about...

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[FREE SCHOLARSHIP] SMALL BIZ 2020

GIVEAWAY time! There's another client baby on the way and gifts are flowing, so I wanted to shout out one of MY favorite gifts and give you a chance to get your hands on it!

It took me years of serving clients and distilling my responses to create a step-by-step video guide for small business money management. So, I am giving new and upcoming entrepreneurs the chance to experience the course on scholarship. To apply read below and complete the survey.  I’ll pick the lucky winner on 31st July 2020! Get after it today, and I can’t wait to get this into your hands!

Business is numbers and without knowing your numbers and how to strategically systemize and manage them, you’re making mistakes and wasting time, our most precious resource…

Testing, measuring, and making number-based business decisions can make amazing things happen.

  • Over the past 9 years we’ve helped small business owners in health, construction, hospitality, not-for-profit,...
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YOU'RE ONLY 7 STEPS AWAY FROM BEING A WORK FROM HOME MAMA

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1. Write a blog focusing on the keywords for your product

Many mums, myself included, start a blog while on maternity leave.  I started blogging while living in Japan during 2014 and it took off to over 100,000 views in the first months because I had regular travel tips and new photos most weeks of my travels.  I later created a bookkeepers blog, BluecloudBookkeeping.com.au and this took off to number 30 in the bookkeeper's blog world.  This has now been distilled into my online program, Small Business Money Management.

A great way to start is with a WordPress website. I love using the templates by 17th Avenue designs because they are super girly and all they need is your words.  To start monetizing your blog watch my keywords...

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HERE'S MY EXACT GUIDE FOR MANAGING BILLS

Bills. What a drag seriously or not?

Managing bills when running your own small business can take forEVER.  And when EVERYONE wants your attention

you can fall behind on your taxes.

The solution ...a simple app on your phone.  I'll take you through how they work and what they do for you.

Bye-bye prehistoric spreadsheets

Gone are the days when you need to track all your tax deductions through an Excel spreadsheet. yay!

Use an app to effortlessly record and categorize your tax deductions.  Apps like Xero and Receipt Bank allow you to photograph a supplier invoice or tax receipt for tax purposes.  This can then be matched to the transaction on your business bank account (this is what's known as a bank reconciliation.....yawn right?) inside your Xero accounting software.

Why use a phone app to store your tax deductions

1. It's fast.  Taking a photo of your bill is faster than typing in all the details by hand.

The app will take the photo...

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5 THINGS YOUR NEED TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING A VIRTUAL BOOKKEEPING BUSINESS

"Literally, every single business in the world needs a bookkeeper.  It might as well be you!"

 

If you’re ready to find a new career working from home, on your schedule, a bookkeeping business could be the answer. 

Here's an overview of what you need to know before making the commitment.

1. What is bookkeeping?

Bookkeeping is the process of summarising and categorising business transactions into reports for business decision making and for lodging mandatory tax returns as required by Taxation Law and Corporations Law.

Bookkeepers do most of the day to day transaction processing for small businesses, like collecting income and paying and recording supplier bills, while accountants are more inclined to focus on the income tax preparation, preparing GST Business Activity Statements and making the end of financial year adjustments. 

Before you decide to open any business you must know the numbers.  Writing out a business plan is a great first...

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10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BEING CONFIDENT

There is a life out there where you can have it all.  It takes time and it takes endurance, but every woman can have a career, a relationship, and a family all together. Here are the key ingredients I'm working towards every day.  Join me.

1. Becoming your best self starts with accepting yourself.

The way you look and where you are right now in your career and personal life.  Some things just are.  Other things can be changed.  Stay aware of what is 100% true and what may be a belief you picked up through your life from someone else.

2. Decide to be confident

Learning a skill and becoming competent in that skill will help you become more confident.  We’re not born confident.  We must decide to be confident and decide to turn emotions into a feeling that can coincide with being a confident person.  E.g. When I host a live webinar sometimes my mouth goes dry and I stumble with my words as I see more and more people entering the Zoom...

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CALLING ALL SHINY SEQUIN LOVERS

capsule wardrobe May 12, 2020

It's not often I talk about my wardrobe but right now I think there's a huge opportunity for all women out there to capitalise on curating the wardrobe staples that will see them through the next few years and even the end of the decade.

During COVID I've spent some time watching fashion shows on YouTube and my inbox has been full of promotions for work from home outfits and the like and so I've decided to update my look with a few new staples that'll see me through the next few months and years hopefully.

I was only aware of capsule wardrobe enthusiasts back in 2014 when I read Marie Kondo's book, "The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying up" and I went on a purge of all the outfits that no longer suited my colouring, my shape or that simply lay in the back of the wardrobe joyless.

The thing is we weren't brought up to dress from a small select few keys items. Marketing can easily persuade us to follow seasonal trends.  This is where the fashionista can easily end with a...

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HAVE YOU BEEN WONDERING HOW TO BE PRODUCTIVE FROM HOME?

Whether you’ve always worked from home or you're practicing social distancing my golden rules for productive and satisfying days from the home office include the following: -

1. Declutter your workspace

Decluttering all the piles of paper and objects in your workspace is important before embarking on a new work project.  Clutter can make you feel unmotivated and distracted from what you should be focusing on and so, therefore, I find having a clean and tidy workspace is essential to boosting my levels of output while working from home. 

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As a bookkeeper for dozens of restaurants in the past, my kitchen table became a complete nightmare of receipts and papers until I was introduced to Receipt Bank.  Receipt Bank is my go-to tool for eliminating the clutter and helping reduce the number of paper invoices my clients print.  It's wholly based in the cloud so our suppliers can email PDF invoices saving on unnecessary paper. Marie Kondo is my go-to...

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HOW TO SOLVE THIS GIANT PROBLEM (BUSINESS TAXES)

If you've fallen behind on your taxes and just need to get the dang thing done already, this is the day!

You’ve got this and we’re not going to let you waste another weekend getting nowhere shuffling papers.  There are kids to feed, cakes to bake and that book chapter to write… well, at least one day.

Here are the 3 parts to catching up on your business taxes.

 

  1. LIST YOUR BUSINESS INCOME

  2. LIST YOUR BUSINESS EXPENSES BOTH TAX DEDUCTIBLE AND NON DEDUCTIBLE

  3. OTHER STUFF YOU NEED READY FOR YOUR TAX AGENT OR TAX ACCOUNTANT

GOAL 

So the end goal is for your business tax return to be filled out and lodged with the taxation office. 

If you’re an Australian lodging your own tax return this will need to be done before the 31st October.  If you’re using a tax agent or tax accountant in Australia then they may be able to get an extension for you. It’s best to find a tax agent before 30th June so they can add...

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