Conference Tips for Small Business Owners

Conference Tips for Small Business Owners

For small business owners, business conferences can be both a blessing and a curse. They give you the opportunity to develop new skills and learn strategies that you can use in your business, and they also provide you with the chance to meet new people and expand your business network. Unfortunately, they also pull you away from your business and they cost money, so it’s important that you get the most out of any business conference you attend.

Here are some tips to help you come away from your next conference feeling motivated and energized, rather than overwhelmed and exhausted.

How to learn from failure in business

How to learn from failure in business

Ask any successful entrepreneur about their path to greatness and you’ll get the same answer: failure is an inevitable part of the journey.

It took Thomas Edison 1,000 failed attempts before he finally invented the light bulb.

Tim Ferris received 25 rejections before his bestselling book, “The 4 Hour Workweek” was finally published and sold millions of copies.

It’s a fact that 20% of businesses fail in their first year – and many fold before their fifth.

The truth is, building a successful company is typically a very long game. Not every idea is a winner; not every decision yields success. But you can learn from experience, gaining wisdom as you nurture resilience – key ingredients, along with hard work and a pinch of luck, that eventually lead to victory.

Here’s how to stay in the game long enough to win, and make the most of failure along the way.

4 Tips for Getting Your Business Through Tough Times

4 Tips for Getting Your Business Through Tough Times

If you’re a small business owner whose company hasn’t gone through hard times, that’s great but it’s likely to happen at some point. As much as we dream about being brilliant enough at business that we’ll never face slow times, there are many things beyond our control that can negatively affect our business.

Here are four tips for getting your business through difficult periods so you can look forward to many more years of business ownership.

Get paid first – why your salary should be your business’s first monthly expense

Get paid first – why your salary should be your business’s first monthly expense

It’s the line item most often left out of a small company’s budget: the business owner’s salary.

Let’s face it: you can always spend cash on your business. From office expenses to employee salaries to rent, every month a portion of your revenue is accounted for.

But paying yourself first is a must. You need to earn a living – and paying yourself can actually help your business succeed.

Here’s why you should make your salary a top priority, starting now.

Great Reasons to Shorten Your Work Week

Great Reasons to Shorten Your Work Week

Okay, there probably aren’t a lot of people who need to be convinced that a shorter workweek is a great idea. Small business owners, however, might be on the list of people who need a little encouragement. After all, every day they take off could mean a longer day to make up for the missed hours.

There are some very real benefits to working a shorter week and those benefits aren’t just about the long weekends—though who would complain about those?

Here are some great reasons to consider shortening your workweek.

March Virtual Xero Hour: From apps to advisory

March Virtual Xero Hour: From apps to advisory

There is more to Advisory Services than KPIs and Cashflow. Whether you are already a Cloud Integrator or looking to become one, join us for Virtual Xero Hour in March. We will present on App Advisory as a service line, Xero's app ecosystem, and provide an introduction to Xero's App Playbooks and Industry Badges. After this short presentation, attendees will be divided into smaller discussion groups in order to provide you ample time to connect and collaborate on this topic with other Accountants and Bookkeeper from across North America.

February Xero Hour: Measure success and learn what clients really think of you

Feedback from both clients and staff provides you with vital knowledge and insights. To start, ask yourself these key questions: Does your culture encourage two-way dialogue? Have you asked peers how they secure feedback? Do you actively request testimonials and reviews? There are many ways to capture these insights – join us to learn how.

WorkshopCafe

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Getting Started with Xero

Getting Started with Xero

How to get the most out of Xero right from the start

When you start using Xero, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it. We’re big fans here at Acme Accountants and know how happy clients are when they can see their cash flow situation whenever they want, send online invoices, pay bills and run their businesses more effectively.

June Xero Hour: How to choose the right app(s)

When it comes to assembling the tools you use, there’s a lot to consider: client verticals, scale, desired results … and of course, costs. Then there’s the discussion of external or internal applications. And are the tools customer-facing or for your own business stack? Join us as we outline the tool categories and how they can best fit into your practice and client roster.