Ok Small Business Owner – this is for you. I have a tendency for being as subtle as a brick trough a plate glass window, so I am going to call it like it is.
Running a business is hard. You work odd hours. You work long hours. Often you are up late at night crunching the numbers or you are up early getting stuff ready for the day. In a lot of cases it’s both. So what ends up happening? Your life takes second place to your business. I know. I have been there. A number of times.
As small business people, we are entrepreneurs, we take risks (in most cases calculated) and occasionally we blaze new paths. We know the majority of us will not be the next Richard Branson or Mark Zuckerberg or Rod Drury. But we look up to them as idols and for inspiration. Most of us strive to provide a good service, offer value for money, do the right thing, create something new and unique or special to make our and other peoples lives better. I believe very few of us start a small business just to make money.
It’s a tough challenging juggling act – from managing products, services, suppliers, contractors, distribution, logistics, premises, staff, clients, compliance, legislation, marketing, advertising, investment, borrowings, the bank, and that’s without even considering family or personal time. Add to this that according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics more than 60% of small businesses cease operating within the first three years. These are daunting figures. So let’s consider how we make you and your small business a statistical anomaly.
With more than 25 years in the small business sector, I find there are two key tools that set you up to achieve business success.
The sad thing is a substantial number of small business people look at bookkeepers and the services they provide as an unnecessary evil. A requirement for compliance. An expense. Let’s face it why would you hand over hard earned cash to a bookkeeper and accountant when at the end all they do is tell you how much tax to pay. Seriously it’s a bitch.
Yet, I’ve seen time and time again, the difference that a bookkeeper can make to those entrepreneurs who embrace the services of a bookkeeper as a key member of their success team. They look at them as valuable advisors who can manage the back office and help them achieve their goals and profit targets. These are the ones you read about in the paper and hear about in social media. They are the ones that understand it takes a team to build a serious business.
The funny thing is digital disruption has being happening for some time, we just have not used it or taken full advantage of it. There are many that fear it. Automated data entry in today’s world is considered normal. It’s not science fiction. It’s now. It’s what we call “Automagical”.
As Andy Lark sums it up to accountants and bookkeepers attending Xerocon, the world’s most beautiful and innovative conference for leaders in cloud accounting, “You need to help your clients navigate change. They cannot afford to be complacent, because the early adopters eat the late.”
As an entrepreneur, if you are planning to stay in business, and strive for profit and success, no matter what form that is for you, you need to embrace change. You need to embrace technology. You need to build a trusted team that understands and accepts the power of change and technology. We are way past the Abacus. It is ripe time for you to embrace Automagical.
So if you’re worrying about your business, get in touch with the support team at Business Boost Centre. With many years of real world business experience and continuing investment in embracing technology and innovation they are the people you want on your side.
Your advice, guidance and assistance with Molonglo Group's transition to Xero has been invaluable over the last 18 months. We have very much appreciated your efforts with both our staff and the staff at Maxim. We have been able to capitalise on the efficiencies that Xero has bought to our Group and we thank you for this. Johnathan Efkarpidis - Molonglo Group
Excellent at providing early guidance and feedback. They have been especially useful in setting up my new business on Xero and have been very helpful with advice on payroll. They provide preemptive information that is very useful in running a small business. For example recently I was sent a Christmas Closure email which detailed lots of information about closing over the Christmas period and any associated obligations I may have. Klarisa Cengic - The Goods Wholefoods
I can't thank Don enough for his excellent advice and support in helping me transition from a clunky manual accounting system to the game changing Xero accounting package that has saved me an incredible amount of time and angst! Boost is always there in the background like a security blanket if things don't seem quite right or go wrong - they are super responsive and have assisted me in shifting my business to the next level. Kristen Pratt - Capital Nordic Walking
Boost Centre introduced me to the amazing Xero accounting system and set up the account getting all linked up to my trading bank account and does my BAS for me. The thing I like about dealing with Boost is the combination of direct assistance whilst teaching me how to run things myself as much as possible ie to save cost. This is a highly professional yet personalised and friendly service which I consider as an essential element for my business. Andrew Rickard - Funnell Entertainment + Soundshop
The Boost Centre team were an integral component to our start up. Their ability to resolve problems quickly and advise us on strategic financial decisions helped us achieve our short term goals and secure our business for future growth. We look forward to working with them in the future. Jarrod Deaton - Three Mills Bakery
Boost Centre has been of invaluable assistance during the early stages of our company. Whilst we have a good knowledge of bookkeeping, having to navigate the Xero system was a completely new challenge. Don provided training and is always just one phone call away from my questions as they come up. We’ll be employing Don’s training assistance again in the near future so we can meet new accounting requirements as our business expands. Karolina Russell - Festival Director
Don from Bookboost was a pleasure to work with. His professional and efficient approach helped us achieve our objectives. Luke Judd - Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre
At Local Press Café we wished to move on to the Xero accounting system. We chose to go with Boost Centre because they were recommended by a couple of our suppliers. Their expertise was invaluable, with a thorough knowledge of Xero, their ability to explain it and availability to assist us ensured our smooth transition over to Xero. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Business Boost Centre’s services to others. Gary Draper – Local Press Café
For more than 10 years I have trusted Denis and the team at BookBOOST™ to look after my business administration and compliance. They make sure we stay up to date and work with my accountant to take care of the details. Miće Kljusurić - MHK Building Services
I needed a bookkeeper with experience in the building game. BookBOOST™ were recommended by my accountant. Since engaging Denis and his team, my accountant and I are very happy with their timely and efficient work. Jo Perkovic - J&F Homes
My expertise as a pharmacist is a long way from the world of payroll, bookkeeping or BAS statements. Fortunately, I can concentrate on what I do best because I can rely on Denis from BookBOOST™ to do what they do best. Faruq Amin - Pharmasave Woden Pharmacy ACT