Here I sit in my office rather late on Sunday evening after a full day of financial paperwork for my business and my husband’s. Catch up as a result of all the time I have spent at various Conference sessions in the last week or so.
I attended the Professional Organizers in Canada (POC) Conference in Montreal from November 5th to 7th and the Centre for Women in Business (CWB) Conference here in Halifax on November 12th. I am definitely ‘all conferenced out’, but I have to say it was so worth it.
It’s my once a year chance to rejuvenate myself, learn from others, reconnect with organizing friends from across the country and establish stronger connections with women right here in my own backyard. Several messages came across loud and clear, funnily enough, at both Conferences, go figure!
Use technology to your best advantage to make your business as efficient as possible but don’t get carried away with the latest online tool just because it’s new and looks cool.
- Doodle – for scheduling with multiple people and your assistant
- Postling – to manage all your social media
- ReQall – for voice to text while you’re on the road
- Dropbox – for online file syncing and sharing on multiple computers
- Google’s PasswordSafe – for keeping your passwords
The second message that came through loud and clear is the need for business owners, especially us organizers, to relinquish control of our business by hiring some help, outsourcing or bringing in partners and associates who complement our own skills. My first step will be to hire a part-time personal assistant early in 2011 and then to start thinking about another staff member to work with me on client projects. It is simply not possible to build a profitable long-term business without getting some help, not matter how hard it will be!
The final message is around the profitability subject and that is to get your finances under total control. Build a business and personal budget and stick to it, work with a banker who understands small business, get a good tax accountant and incorporate your business as soon as it makes financial sense (for me that was three years ago).
Yup, you guessed it, my first step before anything else is to book an appointment with a lawyer and get moving on the incorporation! Ugh, the thought of the work involved in transitioning makes me cringe but I must soldier on. Wish me luck!