Are You Portraying the Image of a Successful Professional Bookkeeper?

Many freelance bookkeepers want to increase their income so that it reflects their true worth. That process starts with picking a reasonable, specific dollar amount to aim for. However, you can’t stop there. You need to stay focused on that number every day, asking yourself, “Am I being and doing … [Read more...]

Be the Copernicus of the Bookkeeping World

People used to think the earth was flat.  Some people were imprisoned, and even executed, if they suggested the earth revolved around the sun rather than everything revolving around the earth. What does this have to do with you, the freelance bookkeeper?  Antiquated thinking can keep you from … [Read more...]

Bookkeepers – How to Keep Forward Momentum for Your Business Building Goals

You don’t want to be like business owners who go blindly year-to-year, making just enough money to get by, but knowing deep down they’re capable of so much more. Each year they make New Year’s resolutions or goals to do things differently. Each year they stay in the same old rut. Is it your goal … [Read more...]

A Surefire Way to Get Your Bookkeeping Clients to Agree to Your Rate Increase

In a recent article, I shared how a freelance bookkeeper can face their fears and have the “money conversation” with clients about raising rates. Today, I want to share some practical ways to approach the touchy topic of increasing your bookkeeping rates with your bookkeeping clients. Over the … [Read more...]

Bookkeepers – Do You Need to Talk to Clients About Rate Increases?

When you read that headline, did it hit you in the pit of your stomach?  If so, you’re not alone. It’s hard to talk about money because there are a lot of issues surrounding money.  It expresses where we are in your relationships with clients, your family, friends, objects and yourself. There are … [Read more...]

Speak to the Queen

There’s an old Norwegian proverb my friend Domenica Papalia likes to tease me with, “Speak to the queen and the queen will listen.” Domenica and I mastermind together about our businesses and I know when she mentions this quote to me I’m feeling unsupported by the Universe. When I’m feeling this … [Read more...]

Diagnosing Your Fear – The Key to a Successful Bookkeeping Business

Freelance bookkeepers are faced with so many life and business-altering decisions.Since you’re your own boss you’re constantly asking yourself questions like: “Should I spend so much money to buy this new equipment? Should I keep working from home or rent office space? Should I expand? Should I … [Read more...]

Dogged Determination

My eight-year-old neighbor, Julia, wants a dog.  She comes over almost every day to visit my two, Bailey and Bella.  (That’s a picture of them playing soccer.  Well, their version of soccer.)  Her only obstacle - Connor, her five-year-old brother! He doesn’t like dogs and wants absolutely nothing … [Read more...]

Accountability – The Secret to a Profitable Bookkeeping Business

As a  bookkeeper, “accounting” is a word that’s an integral part of your life.  You keep account of other peoples’ books, providing their business with a support system that keeps it financially healthy. But let me ask you - who keeps account of you? Whether you are a student of accounting, an … [Read more...]

Great Expectations

By Linda A. Hunt, The Small Business Money Mentor My good friend and business colleague Sue (name has been changed for confidentiality purposes) called me freaking out about money! She was having a mini meltdown and could not figure out why. Here’s what happened…. On Monday she sent an invoice to … [Read more...]