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Category: Simplifying & Oraganizing

Escaping The Hamster Wheel Life

It’s amazing how the busyness of life creeps up on us.  Before we know it we are dashing from job, to home, to sport practices, PTO meetings, the grocery store, gobbling down dinner and praying that nothing really important falls through the cracks.  Deadlines loom and bills need to be paid. Life is busy and life is full.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing, except when it becomes a bad thing.  All of a sudden we realize how tired we are and we find ourselves praying that our kids soccer season (that just started) would somehow be over already…

Simplified Office: Bookkeeping (Series Post #2)

Last week I started a series to address simplifying the back office of your business.  If you own a business, you are going to have back office functions that need to be taken care of.  Bookkeeping, taxes, regulations, information management, social media management, human resources…and the list goes on. From my experience, managing the back office is one area that business owners can really struggle with.  Back office work can be tedious and is not always the fun part of running a business, meaning that often back office tasks are regulated to the back burner. An Excerpt from the Back Office Series Post #1“Part of the issue is that we often view back office work as only dealing with annoying administrative tasks, but the truth is, the back office is what runs your business.  The back office is the engine (the guts) to your car.  It is what makes the car run.  The better you take care of the engine, the better performing your car will be. Time after time I have worked with clients who, for one reason or another, failed to tend to the engine of their business from the beginning.  What resulted, was…

Simplified Office: The Basics {Series Post #1}

Back Office =The physical or virtual office in which the administrative work of a business is carried out. Can we be honest and say that most people hate dealing with the back office portion of their business. Part of the issue is that we often view back office work as only dealing with annoying administrative tasks, but the truth is, the back office is what runs your business.   Think of it like this: The back office is the engine (the guts) to your car.  It is what makes the car run.  The better you take care of the engine, the better performing your car will be. If you are fueling your back office with inattention and lack of care, guess how your business is… Click To Tweet Time after time I have worked with clients who, for one reason or another, failed to tend to the engine of their business from the beginning.  What resulted, was wasted time and energy looking for needed information, that was not in the right place or useful at the right time.   The resulting mess required hours, weeks and sometimes months of clean up…

The Simplified Office

You might ask what a simplified office has to do with a simplified life.  Great question! For our family, part of our journey to a simpler life is finding ways that our work does not take us away from our family.  We want to live life together, in all aspects. For right now that means my husband is working hard to build his online business.  It allows him to work from home and home school our children.  Even though I currently work away from home, the goal is to one day be entrepreneurs together – not just me and him, but our whole family. I know that is a dream for many of you too.  You have shared with me the desire to live a simpler life, debt free and without the confines of a 9-5 job. However, there is still a need to earn an income for the family, which means many of you will be working to start up a small business to make that dream a reality. But starting up a business can be daunting and overwhelming.  Where do you start? How do you find your “sweet spot”? What about the paperwork and back…