Friday, September 14, 2012

Whats in the name

They say that choosing the right name for your business is one of the biggest decisions you will make. With this in mind I took the time thinking of what to name my bookkeeping business. There were many names that came and went, they just didn't have the catch I was looking for. But when 3 Lions came to me one day I knew that was it.
It met all the criteria I was looking for and also has a link to me personally. Whats the link many may ask. Well I am a huge sports fan and football, the English kind, is a huge part of my life. So it's fitting that the English soccer teams logo is made off non other than 3 Lions.
I also liked the fact that there is a number in the name. After all that is what the service offers. Bookkeepers are all about numbers, as am I, I am a numbers guy. So 3 Lions Bookkeeping ticked all the boxes, the name was catchy, the number made it connect to the service it provided and it also has a personal connection.
As soon as I had the name, the slogan came right behind it. 'We take pride in our work'. Not only is it a true statement but it's also connected to the name. Lion's live in pride's!
This was the first big step I made in starting my own business and a very exciting one. There are many more steps to come but I look forward to the challenge.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Advantages of a Bookkeeping Service

Small businesses may see using a bookkeeping service as an unnecessary expense that they don't need. However this is a common mistake often made by small business owners.
Below are 4 of the main benefits gained by small businesses using a bookkeeping service;

1. We take care of the paperwork so you can take care of the rest
Many small business owners try to tackle their own books. This however uses up valuable time that could be used to more effect in other areas of your business such as communicating with clients, researching new products or working with employees.
Using a bookkeeping service allows the business owner to stop worrying about paperwork building up or bills being paid of time. It will take a huge weight of the business owners shoulders and allow them to get back to what they do best and that's run their business from the front line.

2. Accuracy
Bookkeeping is our profession and accuracy is one of our greatest skills along with attention to detail. By hiring a bookkeeping service you no longer have to worry about the accuracy of financial information or reports as that is what you are paying for. This can be a huge benefit in analysing your business effectively or in the case of any audits you may receive.

3. Reports
You will be able to have access to a greater range of reports that will help you analyse all aspects of your business. It could be profitability, tracking expenses or which product\service you provide is the most profitable. What ever you are looking to review having a bookkeeping service will give you access to much more information in the form of business reports.

4. Financial Management
Never worrying about paying your bills on time, sounds great right. Well this is what you can gain by using a bookkeeping business. You pay them to make sure all bills are paid on time and also that you are getting paid on time. Cash flow management is what can make or break a small business and with a bookkeeping service you will have a greater chance of effectively managing your finances to help your business grow and succeed.

It may be hard to take that first step in hiring a bookkeeping service and adding that additional expense. But I can assure you with the right bookkeeping company it will not be long before you start to reap the rewards of this service.

Joe Fromm
Owner of 3 Lions Bookkeeping