Are you afraid to be generous?

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank

Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Photo Credit: Wikipedia

What’s keeping you from being more generous? I have to admit, I’ve rationalized not giving money to people on the street who ask me for it with the thought, “if I gave each of these people what they asked for, I’d go broke.” It’s not really true. When I lived in Chicago, it would have cost me a cup of coffee or two most days. I was also afraid the money wouldn’t really help. The fear was enough to keep me walking right past them.

Have you experienced the fear of losing when you could have been generous? This isn’t just about money. Maybe a competitor asked you about business. You could have been generously honest, but instead you feared being taken advantage of, so you held back. Whatever it was, you were afraid that by giving, you were giving it away.

I don’t think it has to be that way. I believe that when you give expecting nothing in return, everyone wins. Keep on giving and you’ll have an army of friends. I believe that the way you act attracts certain people into your life and repels others. When you act generously to yourself and others, you attract generous people and you repel stingy bastards.

What would happen if instead of giving something away (and therefore losing it), you give because you have enough (and because you know that it will return to you)? I think this is the first step towards fearless, authentic generosity: acknowledge the fear of losing and then let go of the fear. There are countless roads to poverty, but the generous among us will never be poor.

In their post Why Your Networking Sucks and How to Fix It, Steph & Jeff over at BookMoreBrides.com share a great example of how giving just to give ended up saving their necks one weekend.

Where are you afraid to be generous? What might happen if you let go of the fear and put more trust in yourself, in other people, in the universe?

Pick the Best Accounting Software for Small Business

This is a guest post from Sara Collins over at NerdWallet.

As a small business owner, you know how incredibly frustrating it can be to keep track of records and finances accurately. By this point, keeping huge binders filled with indexed files and spreadsheets is an almost archaic practice; if you’re still operating this way, ask yourself “why?”. Doesn’t your small business deserve the same top-of-the-line software used by almost every mid-large scale business for financial planning and budgeting? You work hard enough to run your business – let these programs take at least a little of the weight off your shoulders.

I’ve taken a look at two of the best accounting software programs for small business which should just about cover your every need. These options are super intuitive and all about usability, so even if your expertise lies with event organization or food prep, you can still be your own accountant. If this English major can get a basic grasp on bookkeeping, so can you.

quickbooks1.) QuickBooks by Intuit
QuickBooks can easily organize your records, freeing up your time for other tasks. It consists of a double-entry accounting system, which means that it follows standard bookkeeping rules. You don’t have to worry about that because the program takes care of the debits and credits in the background. The 2013 version also allows users to create and share report templates. Reports can be sorted by industry type, user rating and/or popularity. QuickBooks is designed to be simple to use regardless of how clueless you may be when it comes to accounting. There’s even an online troubleshooting database and a community forums section, featuring many accounting professionals who can provide assistance for those of us who still aren’t quite sure what we’re doing. The site will even help you get in touch with a local expert if one exists near your location.

Information about your customers, vendors and employees is stored in the form of individual records. When you begin entering financial data on forms like invoices and purchase orders, these records will be used to automatically populate fields on your transaction forms. Record and transaction information will also be used to create the reports you’ll need to run. QuickBooks contains dozens of ready-made templates (again, catering to us newbies) and allows you to customize your output and/or export it into Excel. Because of the close integration throughout the system, you should be able to avoid duplicate data entry. QuickBooks is generic enough that it can be a good fit for a wide variety of business types and sizes. A Premier version of QuickBooks is available in several different industry versions, including Contractor, Manufacturing & Wholesale, and Retail.

sage502.) Sage 50 Complete
This accounting software is cleverly designed to anticipate the needs of small-business owners, from billing clients to tracking down inventory. Sage 50 Complete is specifically designed for small businesses and includes all the modules you need to run every aspect of your business, including accounting, billing, customer and vendor management, payroll processing, banking and inventory management. Providing everything you require and yet simple enough for non-accountants to master, Sage 50 Complete are one of the best leading industries accounting software on the market. It’s compatible with other products, and Sage software is scalable up to 40 users or 499 employees. Data entry screens in Sage 50 are easily navigated, and contain excellent look up options as well as tabs for related tasks. This software can do everything from printing pick lists to generating income statement reports.

This accounting system can generate more than 140 reports and includes the option to filter and track custom data fields. This small business software produces professional-looking invoices, prints checks and manages direct deposits. Sage 50 offers an excellent selection of third party applications that easily integrate with its core financial products. It has a powerful inventory manager that can handle a wide range of inventory data, including location, preferred vendor, substitutions, and assemblies. The payroll and employee module is also impressive. Sage offers excellent scalability in its products, where users can scale up from the Premium version up to the Quantum version, which can handle up to 40 system users. It can manage all employee details such as emergency contacts, accrued vacation time, commissions and overtime. Sage 50 is, as the name implies, complete.
If you’re looking for a new way to manage your business’s finances, don’t be intimidated by the software programs that can help you do it. All of their intricate capabilities are only designed to make your life easier. Making the decision to get started will be the toughest part – do your business a favor by checking out these programs today.

Sara Collins is a writer for NerdWallet, a site dedicated to helping consumers find the best interest rates.

Day 64 of Michelle’s Transformation

Today is a big day! Michelle shares just how much coaching has impacted her through this process in terms of the way she’s shown up and the results she’s seen in her life. Take a look.

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From Jeff:
“Michelle came to me because she was looking to make some huge changes in her life and kickstart her new business. She’s an experienced florist living in a major city and she is totally devoted to her kids, including a daughter with special needs. Michelle’s motivation to start her own business stemmed from her desire to spend more time with her daughters. She chose the Total Transformation one-on-one VIP coaching package and she’s keeping a video diary of her progress in this 90-day Meh to Marvelous transformation.”

Day 63 of Michelle’s Transformation

Michelle checks in after a conversation with entrepreneur coach, Jeff Hellenbrand. She talks about taking care of herself and making time for herself. She’s taking the time to be good to herself and experiencing all sorts of little rewards. She also has an update on where they’re at with the lease!

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From Jeff:
“Michelle came to me because she was looking to make some huge changes in her life and kickstart her new business. She’s an experienced florist living in a major city and she is totally devoted to her kids, including a daughter with special needs. Michelle’s motivation to start her own business stemmed from her desire to spend more time with her daughters. She chose the Total Transformation one-on-one VIP coaching package and she’s keeping a video diary of her progress in this 90-day Meh to Marvelous transformation.”

Day 62 of Michelle’s Transformation

Day 62 is another long day and it’s no wonder – Michelle has been in the process of finding a building, signing a lease and buying a business. She can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but she’s not there yet.

Are you halfway through the tunnel to the vision you have for your life? How big is that light at the end of the tunnel? What’s one thing you can do today to get a little closer so that light becomes a little bigger?

From Jeff:
“Michelle came to me because she was looking to make some huge changes in her life and kickstart her new business. She’s an experienced florist living in a major city and she is totally devoted to her kids, including a daughter with special needs. Michelle’s motivation to start her own business stemmed from her desire to spend more time with her daughters. She chose the Total Transformation one-on-one VIP coaching package and she’s keeping a video diary of her progress in this 90-day Meh to Marvelous transformation.”

Day 61 of Michelle’s Transformation

Michelle is back! After a gap in the videos, Michelle is recording this video from the new space she’s moving into. There are some new developments in the process of purchasing the business. She talks about the potential for this situation to be stressful (most people would be freaking out) and how she’s able to respond instead.

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Guest Post: Protect Yourself from Gmail’s Recent Changes

By Kathy DalPra

If you’re a savvy wedding professional who uses email marketing to stay in touch with engaged couples, you may want to let your subscribers know about some recent changes to the Gmail system and what steps they need to take to make sure they don’t start missing all your messages.

Here’s What Happened

Google recently added 3 new tabs to the Gmail interface, which automatically sorts incoming messages into one of three groupings: Continue reading

Meh to Marvelous Transformation: Day 34

In today’s “Meh to Marvelous” video, Michelle checks in about a cool experience she had today. She shares how spending time with a group of people from her past really helped her to see how much she’s already changed. You can see how excited and empowered she is with the progress she’s made in transforming her life and business so far.

“Michelle came to me because she was looking to make some huge changes in her life and kickstart her new business. She’s an experienced florist living in a major city and she is totally devoted to her kids, including a daughter with special needs. Michelle’s motivation to start her own business stemmed from her desire to spend more time with her daughters. She’s keeping a video diary of her progress in this 90-day Meh to Marvelous transformation.” – Jeff Hellenbrand, Cake Coaching

Meh to Marvelous Transformation: Day 33

In today’s “Meh to Marvelous” video, Michelle talks about envisioning the new space for her business. Hear her describe exactly what you she wants for her retail floral shop and home-base for wedding and other event deliveries. She’s super stoked, she’s got a clear vision and her ideal space sounds really beautiful. It’s cool to see how excited and passionate she is to hunt down the perfect spot and turn it into her dream floral studio.

“Michelle came to me because she was looking to make some huge changes in her life and kickstart her new business. She’s an experienced florist living in a major city and she is totally devoted to her kids, including a daughter with special needs. Michelle’s motivation to start her own business stemmed from her desire to spend more time with her daughters. She’s keeping a video diary of her progress in this 90-day Meh to Marvelous transformation.” – Jeff Hellenbrand, Cake Coaching