Happy End of Financial Year! Yes, we Accountants tend to get excited when 30th June rolls around…well I do anyway…
Some of you may recall I wrote briefly about “Year End” during the A – Z Blogging Challenge (you can read that post here), but today is the day!
I’m not really one for making new years resolutions at the end of the calendar year, but I do tend to use the end of the financial year as a time to reflect on where I’m at with my career and my business…and I encourage you all to do the same.
If you are an employee, a good place to start is to look at where you sit in your organisation…is it where you want to be or is there room for improvement? Find out what you need to do to make those improvements and then take the necessary steps…whether that’s getting additional training, looking for alternative work experience or sourcing a mentor…now is as good a time as any!
If you are in business, a similar process can be followed, but it’s likely to take you on a path of reviewing how your business functions and how it works for you. You might find you need to make adjustments to stock, staff and procedures (including your bookkeeping) in order to make improvements to increase efficiency and productivity – both of which will benefit your business and you as a business owner.
OK, I’m off shopping now for my “end of financial year present to self”…seems like a good excuse to me!
It’s Frivolous Friday…but I don’t really consider today’s topic to be frivolous…as it involves happiness!
One of the benefits of working for yourself and working from home is having the ability to change your plans for the day (of course when time permits)…and this is exactly what happened to me yesterday…
As usual I had a list of the work I wanted to accomplish for the day (I love lists, but that’s a topic for another time), as well as where I needed to be and when…but then I received an offer for a “cake date” with a three year old (and his gorgeous Mum)…how could I resist?
It got me thinking that it wasn’t too long ago that I would have had to turn this offer down, and while it means I’ll need to do some catch up work on the weekend…I’m glad I had the opportunity to spend time with them (the smiles of this three year old definitely warm my heart).
The end of the financial year is always hectic for Accountants, as it is for many others…but I urge you all to take time out for your loved ones whenever you can… take in the happy times…because happiness is golden.
* I haven’t actually made a list of the benefits of working from home…I just made this number up!
After much encouragement from a number of friends and colleagues…I’ve finally joined LinkedIn!
I’m still very much an amateur at the inner workings of it, but I’m really looking forward to the connections that I will make, with both new and old associates…but I’m also looking forward to the professional opportunities that may arise.
When it comes to social media, Facebook is probably the most well known platform and it’s very useful for both individuals and business alike…in fact, many of you are reading this now having found it through our Facebook page!
But being linked isn’t just about the use of social media…a lot of referrals to The Tax Chic are coming from good old fashioned “word of mouth”…and there is nothing more rewarding in a professional sense than hearing positive words being spoken about you and your business!
I think it’s important to work with your contacts, both online and in person, to help yourself, your business and others…
So, if you are a student looking for your first job, talk to your teachers, family and friends for details on who’s hiring. If you are relocating to a new town or city, ask people around you for tips on everything from the best bakery or dry cleaner, to restaurants and doctors…and if you are an individual or business looking for a new accountant, talk to other individuals and businesses for a recommendation!
I spent part of yesterday afternoon glued to the television watching the grand final of the 2014 ANZ Championship (netball…for anyone not in the know!)
The Melbourne Vixens defeated the Queensland Firebirds to claim the championship trophy…and I’m sure everyone who was part of the victory is in celebration mode today!
It got me thinking…do you celebrate your achievements? Often when we think of achievements we refer to winning sports trophies and the like…but what about personal achievements, business achievements and career achievements?
Whether it’s completing a fitness event, passing a subject you are studying, securing a new client or customer in your business or getting that promotion you’ve had your eye on…celebrating the steps it takes you to get there can often be the catalyst for greater motivation!
I for one am big on celebration…there is absolutely nothing wrong with being proud of the things you’ve done…and I quite often “reward” myself for achieving the little goals.
I encourage each of you to have a look at the different aspects of your life and be sure to celebrate your achievements…my question to you is, do you celebrate your achievements? If so, how?