This time of year might be the worst time of the year. Everyone is eager for spring and summer and yet the snow and the rain and the ice just keeps coming. It's discouraging. It's depressing. It can mess with your mind and affect your work, too.
What can you do to push through and make it to Spring?
Chris bought me some beautiful tulips for Valentine's Day. Even though we keep having snow storms, the black dirt and blooming flowers remind me that Spring IS coming.
Playing upbeat music always helps to clear my mood. Chris laughs at me, but I love playing Broadway Showtunes or songs from Disney movies on my Pandora station. I think the character's dramatic predicaments and then positive outlook and conquering attitude helps me dramatically make it through my day! If you're ever on a call with me, you can be assured that I was JUST listening to upbeat music before I said "hello!" Music is definitely the soundtrack of my life and is SO much more uplifting than TV, Facebook or dead air in our office.
Trying out a new restaurant always lifts my mood, too. I love scouring the menu, trying to find the treasure that may become my new favorite. Of course, I analyze their customer service and marketing--I can't help it-- and I love how a new setting and new food heightens my senses.
What can YOU do this week to lift your mood and get you to the other side of the winter slump? Write me back and tell me what you're up to. I'd love to hear!
P.S. We are in the middle of our move to our new house and things are a little CrAzY over here. But that doesn't mean we aren't working! We are finishing up two huge website projects, enrolling new bookkeeping clients, and setting up new Google AdWords accounts. I have moved so many times that I actually set up a system for keeping things organized along the way. If you want my Moving Checklist for a less stressful move, you can grab it HERE. Thank goodness we have a rock star team at Never Alone Business Services, helping us help YOU. They keep us on track and keep all the projects moving forward!
Tax season! ACK! Everyone I talk to is sweating and silently screaming about getting their books in order for tax season. There's just SO MUCH to do. I get it! This last year, we combined both of our businesses into "Hickle Enterprises" and we are in the middle of purchasing a new home. All the paperwork and documents can be downright exhausting and overwhelming!
BUT. There is a better way. This is a great time of year to say, "No more. I'm doing things differently from now on."
Right now, we are enrolling new bookkeeping clients. If you sign up before March 31, we will waive our set up fee ($500 value). Our team member, Jessica, is dedicated to keeping YOUR books organized and streamlined so tax season next year won't be so insanely crazy for you! Chris has 20 years of bookkeeping experience with businesses and churches so he really understands.
We had a client come to us that was used to paying his accountant $12,000 per year (ack!!!) to sort out his disastrous books. When he switched to us (less than $200 per month for bookkeeping), his accountant bill was only $1200. Whew!! That's a savings of $8400!
Now, your situation probably is NOT as dire, because he had a very complex situation, but this story still illustrates the need for an accountant at TAX time and a bookkeeper for the rest of the year. If you're using an accountant to fix your books, you are paying way too much. If you aren't reconciling your books monthly, you have a serious problem on your hands. But it's okay! We can help!
In addition to balancing your books every month, we can audit your contractor's invoices and get them paid each month! What a weight off your shoulders! You'll receive a profit and loss statement every month, so you can have an accurate picture of how much money you are earning and how much you are spending. I don't know about you, but that document is the most important thing that I view during my month. Numbers don't lie and they help me stay on track (they also keep my feelings in check when I see those black and white numbers staring at me)!
Are you ready to have a different tax season in 2019? Your future self with thank you if you make this decision now. Just schedule a call with us to talk about all the details:
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5 years ago we embarked on a faith journey. We had outgrown our cute little rambler, but couldn't sell it yet (we had bought at the height of the market in 2005). Since I'm Jen Hickle and you can't really tell me anything is impossible, I convinced Chris that we could get more land and space for our family by renting out our house and renting a house for a few years, while we grew our company and saved for another house. This was a TOTAL faith walk and could have really backfired, but we continued to pray and believe everything would work out in the end.
So that's what we have been doing! We were in Corcoran on a couple acres (and then discovered we like LOOKING at wide open spaces, but not maintaining them!) and then in Rogers (on a beautiful pond, but squeezed between TOO many neighbors). After looking for months, we finally found a beautiful home that fits our family, is in our budget, and has beautiful wide-open spaces for our work-at-home, homeschooling family!
Phew. We are finally at the conclusion of this 5 year journey and we are feeling so thankful and blessed!
(For anyone who is curious, we still own our first home and will continue to rent it out. In fact, we may purchase other rental properties as an investment and more streams of revenue! We've learned so much about renting out our home and being renters in the last 5 years!)
We have been busy picking out paint colors and new carpet, to really make this home updated and feel like "ours." You can follow our adventure on Instagram here:
Here's a couple pictures. I'll showcase the "after" pictures on Instagram in the next few weeks! We are super excited!
Wow, I don't know about you, but January was crazy in our house! We had two birthdays (our oldest son turned 17 and our youngest daughter turned 10) and we traveled to Florida for some great fun vacation time in the sun. Our music school enrolled 40 new students and we passed a new milestone: 560 students are enrolled in our school and take lessons every week!
I just finished teaching a 5 Day Mini Course on Online Marketing and the response was outstanding.
Here's what people are saying:
"Thank You Jen and Chris! Over a year ago I hired Never Alone Business Services to redo the website for my business The Bayport School of Music...all I can say is that everything presented in this mini workshop will help your business reach more potential customers...Bravo!"
"So I watched the videos—very informative and clear, thank you, Jen!"
"Thank you for your investment in ALL of us!
Thanks for your consistent encouragement.
You DEFINITELY are fulfilling your calling, and we appreciate you much!"
"Thanks! You gave me a lot to think about."
"Hi Jen! Thank you so much for this very helpful mini course! You are awesome!"
If you missed out on the course this week, but would still like access to the free mini course, just email me and I'll get you access to the 5 videos! ALL the videos disappear on February 9, so you have one week to jump in!
Too busy to watch all the videos? I get it! Life can get crazy! Even if you just hit play and passively listen, you'll get ideas and clarity for your business. You don't have to do all the homework right away to still greatly benefit from the content!
So what's next for you? As January fades away and we walk into February, I find that now is a great time to finally fix your website and get those print materials finished. As I catch my breath from a busy January, my calendar is now open and ready for YOU. Just book a call with me if you need help with:
Hi, I'm Jen Hickle!