Thursday, July 30, 2020

Finding Your Voice

If you Google “how to find your voice,” the search engine will display about 1,710,000,000 results in less than .53 seconds. That is almost 2 billion suggestions of how to speak your truth from sources outside yourself. Now more than ever, it is crucial to operate from a place of alignment and authenticity in our personal and professional lives, and the truth is… you’re the only expert there is on what that means for you.

In my own life, this became very clear when I felt it was time to leave a Fortune 500 company, but I also couldn’t bring myself to take any of the four silver-platter alternative offers—so instead, I decided to start my own business. Seventeen years later, I’m beyond grateful to myself for taking the risk and letting that inner whisper become a full-volume life.

The best way I’ve found to connect to your own truth is to take care of yourself and then get out of your own way. In the words of American saxophonist Branford Marsalis, “Do your homework and your voice will find you.”

1. Take your M.E.D.S.
If you’re pouring from a less-than-full cup, you’re showing up in your life with less-than-full effort. Mental health, physical health and self-confidence are all interconnected. Prioritizing meditation, exercise, a healthy diet and quality sleep is the best way to set yourself up for success and self-awareness.

2. Celebrate small wins.
Most of us tend to hold off treating ourselves until we’ve accomplished something over the top, or reserve personal celebrations for that one day of the year we grow older. Taking the time to honor your efforts will accrue valuable emotional deposits (or as I like to call them, EROI: emotional returns on investment), as well as establish great reflection points to track your progress.

3. Reflect on what went right.
We’re evidence-based beings. If you adjust your focus to what you’re proud of, or what you did “right,” you’ll start to see two beautiful side-effects: First, you will begin to cue-in to similar experiences, and then, build confidence by reiterating your ability.

New York Times best-selling author Kris Carr has said, “It’s not about finding your voice, it’s about giving yourself permission to use your voice.” By taking care of yourself and celebrating your capabilities, you can connect to what is true for you, share that truth and operate above the noise.

If I could leave you with one last piece of advice that my own mentor shared with me recently, he said, “You do not have to compromise to be recognized.” Your voice is important and worthy of being heard.

Now that you know how to find your voice, watch the full video to learn how you can use it!

Monday, July 27, 2020

How to Set Up Invoice Approval Workflows in QuickBooks Online Advanced

With QuickBooks Online Advanced, you and your team can send invoices to customers at any time. 

Sometimes you want a little more control over when invoices are sent, especially when they’re for large amounts or sent to special customers. In QuickBooks Online Advanced, you can set up an invoice approval workflow so your team can create invoices and all your leads need to do is approve and send them off. Let's go over how to set up invoice approvals and what it looks like when an invoice needs to be approved.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Do We Need a Joint Bank Account? | Awkward Money Questions

Deciding whether or not to combine finances can be one of the biggest decisions couples face. Kimberly Palmer, personal finance expert at NerdWallet, explores the pros and cons of opening a joint bank account and gives couples tips for approaching the topic.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

What is Payroll? An Introduction to Payroll in 2020 | Presented by QuickBooks Payroll

CPA Tyler McBroom breaks down the essential components that go into keeping payroll, calculating payroll & processing payroll for your business.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Can I Retire Early? | Awkward Money Questions

Early retirement may sound like a dream, but it requires some sacrifices. Arielle O'Shea, NerdWallet's investing and retirement specialist, discusses investment strategies and considerations, the FIRE movement, why you should use retirement calculator and more.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

10 Expert Tips to Stay Payroll Compliant in 2020

Follow these expert tips to ensure your payroll records are organized, accurate, and compliant with all current payroll legislation.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

How to Create a Resilience Reset

The global pandemic has shifted the way we live and work. But now we have a unique resilience building opportunity.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

How to Set Up Sales Tax in QuickBooks Online

If you sell taxable products or services, QuickBooks helps you track how much sales tax to charge. If you use this feature, you should know how much you need to pay when you file your state and local sales tax. Let’s go over how to set up sales tax.

Monday, July 6, 2020

3 Things the Pandemic Taught Me About Planning

Am I writing this piece from my favorite neighborhood lunch spot? No, because it’s closed. Instead I am writing it from my New York City apartment bedroom. Am I writing this article while my kids are at school? No, because school is closed. Am I even a writer anymore? Probably not. I spend most of my time trying to teach writing, to my second- and third-grader, because now I am a homeschool teacher.

You felt it too, I know. March came in like a lion and devoured the lamb. Any plans you thought you had were canceled or postponed indefinitely. I remember stressing out because we had tickets to see Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick on Broadway but had three babysitters in a row cancel because their colleges sent them home early. How would we see the show?! Oh, nevermind, Broadway was canceled too.

And while every day, especially in New York City, is different… here are three things the pandemic taught me about planning.

Friday, July 3, 2020

How to Run Payroll & Set Up Direct Deposit in QuickBooks Online

This video will go over how to run a payroll using QuickBooks Online Payroll. We’ll also show you how to change an employee from a paper check to direct deposit.