I started a new business back in the summer of 2013. In the past within a previous business, I had bought and used some very costly MIS packages and accounts programs. Although they served their purpose, particularly in the case of the accounts programme, you almost had to be an accountant to understand and use it. I am a small businessman, not an accountant!
My business centres around the use of Mac and iOS products. Initially I began just to use spreadsheets to try to record sales and purchases within the company. It quickly became apparent that this would not cut it as the company began to grow.
Optima are an education and skills consultancy business working with clients nationally for fairly substantive projects.
We do not have many transactions per month and for the first 3 years of the business we used a manual entry spreadsheet which was then verified by our accountant. Although this method worked it was cumbersome and out of date. As the business grew and had more transactions we started to look at software solutions that would better meet our needs (rather than something that gave us functionality and pricing we didn't need). We found Easy Books through the Apple App Store and found the user interface suits our needs better than the other products we found.
Our Whippy Kiosks have been serving freshly made soft serve Ice Cream all over Australia for almost 50 year. Our Whippy vans cater for many public, private and corporate events, large and small. We serve a large area in Australia from our fleet of Ice Cream vans. We are up to the 3rd generation in our family running this "fun" business.
We have used a whole range of accounting packages but we could not find any that would suit our needs or within a reasonable budget.
Our vans are our stores. Just like stores they need to keep tab of expenses, sales and most importantly invoicing for clients (the majority of our business is catering for corporate events that will only pay on invoice).
Jayne Cormier and Tracy Starnes were struggling to find work and decided to start up a business that helps others get through the work week!
After having no luck finding work after they lost their jobs, Stow, Ohio residents Jayne Cormier and Tracy Starnes took matters into their own hands by taking on your matters.
"We tossed around a lot of ideas, and finally settled on the errand service because what we both had a lot of, was time, which is also kind of how we got our company name," said Cormier about the new company, Partners in Time, LLC. "It was Tracy's husband, Al, who suggested to Tracy to look into starting her own business with one of her friends."
“You’ve got my dream job.” It’s something I get told time and time again and, I guess it’s true. Working with Porsches every day isn’t a bad way of earning a living – I help people to buy and sell Porsches, and write about them for books and magazines. It beats having a proper job.
Of course, it’s not all glamour. Like any job I have my fair share of admin and headaches to deal with, but EasyBooks at least makes looking after the accounts simple and pleasurable.
It was 2011. My daughter had just started Irish dance here in the Salt Lake valley. We began to attend Irish dance competitions and she’d beg me for a souvenir t-shirt. With my wallet open, we’d go to Irish vendor after vendor looking for a dance t-shirt worth the $30+ price tag. Nothing. These tees had everything working against them. Outdated Irish dance artwork screened on cheap, shapeless t-shirts.
It was a tragedy that such a lively culture wasn’t able to sport better apparel.
“I’m not buying these shirts”, I said to my daughter. A few weeks later, I informed my husband I was going to start my own t-shirt company. He just stared at me.
During the summer of 2011 we were looking to start up a business that looked after dogs within a home environment. We ourselves were not prepared to put our four Labradors in alternative accommodation whilst away, and with our home being situated in a secure five acre garden, and of a size and layout that would be ideal to cater for guests we took the concept further. We wanted to promote ourselves as a professional business and purposely made the website and business post cards etc. smart portraying the correct image and attracting the right clientele. I had to ensure I had all documentation, licenses and insurances in place prior to launch and applied to the local council to ensure I had all the correct procedures in place.
I started Coach and Bobbin in 2011 to 'have a go' at a business. It started with some work I did as a groom for a friend and I added extra income to the pot when I sold some crafts and cakes I'd made, hence the name!
After I stopped the job, I wanted to use the money I'd made for something. But I really didn't know what. That's when I became a Phoenix Trader. I have not looked back.
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