By saying “Us”, we mean “Us” – You and Me. Chances are, there are many similarities between us that can help us relate to each other. Similarities such as a passion to do something with a purpose, finding your true calling in what you were placed here for, and being someone who makes dreams happen.
Of course, there are always differences to consider, so let’s start with that list since it’s much shorter.
I love accounting. You probably don’t. Entering and tracking financial transactions is fun to me, where you might put it off until the next day, then the next…then the next, and before you know it, you’re a month behind in your bookkeeping tasks. I get a huge rush of satisfaction when the numbers on the balance sheet are in balance, whereas you probably don’t feel that way, ever. Analyzing financial statements is exciting to me, but you’d rather put those down and go do something else entirely. I think you can start to see the pattern here - For all things bookkeeping and accounting, I love doing it. You don’t. But that’s perfectly fine, because that is what led you here to find Bōdhi Books.
Now let’s talk about the Similarities between Us.
As a small business owner, chances are you started your business from a burning passion to do something more. A passion to offer that one thing to the world because it was missing from the marketplace. A passion to apply everything you know for the people who need it the most - A passion to help and serve others. A passion to prove that you can do this and make it happen, despite how hard it would sometimes be. Even though a chance of failure could be possible, you always keep in mind that the chance of success is what makes it all worth it. And as time went on, fulfilling that passion became something you could no longer allow to be a passing thought in your mind. It was finally time to do something about it and open your own business.
For me, it was all these things too. I wanted to do work with meaning. With a purpose. I wanted to help and serve others who needed help. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do this – that I have what it takes to bring a great idea to the world, and turn that idea into a business I only dreamed about. It was finally time to take all those ideas and turn them into Bōdhi Books.
Our True Callings
You may have found yourself working in a cubical, or some other type of office setting, sitting there thinking there had to be more to life than this. There had to be something more you could offer the world, something that actually made your soul feel good, and could be a benefit to everyone who needed it. From this standpoint, you ventured out on your own, to take that risk, that leap of faith, and started your own business. You may be one of those who started their business as a side venture, while still hustling your other job until your real passion, your own business, takes off.
This is exactly how it was for me for the past several years. I knew there was something more to life than reporting to a job that didn’t feed my soul. I knew there was something else I could be doing to actually help people. Through many weeks of contemplation and soul searching, I found my true calling in accounting. I have always loved math - I love numbers and formulas, but I know a lot of people who don’t love math. They don’t love accounting like I do. They don’t even like accounting. They’d rather be doing anything else, than look at accounting or trying to solve problems with their books.
Making the Dream Happen
You have probably learned by now that starting your own business isn’t the easiest thing you’ve ever done in your life. Running your own business is hard work. You hustle hard everyday to get everything done. You work late nights, early mornings, and every weekend. You sacrifice time with your family and relationships to put the time toward making your business successful. After a while, you start to feel burn-out from all of this. And after reality sets in, you might find that recognizing your passion and true calling are buried amongst the daily chores of operating your business. Sure, your passion and true calling are still alive and well, but you just don’t get to focus on those as much as you’d like, due to everything that needs to be done each and every day. As a small business owner, you’re most likely a one-person show, doing everything to keep your business running smoothly. You’re a marketer, an advertiser, a social media guru, a bookkeeper, an accountant, a manager, a web designer, the purchaser, the seller, the customer service and customer relations…in a nutshell, you’re the entire staff, all rolled up into one person, who makes everything happen for your business. You’ve most likely come to that point where you’re ready to admit you might need some help now, and start hiring others to ensure the successful growth for your company, and your sanity.
Yes, I’m there too. I know exactly what it’s like to hustle to make things happen. To work into the night and spend every weekend on the business. To get people interested. To get people to notice what you have to offer. It takes a significant amount of time and resources to do everything that needs to be done. But the great thing about finding me, is that I’m here to take the bookkeeping away from you to free you of that daily chore and frustration. I can help you manage your finances, help you understand your financial position and offer guidance on what to change or do differently to meet your financial goals and make your day-to-day operations go a little more smoothly. I’m basically your finance and accounting team, and I’m here to help you by giving you more time to get your life back.
The bottom line is we’re not meant to do everything on our own. We can do the parts that we’re the best at doing, and find those who excel at the other parts and have them do those for us. It’s the way all successful businesses work – when you look around, offices, stores, shops, these are all built from teams, with everyone doing their part to make everything run as smoothly as it can run. Let me do my part to help your business run.
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Welcome to Bōdhi Books.
I'm Rob. I hold a 4-year accounting degree and have spent 15-years of my career in the fields of financial accounting and auditing. This next chapter is dedicated to taking all I've learned from my experiences in accounting and applying it to your business to make your bookkeeping effortless and to help your business soar. Offering sound business advice, professionalism and clean, balanced books that are always ready for financial discussions and tax preparations will assure your business is always one step ahead and ready for anything.
I'm here to help you get your life back while you get more time to get rebalanced with other important areas of your life and relationships, and to allow that feeling of freedom you had before becoming a business owner.