Every business has certain integral pillars that keep it functional. One of those is cash-flow. Now it is no secret to myself, nor those I work with that I’m absolutely terrible at admin. Absolutely horrible. If there were an award for worst accounts admin, I’d win it without question. Yet this isn’t exactly something I feel is worth bragging about. The furthest from it. Especially since I am a small business owner that runs & maintains 80% of my business myself. So this got me thinking: How can I improve my methods for quoting, invoicing & following up on payments & general business accounts?
Some reading online & furious googling led me to a variety of solutions. From “get a secretary” to “prioritize your time better”. While these were good options, I wanted something that would help me immediately. I then stumbled upon an article which was about productivity for businesses. One of the things they mentioned was using apps to help with previously menial tasks, like invoicing & quoting. This was right up my alley! While not something that was going to revolutionize my business administration, it did offer a way to spend less time doing something I already hate doing.
Invoice2go was my solution! I could now do invoicing, quoting & reports all in-app & on my iPad. I didn’t need to get back to the studio anymore to sit down & haunch over the computer working them out. Anywhere I was, I’m able to put these documents together & email them off instantly. You can get the app for your iPad or iPhone here. Or check out their website for a PC/MAC version.
I’d love to hear what you as a small business owner do to keep your cash-flow flowing. Please leave your methods or comments below & help share some good business practice with all of us!