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Would you turn your hobby into a business?

One hobby of mine is making jewellery. To create something beautiful out of random materials makes me so happy. Nothing brings me so much joy than seeing friends and family appreciate gifts I made for them myself. I made a necklace and bracelet set for a friend’s daughter 3 years ago and I’m told it’s one of her favourite pieces of jewellery and is stored in the “special” jewellery box. Another is sewing and quite often I make clothes for myself.…

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School Holidays and the Working Mum

When you run a business from home, nothing screws up your routine like school holidays. The constant need for the Meatball to be entertained, fed and supervised makes me appreciate the reliability of our regular routine when school is on. I dread the Easter holidays even more than usual though. With the Meatball’s, his best friend’s and my father in law’s birthdays and the Easter long weekend all happening in those 2 ever so short weeks, they create the perfect…

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Finding a Mentor

      My second baby will be 2 years old this March 15. Back in 2010, that was when I issued my first invoice for my business. Shortly after, I resigned from part time work to concentrate on Vixen Business Solutions full time. In my first year, the excitement of a start-up, finding my own clients, dictating my hours and thus, my income carried me through. The saying that the first year in business is the hardest (or is…

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You Learn Some Hard Lessons in Small Business

Since coming up with the idea of starting my own bookkeeping business in November 2009 and commencing in March of 2010, it has given me so much. Maturity, independence, perspective, patience and improved our finances. Most importantly, it’s given me the time and flexibility to be around for my son as he grows up. But while I am always grateful that I’ve been given this opportunity to take my destiny into my own hands, it’s not always a smooth experience.…

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The Importance of Financial Reports

In order to be aware of how well/bad your business is doing, as a business owner you need to be able to understand your financial reports and what they represent. It doesn’t do to just keep trading and hope for the best. One of my former clients was a family run business. The wife handled the office administration while the husband ran the operations. She could never understand why their business always struggling financially. She knew that there was something…

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