This past week I started teaching another QuickBooks class to a group of people who are handling the financial records for their respective business or nonprofit, and I have to stop and think why there aren’t more people trying to learn how they should be viewing their finances. Whether it’s starting a brand new chapter in your life or you’ve been toiling away for years, you never stop learning what’s important to keep you at the forefront of your industry.
1. Whether you choose to take a continuing education class at a local community college or a full-credit class at an area university, you can always find something that will help you learn something different about your business. I’ve always been a big proponent of live compared to on-line education, because you have the ability to ask questions of the instructor, learn from the people around you, and make that valuable networking connection.
2. Attending association events are key indicators to see if you’re keeping up with the latest information that’s happening in your industry. There’s a group for everyone in every type of business, and if there’s not one close to you, see about starting one of your own. People who work on presenting speakers are always looking to bring something different so their members will keep coming back for more learning opportunities.
3. Read, read, read!!! Whether it’s an industry-specific magazine or something such as Entrepreneur or Inc. magazines, you can find something that will be of interest and you can take away with you. There’s not a magazine that goes by me without tearing out a page and checking out a web site from an article to see if it’s potentially something that I can use for my own business.
4. Do a one-on-one with a colleague or business associate at least twice a month. This may not seem like education to you, but you have a chance to potentially pick someone’s brain about a problem or situation you’re having and get an outside person’s perspective. This can be or more benefit than anything else to you.
5. If your industry offers certification credentials, exploring obtaining everything you can get. When you are recognized in your business as being certified for the knowledge you possess, it sets you apart from everyone else in your area and people consider you an expert. It may take time and a little bit of extra money, but in the end it does pay off.
About Our Show Advisor: Dwayne Briscoe is the founder and owner of Bookkeeping-Results, LLC. Dwayne began his company in January 2007, based on the foundation to educate small business owners and bookkeepers who use QuickBooks®. Working as a full-charge bookkeeper and trainer in a variety of industries for over 15+ years, he is a certified Pro Advisor with 5 certifications, including Enterprise Solutions and Point of Sale. He is also an instructor at Brazosport College in Lake Jackson, where he teaches basic accounting, QuickBooks®, and basic payroll, along with hosting his own private classes.
Bookkeeping-Results, LLC has focused more on quality and not quantity for their clients, by paying attention to the details. Through regular continuing education participation, as well as exploring additional ways of “thinking outside of the box” to help expand people’s knowledge of their own financial well being, it’s important to focus on not only saving the client money but also making the client money.