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Business is hard-Lessons from the Kickstart Accounting, Inc Part 3

We get asked all the time how we have made our partnership work over the last 5 years. We know like any other relationship it takes so much hard work to make a good partnership work. Again it’s hard and just like getting in shape you need to put in the hard work to get the results you want and need. Here are our lessons we have learned:

How to work with a partner so that you succeed:

  1. Communicate!

  2. Determine who likes to do what and who is good at doing those tasks. For instance Danielle enjoys building the internal processes of the business so she has created the systems and processes.

  3. Communicate regularly. Decide up front what schedule you will do your planning sessions. Pick up the phone. We all know how hard it is to read the tone in emails and texts and this is a relationship that you need to prioritize.

  4. Put everything in writing. We joke all the time neither of us are married so the only prenup we have is with each other

  5. If you make a mistake, own it

  6. Don’t take life so serious. Danielle is so intense that Lindsay is the perfect balance. Remember you need to have fun, what’s your why? Why are you doing this?

Business is Hard-Lessons from the Kickstart Accounting, Inc Team Part 2

This whole running a business thing is really hard, we know! We were recently on a podcast (profit by design-a must listen!) and we realized that there are so many lessons that we have learned that we want to share with our clients and entrepreneur community. Here are a few helpful hints from our team to yours:

Contributed to our growth

  1. Picking the right talent

  2. Surround yourself with people who bring you up and support your dreams.

  3. Work hard and stop looking for short-cuts. No this does not mean efficiency just short cuts. We have been really strategic to put systems and processes in place so that when we work hard we work smart.

  4. Sales and referrals-We were so scared when we started that we didn’t charge enough, we didn’t collect past due invoices quick enough and we didn’t ask for clients to refer us. As you grow in your business become more confident in the way you do business. You and your product are worth every penny that customer is going to pay you so charge enough to make a profit and ask for the sale.

  5. Celebrate! As business owners we are always focusing on what needs to be done and what can be done better. Focus on what went well for the company and your team and watch how it changes your culture.