Stay In Your Lane

Stay In Your Lane

When you are driving down the highway, what is your focus?  Is it the car next to you?  I'll take a guess and say "no."  What's most important to you is where you are going and getting there on time.  When a car passes by or moves in front, you aren't the least bit phased by it.  You know why?  You've already decided what you want and have set your intentions likewise.

 
Deciding what you want
 
Deciding what you want and why you want it is important.  Given that those most drawn to this type of website are folks looking for administrative support or bookkeeping services, factors like costs and reliability are the focus. As well they should be.  You want the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your paperwork is being handled efficiently and sufficiently without having to break the bank to do it.  I get it.  Though the need is the same for most, the rules are changing in how to get there.
 
Small businesses are becoming more mobile.  No longer is the business tied to a brick and mortar structure.  CEOs and managers are making millions of dollars from their dining room tables, securing clients at the local Starbucks and competing in global markets.  You have to decide what you want based on how your company does business and what would assist you in doing business most effectively.  I provided services to a client whose business was home-based.  Add to that, his employees were all in other states.  Yet, he was stuck in a traditional belief that having me sit behind a desk in his home was the best way for me to render services.  It wasn't long before it became clear that my providing virtual services was more suited.
 
He discovered that staying in his lane was to embrace what was best for business.
 
Setting your intentions
 
Like the person driving from Point A to Point B and my client mentioned above, you have to predetermine the route that is most suited.  If you are driving at night, printing directions from Mapquest or Google might not be as suitable as using the navigational system on your cell phone.  Key to setting your intention is taking stock of your resources and choosing what will most effectively aid in your arrival.  One of the ways we aid in our arrival is maintenance.  We can't just put gas in the car, accelerate and drive.  Behind the scenes, we have to get oil changes, rotate tires and renew license plates.  Business is the same.
 
I was very resistant to upgrading my cell phone.  When folks showed me all the wonderful things they could do with their cell phone, I replied, "All I want to do is talk." What I failed to understand was the world of work was changing every day all day at break-neck speed. It wasn't until I made the mistake of leaving my cell on the roof of my car, hit the accelerator and it spun off into God knows where that I became aware of this very thing.  I couldn't purchase a phone where all I could do was talk. The new phones had been constructed in such a way that I was going to get additional functions like it or not.  Now, I don't know how I was effective without it.
 
Part of staying in your lane is upgrading.  You have to consider the times and upgrade. Merely throwing receipts into a shoe box all year, then taking those disorganized and unkempt records to your local tax preparer's office at tax season no longer makes sense or cents.   Time is money.  You are paying much more to the tax preparer or CPA who has to sort through all your stuff when it could save money to simply hire someone to maintain your records all year long.
 
To find out more about how Odyssey can help, contact us at info@odysseyadministrativeservices.com.    Give us your paperwork now, save money later.

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