less complications. Whether you consider yourself a “more” or “less” person, it’s all perspective and the level of energy you are willing to invest in order to live aligned with your values.
We believe at KREA setting financial goals gives you a clear direction in achieving your goals or a guide as to how you are tracking. Goal setting sets you up for success. Without goals you will lack focus and direction. Goal setting also allows you to take control of your businesses direction and measure and track your timeline to success. To accomplish your goals, you need to know how to set them. Careful consideration is a process of goal setting that will help achieve your goals. We have put together steps to help you formulate your goals.
1. Set goals that MOTIVATE you!
- Motivation is key to achieving your goals. Set goals that reflect the priorities of you and your business. Limit your goals so that you can be intentional with your time to achieving your goals setting you up for success.
2. Set SMART goals!
- SMART stands for Specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timebound. Request a copy of our template by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We have full details outlining how to complete the SMART goal setting.
3. Set goals with a visual outlook!
- This can be done in a writing document format or a creative visual board. This is the physical act that makes it real and come alive within you. REGISTER FOR OUR VISION BOARD SETTING WORKSHOP.
4. Make an action plan!
- Action plans are small lists of tasks that you need to complete to achieve your goal.
1. Identify tasks that you need to complete you goal.
2. Analyse and delegate tasks.
3. Double check with SCHEMES
- SCHEMES stands for - Space, Cash, Helpers/People, Equipment, Materials, Expertise and Systems.
- Once you have completed your plan, keep it handy to update and make changes.
You are more likely to be successful if you have a process that aligns your goals with the steps necessary to arrive. There are multiple factors that you cannot control, such as interest rates, economic cycles, stock market reactions and world events. Determine what you need ‘more of and what you need “less” of. Create a process to support your dreams and live more fully in the moment with less stress.
Leah Donaldson, passionate to empower small business managers to understand the numbers.
Our brand line is “Cultivating financial CONFIDENCE.” As an entrepreneur for over 20 years I stepped into the Accounting Industry from being a creative. I had experience in business and 2 years of study and achieved a Postgraduate diploma in Professional Accounting while battling with Dyslexia. My CONFIDENCE lacked, stepping into a new Industry and with not having the accounting status of CA, CPA, CIMA and the like. I did not agree with the current behaviour and way the Accounting industry was operating and doubted what I wanted to achieve for business owners. So I set out to help small business owners understand their finances, to be able to make well informed business decisions, in a language they needed to understand, not how an accountant has been trained. So, you may ask, how did you build your CONFIDENCE. I have a faith, and, in the word, it states: Trust in the lord, do not lean on your own understanding. So, I did, I was led by faith and not by sight or by what the Accounting industry were doing and saying.
As I started to help more and more businesses with ensuring their financial system was set up and the daily transactions were processed to the right chart of account, people were inspired and confident with understanding their finances and were able to make well informed business decision, being one step closer in achieving their goals. This in turn, gave me CONFIDENCE and belief in myself, that my approach in helping businesses to understand their finances and manage the day to day well, is setting them up to SUCCEED.
In building CONFIDENCE within understanding your business finances we developed C.O.I.N TRAINING modules, offering a range of session times through webinar or 1 on 1 virtual meetings. C.O.I.N stands for Confidence – Outcome – Insight – Net Profit. We understand what accountants need, to ensure that your end of year financial statements have all the information required to comply with tax legislation. Our C.O.I.N training Modules will help you to gain confidence and understanding to maintain the day to day maintenance of your financial software system.
Confidence creates understanding
Outcomes are created by processing the information correctly
Insight creates learning
Net Profit is created by connecting, learning, processing and understanding
C.O.I.N is created and that is what we need to have our business wheels move.
The best way to ensure a balanced sense of CONFIDENCE is to assess oneself reasonably. CONFIDENCE that’s based firmly on what one knows may not only be a better guide than inflated CONFIDENCE; studies suggest it’s also more likely to earn the faith of others. Projecting CONFIDENCE will gain credibility and help but others to ease. I pray that your belief in yourself will project CONFIDENCE within you and humbly show others how to SUCCEED with their CONFIDENCE.
The channel is the medium by which a message is sent, like a phone, text, email, this blog or a face to face conversation. The nature of effective communication is cyclical, in that a sender and receiver may exchange messages several times to achieve a mutual understanding.
Feedback is so important to determine whether the receiver correctly interpreted the message to avoid communication breakdown. Without feedback the communication cycle is incomplete. Effective communication involves both the transference and the mutual understanding of information.
Listening involves the skill of grasping both facts and feelings to interpret a message’s genuine meaning. Only then can the receiver provide the appropriate response. Listening requires attention, energy and skill. Although about 75% of effective communication is listening, most people spend only 30-40% of their time listening, which leads to many communication errors. Listening is a vital link in the communication process, shown in the model of communication. A good listener finds areas of interest, is flexible, works hard at listening and uses thought speed to mentally summarize. Good listening means shifting from thinking about self to empathizing with the other person.
TEN KEYS TO EFFECTIVE LISTENING
research we agree that using her study of the analogy P.O.D, will provide a strategy to assist with being adaptable. In this case we use a dolphin POD as an example, which is a group of dolphins. Dolphins are social creatures and they group in PODS (also called schools) of up to a dozen individuals for mating, hunting and protecting each other. Sometimes PODS join temporarily in places with an abundance of food forming a super pod, but it is not for a long time. However, we break down the acronym of P.O.D method as follows;
P – Stands for PLAY
Play is to engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose. Playing without rules brings excitement and fun. Play activates the frontal part of your brain, which is how we adapt. The frontal lobe is the part of the brain that controls important cognitive skills in humans, such as emotional expression, problem solving, memory, language, judgment, and sexual behaviours. It is the “control panel” of our personality and our ability to communicate allowing as to express freely.
O – Stands for OTHERS
Others is why we adapt. Social connection is the basic of life. Others is used to refer to a person or thing that is different or distinct from one already mentioned or known about. Your connection beyond yourself is why we change. Social connection improves physical health and mental and emotional well-being. Human beings are inherently social creatures. Social groups provide us with an important part of our identity, and more than that, they teach us a set of skills that help us to live our lives.
D – Stands for DOWNTIME
Downtime are moments of breakthrough. Downtime is important for your thinking to change, which will start you to believe in your financial success. Downtime can dramatically improve mental and physical health and our personal relationships.
POD is how we ADAPT, ADAPTING is how we survive
“What’s the difference between a bookkeeper, accountant and a financial strategist? When do I use one over the other?
A bookkeeper is required to keep records of its business transactions into an accounting system like Xero. These transactions include sales, purchases, payroll, collection of accounts receivable, payment of bills, bank reconciliations, and travel receipts. To be good at their job, at a minimum, they must have a basic understanding of accounting terms and your industry, be very organized and conscientious, and consistently meet deadlines. Timing is everything to a small business owner: they need their bills paid on time, invoices sent in a timely manner, money collected on time, and employees paid on time. A bookkeeper may or may not have a degree in accounting. Most small business owners lack the time or the skills to do their own bookkeeping, so they hire someone or use the services of a bookkeeping firm.
An accountant often provides expertise in two areas: financial reporting and income tax planning and preparation. For financial reporting, accountants will store, review, summarize, and present the financial information in various reports for analysis. They may also work with the business owner to create an annual budget. Once the fiscal year is closed, they may also prepare and file income taxes on behalf of the business owner as well as provide tax planning for future years. Unlike a bookkeeper, an accountant should be degreed with at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting. A good accountant will be knowledgeable, responsive, and have great communication skills, especially in explaining what the numbers mean in a way the business owner understands.
Where the bookkeeper and accountant create and provide historical financial information, a financial strategist helps the business owner understand the numbers. The financial strategist uses this financial information and other information to look ahead, collaborating with the business owner on the future growth and profitability of the business. A financial strategist analyzes financial data to understand what the business is currently experiencing but more importantly to make credible recommendations on the financial actions an owner needs to take to reach his or her future goals. They often focuses on cash flow (where’s the money coming and going), profit margins (how much is being made on products and services), labor utilization (percent of billable hours), inventory and accounts receivable turnover (how quickly are you getting your money back), etc. A good financial strategist listens and collaborates with the business owner on the owner’s growth and profitability goals, then provides the financial analysis and recommendations to make it a reality.
As you can see, bookkeepers, accountants and financial strategists all provide unique, critical accounting and financial expertise that all small business owners need. Where small business owners get in trouble is when they try to use a bookkeeper as an financial accountant, a financial accountant as a financial strategist, etc. At KREA Group, we completely understand this, so that’s why we provide services to assist you with understanding your business needs.
Choosing the right Accountant for your business!
An Introduction to Accounting
What is Accounting?
The Primary role of accounting is to provide reliable and relevant financial information for decision making. Accounting has been around for centuries and has developed significantly since its humble beginnings in ancient times when scribes recorded simple agreements between parties, and other information, on clay tablets. Today almost every person engages in business transactions in relation to the financial aspects of life such as purchasing products and paying bills. This means that accounting plays a significant part in society.
Accounting is “The language of business. It is a public means of communication where information flows from one party to another. For information to be effective it must be understood. Accounting, like many other professions, has its own terminology or jargon which is unique to the profession and can have alternative meanings in different context. Accounting Terms, concepts and symbols are used to provide financial information to a variety of users including managers, shareholders and employees.
The Accounting Process
Accounting is the process of identifying measuring, recording and communicating the economic transactions and events of a business operation.
Bookkeeping forms the foundation of the activities underlying accounting and these processes today extend far beyond preparing accounting records.
Diverse Roles of Accountants
Internal Users of accounting information are Managers who plan, organise and run the business. They do not need to rely on general purpose financial reports as they can obtain the financial information they need internally. EG: Directors, Supervisors and Managers.
External Users are resource providers and have an interest in financial information about the three main types of activities, financing, investing and operating.
WHAT IS THE ART OF MONEY?
Let’s talk, the art of Money, Is about sharing our views and opinions on talking about money. This is a judgement free space and everyone’s opinion matters.
WHY TALKING IS IMPORTANT?
Talking out loud about what’s going on in your head and explaining it to someone else, even if you think it doesn’t make sense, helps you to clarify the things that are worrying you. Saying things out loud, often makes them less scary, and at least by having to sort through your feelings you know a bit more about what you’re dealing with. Keeping things inside only lets them build up and can get confusing.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON TALKING ABOUT MONEY?
As a family of 4, been brought up by our mum solo, we never spoke about money. However, “we were told how little we did not have and that we could not afford things.” This created a drive and determination in me to provide and money became a worry, fear and a concern that I will never have enough. Please know, that this in no way, any fault of my Mum's. We only know what we know. I was consumed by a poverty thinking that drove a subtle hunger to have money. Little did I know, that, that kind of thinking was the very issue that lead me down the path of financial hardship.
WHAT TALKING ABOUT MONEY DID?
“I now view money as a tool that can extend the well being of a situation and I am merely just a manager of the money. After 8 years of trying to understand why I went through financial hardship, it was the slow strangulation of holding onto what was mine. Is Money my priority, NO, not now, but I needed to journey a self discovery thinking of how I viewed money and why we don’t talk about money.
THE ART OF MONEY is to make a difference in the world by sharing what little I may know that has made a difference in my life.
I will every month create conversations that will be a safe space to release concerns and information about money, finances, investments and time. We believe understanding brings confidence, creating financial pathways, that will order and achieve your goals.
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