I’m a disorganised mummy blogger – there I said it. Working from home is both a blessing and a curse, especially when you have children. The flexibility that comes with working from home is great, but it can also result in unnecessarily taking time off, such as cancelling childcare because she is a little under the weather, or because she was sick once twelve hours ago. Whilst it is great that I can take a day off work to clean the house when a potential buyer wants to come and view it, the five viewings last week have resulted in me falling extremely behind.
I’m behind on everything. I’m behind on day to day admin, all the background stuff that goes into running and boosting your site in the rankings and just general housekeeping, I dread to think what kind of state it is all in as I haven’t looked at any of it for such a long time.
I’m behind on reviews. The problem is that I don’t like to just ‘bash’ reviews out, I like to thoroughly trial any item before recommended it for my readers sake, I strive to take the perfect photos for both the sake of my blog and the PR companies.
I’m behind on replying to emails. I like to try and reply to emails straight away, I worry that if I don’t I may well miss that perfect op. My problem is that I mentally respond, and then Aria interrupts me, then a week later I realise that I still haven’t actually responded. I also have this same problem with messages from friends.
Don’t even get me started on my accounts. I assumed that when I started blogging for a living I would have plenty of time to devote to all the boring jobs as well as the fun parts of blogging. My accounts haven’t been touched for a very long time. I like to get my accounts in as soon after the tax year ends as possible, purely because I know that I will forget about them if I don’t. This means that I need to get my accounts into some kind of reasonable order very soon. While there isn’t much that I can do about any of the other issues, (well, I could hire a VA but I’m not actually busy enough to justify that, I just need to organise my time more efficiently), there is something that I can do about my accounting and general organisation issues.
I’m looking into starting a free trail of Xero to solve my accounting woes. Xero, Britain’s leading online accounting software, allows you to run your business on the go, easily send and track invoices (even down to letting you know when they are opened) and reconcile your accounts in seconds. The great news is that they offer a 30 day free trial which means that I can find out if it really does work for me before committing to it.
With a business performance dashboard, contacts and smart lists I really am hoping that Xero could give me the organisational help that I need for a super low fee.
If, like me, you are looking to get organised this coming financial year sign up for a 30 day free trial of Xero.