Bookkeeping is like learning to drive

Learning to do bookkeeping is like learning to drive.

It was August 1979, when at the age of 19 I decided it was time to learn how to drive. Bumming rides and hopping the bus was getting old and mom refused to share her car!

After a bit of prodding and teasing I took my brother up on a quick driving lesson at the local high school. This “lesson” assured me that what I really needed was to invest in professional driving lessons!

You see, he decided that after a period of driving up and down the parking lot navigating the aisles (staying away from the parking spaces), it would be wise for him to teach me how to drive in circles and stop fast!! That turned out to be a bad idea.  As I picked up speed I panicked and ended up side swiping the yellow cement base of a light post.

OMG! My heart was beating out of my chest and my sweaty hands were gripping the steering wheel so tightly I swear I was leaving marks in the steering wheel.v. As soon as the car stopped moving, my thoughts when straight to how much trouble I was going to be in when we got home. I could just picture the look on mom’s face when she starts screaming her head off because I damaged her car. Even though we only lived across the street, the short drive seemed verrryyy long. What was I going to say?

As soon as we got home my brother jumped out of the card and placed himself strategically against the side of the car, hiding the dent i had made. Mom came out of the house, took one look at my brother, started grinning and asked him what happened. At that moment he slid himself away from the car wish his boyish grin when  mom laughed and said “at least I wasn’t the one who put the first dent in it.”.  That was NOT the reaction I was expecting, at all! (My brother had to fix it so the last laugh was on him, lol)

Bookkeeping Instructor

Right after that lesson I did a little research to compare cost and features of the driving schools in the area.  I decided on Young Drivers of Canada because they offered additional defensive driving in the cost of their program. Their tagline is “defensive driving becomes second nature.” I like that.

The cheapest was not an option. I am a firm believer that you get what you pay for. I wanted

I was relieved to find out that our first 2 classes were actually in the drive center. Not only did the review the rules of the road, they taught steps we needed to take to see others drivers, potential hazards and important points about cars.  Once we received these instructions, it was time to take us out on the road.

But not just yet! The instructor actually shared some very valuable information about the rear and side mirrors, what we could and could not see as we sat in the driver’s seat and how far we could see in front and behind us. He helped us to understand this last point by walking in front of the car and instructed us to tell him when we could see his feet. This was his example of how far we should be from the car in front of us.  We got out of the car and walked towards him so we could actually see the distance.

Each of these steps was important for us to know before we turned the key and began to drive. Then, of course, there were many lessons we received on the road.

As a “driving instructor” for entrepreneurs, the lessons I share are those important “must knows” so you, as entrepreneurs, can navigate your financial systems confidently and efficiently. My driving school begins with the “in class” teachings in the Bookkeeping Accountability Group found on Facebook.

Checking your rear view mirror lets you understand where you have been and what you need to take note of.

Adjusting your side mirrors is important to watch those blind spots as you are navigating the roads you are currently driving.

And of course, making sure your windshield is clean and your wipers are working properly so you can see ahead and navigate where you would like to go. Occasionally there is a little fog, but that always clears at some point.

Like driving a car, there are other important features you need to understand to ensure your journey isn’t too bumpy.  As I help you learn how to adjust your seat and mirrors, I have awesome colleagues to introduce you to  who will help you check under the hood (ensuring your business mindset works with you as you grow your business) and a GPS to help you navigate your journey to Succcessville.

Ready for some driving lessons and getting Focused? Invest in yourself and your business to get some intensive education, support and accountability.

I invite you to check out my new programs today!

 

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