Secrets of an organized supermom
My husband is an inventor with his own product design and development company, Gizmo Enterprises. At the same time that I was pregnant, he was awarded a very large contract for the development and integration of flight simulators and data collection systems into moving trucks.
While I was helping my husband, I still also was handling the tax and accounting needs of my clients. Everyone had my cell phone and I made sure to reply timely. At the accounting firm we have a web-based system where I can be anywhere in the world and log in, just as if I am at my desk. We also have converted from a traditional paper-based firm to a paper-less one, so everything is scanned and available in the computer.
When my husband increased his inventing time and I increased my days at the firm. I took all the skills and information learned with my husband and applied it to my clients. I now knew so much more about actually running a business – from insurance to human resources to what records actually exist to internal controls and production – than most CPAs will ever know from sitting on only one side of a desk.
I have learned to be flexible. I split my time and professional energy between Gizmo and FCT. When it is tax season, I scale back at Gizmo. When a big project is happening at Gizmo, I scale back at FCT.
I have learned first-hand about successfully bringing a product to market – all the way from the idea to patents and trademarks to production to distributors to store shelves and to winning national awards. I know about expanding a product line, negotiating leases and distributor agreements and much more.
I know that my husband’s company has benefited from my accounting skills and knowledge. I also know that my clients have benefited from what I have learned and lived as a business owner. I have risen in my accounting career working only part-time because I am constantly learning, growing, and expanding my capabilities and I share all of that with my clients.
What have I learned from balancing two different and demanding careers with a marriage and three kids –
*It is not easy, but it is definitely worth all the effort.
*Respond timely to phone calls and emails (even if it is only to say – “I’ll get to that later”).
*Be realistic about how much time each project will take so you don’t over-promise.
*Say no when you need to and stick to it.
*Delegate as much as you can and then follow up to make sure all was done.
*Communicate with your partners, staff and clients so they know what to expect and when.
*Give each task your full effort and then move on to the next one.
*Use technology to your advantage.
*Don’t waste time trying to make a situation work, move on.
*Believe in yourself and your abilities.