New Year Resolution #3:
Better Money Management
This series is all about the top New Year Resolutions. One of those is “Get Organized”. Have you ever made this resolution? How did it go? Did you do a “crash & burn” weekend on Jan. 2nd and everything was back to the way it was by Jan. 10th? Try using organization as a tool for whatever change you desire. You may surprise yourself!
Procrastinating won’t improve matters.
My husband is a great teacher. When we were first married, he taught me how to think about managing money in a new way. I used to hide my eyes, bury my head and pretend things weren’t happening. It didn’t work. Knowledge and keeping your eyes open is power, baby. The first way to improve your money management is to keep your eyes open, and use the right tools.
Sometimes good intentions aren’t good enough.
I love technology and useful gadgets. So, on the advice of a friend, I started using a well known financial register software, and I was frustrated. I couldn’t get it to do what I wanted, and messed it up so badly that I finally broke down and called in an accountant to help me sort it out. Let’s just say she was a little confounded as well. At that point, she strongly recommended I start using Quickbooks.
Get help and do it right.
A few months later, I called her back to help me understand how to customize Quickbooks for my business. She set some things up for me and left me with a “maintenance” tasks. I now look FORWARD to doing my bookkeeping. Crazy, right?
If your resolution is to stick to a budget, get out of debt or keep better track of your finances, go for it! Here’s how to get started:
1. Open your eyes to the reality of your situation
2. Get help if you need it
3. Get and use the right tools
4. Set up a simple system to make it easy on yourself
How are you going to better manage your money this year?
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