Andrew Fraser (PR Consultant & Social Storyteller) and I had such a great morning connecting with a roomful of business owners, organizations, freelancers, and entrepreneurs who were ready to start thinking about their goals for 2020, reflect on their past year and get really clear on what their social storytelling will look like going into the next year.
I can tell you that I do not look (or feel!) this happy at a traditional networking event. I've been to so many of them, in different cities/towns/provinces, and have decided to create the kind of networking event I would be excited to go to...and I'm so happy to trusted my gut to go with it!
While I have enjoyed meeting new people and deepening connections with folks I already know in networking events, there is something about the very traditional networking event that often makes me cringe. I think it is in part due to the pressure to talk with as many people as we can, finding someone interesting to talk to and feeling worried about what you'll actually talk about when you do meet them (and let's be honest...how to leave a conversation that isn't filling you up!).
I'm so happy to share some insights and stories from the recent Money Mindset: Bookkeeping event that happened on a drizzly, cozy evening at the beginning of June.
About 40 people came together to connect with each other, have some food+drink and hear from our three panelists about all things money, how to make more of it (and feel good about it!) and the nitty gritty details of how to keep our books in order.
Katie Condon is a bookkeeper who specializes in small to medium-sized businesses including sole proprietors, incorporations, and non-profits. Meg Craig is a creative director and brand strategist who owns Skysail Brand and Hailey Thompson is the owner of Here no There, a home decor and gift shop in Mahone Bay.
Katie started the discussion off with the story of how she became a bookkeeper - from a stay at home mom to a successful business owner who empowers others to take control of their businesses by understanding their money and bookkeeping. She encouraged everyone to keep their personal and business separate - from the beginning, if possible - so that you have a very clear story of what money is coming and going. She also said to get an accountant that you can build a relationship with - someone who has your back and can advise you as your business grows.