Today I Am Grateful

Today. Started off a normal, typical, Thursday, day off from work, no sleep,kid up sick throughout the night, kids dropped at school, baby #3 and I off to food shop.Such a non event.
Food purchased, grabbed a coffee(for breakfast), all the while baby # 3 screaming his guts out when I said NO to any and everything he wanted to grab and smash. I’ve had a tough few weeks. The screaming made me want to give him up for adoption then and there! Kidding…sort of. Patience and care factor was nearly non-existent.

I have had some challenges with my business the past few weeks, they have had a big BIG impact on me personally, I continued to think to myself ‘I don’t want to go home to the office and face this BS again’. So I continued to wonder the shopping centre..procrastinating and feeling sorry for myself. A fellow bookkeeper contacted me about her current client being completely neglectful of her and taking her for granted. (I know how valuable she is) That made me even more….ugggh! Why? why WHY?

I had almost done my full lonely lap of the shops, when I came across a lonely old table, and a middle aged gentlemen sitting behind it. As I walked past I noticed they were selling Merchandise for the Vietnam Vets. I got my purse out and immediately purchased a pin and a pen! Of course – always happy to help out.

I began chatting with this gentlemen,Glen, the VET, and automatically baby#3 went completely quiet. We started chatting about how long the stall would be here for, what branch they were from blah blah. He then started explaining the meaning behind a few of the badges and the fact that they can only fundraiser like this for 2 weeks out of a full year!

My lip started quivering, my eyes started warning me that they were about to release the flood! Glen continued to tell me how he was involved, how he has had 8 major surgeries on his arms and legs from driving over land mines in a bobcat. I’m sorry…whaaaat? He then went into detail about his mates injured, his family effected, the countless number of wounded and killed – of course, none of this is new to us. However!

Here I am, feeling sorry for myself because I lost a few clients, I am exhausted, my kids are sick, and my husband is away, working …on a bob cat!
The guilt that came over me, the quick shove back down to reality and smarten up all slapped me in the face at once!
Bang…roll on the tears.  He gave me a hug, I returned the gesture, Apologised, and escaped as quickly as possible to hide and wipe my face! what a sook…but it hit me hard.

We are here, able to work, freely because of these people, their sacrifices, their struggles.All service men and women. How quickly we forget.
Yes we all have our own struggles, but we are only publicly reminded once or twice a year about what these people did and do for us.

So, lesson learnt from today. When there is a black fog hanging over your head and you question the WHY, not just in business but life in general. Look around you, remember the past and ground yourself. Life isn’t so bad, it could be much much worse. Make the most of it.

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Xero Add Ons


Add ons to Xero

There are a number of add-ons to enhance your Xero experience. Xero add-ons allow you to manage all aspects of your business through application integration. Below is a list of a few of the add-ons available.


WorkflowMax allows you and your staff to track time, manage jobs, create quotes, purchase orders and invoices. Using the advanced reporting, you can measure how productive your team is, whether you’re on schedule and more importantly how much money you are making on each job.

Receipt Bank

Receipt Bank converts those annoying bits of paper – receipts and invoices – into Xero data.


Vend is point-of-sale software. Vend is online, like Xero, so there is nothing to install and you can use it on almost any computer.

Unleashed Software

Unleashed provides online inventory software for Xero, allowing accurate costs, margins and stock control.


Simple time tracking, powerful reporting, and quick invoicing.


OneSaas connectors allow you to integrate Xero with a growing range of other specialised online software to manage all aspects of your business.

Capsule CRM

A simple online CRM used by thousands of businesses worldwide. Capsule integrates seamlessly with Xero to provide a complete picture of your customers.


Shoeboxed transforms your piles of paper receipts into payables invoices in Xero by using reply paid envelopes or your mobile phone.


Incredibly simple quoting. Your customer will love the one-click quote acceptance. You’ll love the Xero invoice created perfectly when it’s accepted!


Comprehensive software tool for Electrical, Plumbing, Security, Heat Pump, HVAC, Service and Blue Collar Industrial Contracting Businesses: 1-100 staff.


Online job management for businesses with mobile workers. Features real time job sheets, live job scheduling, GPS tracking, quoting, invoicing and more


Management reporting and financial analysis tool that helps you to assess performance, monitor trends and identify improvement opportunities.

NEED Help?

If you are new to Xero or would like to know more about the Add-ons that might suit your business, let me know!
Email me for more information

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Expensify – “Expense reports that don’t suck”

Expensify – “Expense reports that don’t suck”.

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Expensify – “Expense reports that don’t suck”

Expensify Logo

In Expensify’s own words “they are expense reports that don’t suck”. Expensify helps you track and categorise expenses. You simply signup for an account on the web, and then you use the web interface to enter expenses, organise expenses, and fill-out expense reports for company reimbursements.

Expensify provides a mobile app that you download to your iPhone, Android or BlackBerry device – this is where I found Expensify shine. You use the mobile app to enter, categorise and make notes about expenses using your phone. You can also use your phone to take pictures of the receipts that you attach to your expenses to upload to your account.

In addition to basic expense tracking, there are some other cool features of Expensify, including:

  • Upload Receipts: You can take pictures of receipts with the app on your phone, upload them to your account, and then associate them with the proper expense.
  • Attach email receipts: If you get a receipt through email, you can forward it to your Expensify account, create an entry for it, and then link the emailed receipt to the expense.
  • Track mileage expenses: You can enter mileage expenses into Expensify as well. It has a mapping feature that lets you put in destination points and the miles are calculated automatically. You can change word miles to kilometers, as Expensify can calculate both.
  • Chart and graph expenses: Track expenses by type, vendor, over time and more.
  • Import expenses from a credit card: If you use a credit card for your business expenses, you can automatically import the entries into Expensify.
  • Free for personal use: Arguably the best feature! There is no charge to use the tool to track personal expenses.

I’m sure there’s more, as I’m still learning the tool. If anyone has anymore tips, please leave them in the comments below!

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Accountants Vs Bookkeepers

Recently I was feeling rather generous and made a post on Facebook.

‘So I’m feeling happy and generous today …. anyone got some burning bookkeeping question’s they would like answered??’

The questions that resulted from this post was a result of this misconception of Bookkeepers Versus Accountants. Now, Don’t get me wrong, I am an Accountant, but I am not a tax accountant, nor am I operating as one.

Many individuals mistakenly consider bookkeeping and accounting to be the same thing. This confusion is understandable because the accounting process includes the bookkeeping function, but this is just one part of the accounting process.

The bookkeeper is responsible for ensuring all transactions are recorded in the correct way, suppliers ledger, customer ledger and general ledger. Image

The Accountant creates reports from the recorded financial transactions recorded by the bookkeeper and files forms and liaise with government agencies. They also provide you and your business with fundamental advice, hopefully, throughout the year, if not at the end of the financial year, to help grow your business.

There is obviously a cross over between the bookkeeping and accounting role, such as general knowledge as to what you can claim, if you are using a registered BAS agent, they may know the answers, but not always. So be very careful as to who you rely on for solid advice and reliable reporting.

If you are yet to find yourself a great Bookkeeper or Accountant, I do recommend you contact us at JLH!

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at

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Top 5 Tips to be ready for EOFY!


  1. FILING! Set up a filing system that works for you. It might be filing in alphabetical order, or date order of when they expenses or sales were paid etc. That way it will be easier for you when you start entering all your data into your accounting software. Remember the ATO require you to keep all records for 5 years.
  2. PAY YOUR BILLS! Pay as many bills as you can, including Superannuation, for your employees and yourself, otherwise you will have to wait at least another 12 months before you can receive the deduction. It would also be wise to prepay any insurance or memberships, so you can claim it in this financial year.
  3. BANK RECONCILITIONS! Bank and Credit Card reconciliations are one of the most important things you need to do at the EOFY if not throughout the year. Failing to reconcile your bank accounts can mean you miss transactions that can be critical to the bottom line of your business. Although it is rare these days! People still use cash to pay for expenses. Make sure you keep the receipts and reconcile your cash to make sure you claim as much as you can.
  4. WHAT CAN YOU CLAIM!  Shoot off an email to your accountant and find out what you can claim – in particular, find out if you are eligible for things like the Entrepreneur’s Tax Offset(businesses with income under $75000 may be eligible), the Education tax refund  or medical costs.
  5. MEET WITH YOUR ACCOUNTANT!   It is important to talk to your accountant about what you can claim and to plan for the next financial year, but also to discuss your requirements from them. If you don’t require in depth financial analysis, P&L’s, Balance Sheets etc, then why should you pay for them? Get them to give you an estimate on costs of your return before you get a huge bill you didn’t expect!
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The Start of the Beginning…


Well Here it is… My Very first, and somewhat spectacular, Blog post!

Welcome to you, and thank you for taking an interest in my journey. I’ll start with giving you an insight into my life, my business goals and dreams and what has led me to be where I am today.

I began my adulthood studying a Science Degree at Melbourne University, as per the advice from my wonderful father. Not enjoying laboratory life, I transferred to Latrobe University, where I studied a Bachelor degree in Commerce. (following in my fathers footsteps)

It was at the end of my degree that my husband and I decided to start a family. The perfect opportunity and timing, for my husband to stay at home with bub for a while, and my chance to kick start my career. In fact, the timing was so perfect, that I finished my final tax exam three days before I gave birth!

After working in the Commercial Accounting field and having my gorgeous daughter, I decided to take some time away from my career and spend more time with my children. Little did I know how difficult  it would be getting back into the work force, especially flexible work, close to home. Near impossible.

I then landed, what I thought, was my dream job working for a great company, great promises. Boy I was wrong. After reaching breaking point, I decided to venture out on my own. I was sick of being unappreciated for all that effort I was putting.

My dream had begun.  With the love and support of my friends and family, the word is spreading and I am flat out and loving it. I have met so many inspiring people along my short journey so far and cant wait for what the future holds.

Over the next few months, my goals are to help and support  small business that struggle to keep up with their paperwork or simply need some advice. So please, although most people find bookkeeping extremely uninteresting, my tips and tricks may just be able to help someone you know. So please help me spread the word.

My parents have always taught me, What goes around comes around. We are all here to be successful and help each other and I cant wait 🙂

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