One of my favorite things about talking to seasoned entrepreneurs like Amy Vetter is that you never really know what’s going to come out of your discussions. Take Vetter, for example. She’s a CPA who knows her stuff. In fact, she acquired the accounting bug from her grandfather who was a CPA.
But it turns out that Vetter is also a yoga instructor. And that she works as an advisor to accountants. And that she wrote a book that teaches entrepreneurs how to strike the right balance and find bliss in their professional lives. She is an unstoppable force, and there are a lot of lessons we can all learn from her.
To listen to my interview with Amy, click play below, but make sure you keep reading too.
Finding Peace in the Cloud (Software)
While Vetter worked as a CPA, she discovered the life-changing benefits of yoga—not just for the improved health of her body, but also for her mind in both her personal and professional life. It was this sort of discovery of how to heal herself that first got her interested in helping small business owners run their businesses better.
This is why she started pointing them towards the cloud.
As we all know, I hate numbers. I will do whatever I can to avoid cracking the books and working on my business’s financials—something which I know many other small business owners feel as well. We dread it, we won’t make time for it, and then where are we? “The thing is, though, it’s a really important piece of running your business and understanding your numbers, so that you can make an impact on your business and have better cash flow,” Vetter said. “That’s where an accountant or advisor can help you get your business in order… Your business could seem profitable, but you have no cash.”
“The thing is, though, it’s a really important piece of running your business and understanding your numbers, so that you can make an impact on your business and have better cash flow. That’s where an accountant or advisor can help you get your business in order… Your business could seem profitable, but you have no cash.”
Scary prospect, right? This is why Vetter is a huge proponent of cloud-based accounting software. It enables business owners to automate the process of managing their business’s accounting. This frees them up to focus on other things and then engage with accountants in real-time, and when it’s most convenient for them to do so.
Creating the Perfect Work-Life Balance
Despite Vetter’s expertise in accounting and the time-saving capabilities of using software to manage it, she’s also incredibly well-versed in striking the perfect work-life balance. Scratch that. As she explained, “Balance can sometimes be stressful, just the word. Work-life harmony really is something that I think we should strive for, that it really goes with the rhythm of our life.” So, let’s focus on how entrepreneurs can bring more harmony to their lives.
“Balance can sometimes be stressful, just the word. Work-life harmony really is something that I think we should strive for, that it really goes with the rhythm of our life.”
Vetter suggests the following work-life balance tips:
Technology can be a huge boon to your company’s long-term success, “but it can also create conditions where there’s never a stopping point.” Your brain and your being need a break from work and it’s up to you to set boundaries.
“But it can also create conditions where there’s never a stopping point.”
Understand what’s important to you and make time for it when you can. “It heals you and creates space in your brain so you can be better at work.”
“It heals you and creates space in your brain so you can be better at work.”
3. Life Outside of Work
Give yourself permission to have a life outside of work and to give your brain a breather from your family and responsibilities “so you can be more clear-headed and give yourself more creativity to help you.”
“So you can be more clear-headed and give yourself more creativity to help you.”
4. Get Help
You may feel guilty about making that time for yourself, but Vetter says you shouldn’t. If you give yourself that time, you’ll be more productive when you come back to work. So stop trying to do everything yourself. In fact, get help as early on as you can.
5. Follow the B3 Method
Business, Balance, Bliss. This method incorporates all the ideas from above into one healthy lifecycle. Basically, recognize an unhealthy business (or even life) situation that you commonly find yourself in. Determine a way to balance it with something more positive and healing for yourself. Then, create a way to make that balance a habit in your life. The goal? To change the way you work for the better.