I made the Sage ACT! Top 200 ACC North American Rankings! I get to brag sometimes ;-)
I usually try to post something instructional, but I just really need to take a moment and explain why do what I do: My Clients are AMAZING! I meet small business owners and self employed folks, and I help them make their work easier. The rewards are more than monetary. For example, this is how my week went this week...
Monday: Pretty normal day with great, long-term client with fun staff.
Tuesday: A nice 40+ mile drive to meet a new client. 3 ACT Users with good questions and I knew the answers (that IS always a good start!) The bonus here was the "business philosophies" that the owner shared...
A: Never be the first to upgrade immediately when new software is available, and here is how he described it: "The pioneers got all the best land, but they also got the bullets." Brilliant analogy!
B: He always pays his vendors timely, and I believe his exact words were: "NEVER p!$$ off the IT folks."
C: He likes an annual "maintenance" visit even if nothing is wrong, and asked if the same time next year was good for me. I am officially now booking into next year ;-)
Drove back, returned calls, handled some administrative work... Then picked up an old (ACT! version 6) database to begin conversion to 2012. Worked well into the night, but from the comfy chair in my living room (occasionally know as, "my office").
Wednesday: Conversion to go live at the same time the old server was being replaced. Lots of waiting for data to migrate and a long, complicated, drawn out process... but the people were fun.
Thursday: Long, complicated, drawn out process continued, while I juggled in other things including the above mentioned "great, long-term client with fun staff". The day ended back with fine-tuning from the long, complicated drawn out upgrade. At the end of it all, the owner (who was a man of few words during the process... I think he was terrified) walked me out and thanked me. He explained that "It was much less painful than he anticipated." Sometimes the greatest compliments are the least expected!
Friday: Casual meeting with a potential client at her home office. She has 2 Schnauzers and one became "my best friend" while I was there! And oddly, the dog's name is Lexie. When I was a teenager my older brother had a silver Schnauzer named Lexie! When I left, I had to stop and call my brother. Oh, and before I left she committed to purchase her ACT! license during the upcoming 3 day promotion, and scheduled me to assist with set-up and importing her clients. She also told me about a great iPhone app that will take a picture of a biz card, save it to Contacts, and export it to Excel. Once exported to Excel, it can be imported into ACT! This morning I am catching up entry on a few business cards that have been laying around.
In between and on-going, I am working on a website for a ministry. This project involves "a friend of a friend", and it has really been a neat learning opportunity (scripture, new friend, etc.) If you want to read smart, logical interpretation of scripture, see HGWT.co (not .com).
How can I top that? And yet, each day and each week has hidden surprises and great blessings. And for now, I have a different website to update and business cards to photograph.
I hope you're having a GREAT day too!
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