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Job Alert: Looking for a fabulous bookkeeper!

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Riding on the back of the shear excitement of another successful tax season, we knocked down a chunk of the back wall and increased our office space by an entire room. The Lady in Charge Teya finally gets the much needed privacy of her own office, and we get more legroom.

Yes, more room for awesome!

So, what does that mean for you?

We are looking for a fabulous part-time bookkeeper to join our growing  team of six, and take over the lonely, soft, leathery chair with your name on it.

Our hiring process is simple. We don’t bother with resumes, and wasting paper.


Do this instead:

  1. Click the pink button below
  2. Follow the instructions carefully

Reply here by answering the following questions:

  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • If you could be an animal what would you be and why?
  • How many years experience do you have working with Quickbooks?
  • Why do you want to work at Homeroom?

Homeroom Small Business Solutions is a growing, fast-paced tax preparation and bookkeeping company based in Vancouver. We pride ourselves on providing quality customer service, accurate and honest bookkeeping and great employee benefits.

We love what we do and want to find additional team members who are passionate about providing great customer service, set and achieve high standards of work, pay close attention to detail and who are loyal, motivated and passionate about life and business.

In return we will offer you a stable, flexible, supportive workplace with opportunities for growth.

We currently have a part-time position available, with a potential for full-time, for a qualified bookkeeper starting mid May.

Salary + Benefits will depend on experience.

We also pay commission for any clients you bring to the company.

Must have:

  • Min 1 years experience using Quickbooks Desktop
  • Strong understanding of GST and PST
  • Strong understanding and ability to troubleshoot bank reconciliations
  • Patience to train and answer questions from junior bookkeepers on our team
  • Experience processing payroll
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to quickly learn and adapt to changing technology
  • Ability to work well within a team environment
  • A willingness to learn new bookkeeping procedures
  • An optimistic, friendly & supportive attitude
  • Ability to enter data in a timely and accurate manner

Bonus:

  • Experience using Client Track or similar databases
  • Experience using Quickbooks Online
  • Ability to generate and read reports

If you believe you are the perfect fit please send us an email answering the questions at the top of the ad. No phone calls or drop ins.

Job Type:

Part-time

Required experience:

  • Accounting: 1 year
  • Bookkeeping: 1 year

 

Fix and flip: Three things you need to know about house-flipping in Vancouver

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I see a  beautiful, white 10-bedroom villa, with a long, spacious veranda that leads to a vineyard, overlooking a flowery hillside. The birds are playing in the field, chirping my favourite tune, with crops that are gently swaying in the warm summer breeze. Life is awesome. 

They say, “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.”  When it comes to flipping houses, it comes down to this:

  1. Have a vision
  2. Be brave
  3. Sell for profit

What the flip?

It’s when you see that junky house or an apartment and envision something different in that space, be it new, shiny tile floors and a fresh coat of paint, or a complete and utter gutting of the space.

So you buy it, spice it up, and sell it for profit. Flipping easy, right?

Suddenly, that run-down house becomes a mansion and that dude refreshing himself with a cold beer in front of it turns into a swimming pool. At least in your imagination they do, for now…..

Here’s the bare bones of house/ apartment-flipping:

  1. Find cheap land/ apartment. Without a good deal, there will be no margin for profit once the renovations are complete and all the other fees are paid out.
  2. Don’t spend more than 40-50K. If you are flipping an apartment that is 500-800 square feet, you should not be spending more than 40-50K on the renovation before you sell or you won’t be able to sell it for a high enough price and you might lose money.
  3. Rent it, don’t sweat it. House-flipping is less popular in Vancouver than apartment-flipping. Developers and homeowners can usually make more money just buying and holding the land for 6-12 months or more while renting the house, and making a significant profit of the appreciation of the land.

Tip: Like anyone engaged in the intricate art of renoing, you will need a cool bookkeeper to manage your expenses, file your GST return and make sure your taxes are filed properly.

That’s where we come in.
We can definitely connect you with some kick-ass professionals in the industry, or just take on your books!
Happy house-flipping!

 

 

 

 

How To Help Overcome Those Winter Blues

winter blues, motivation, Blue Monday, exercise, health, wellbeingThe third week of January has often been labeled as the most depressing week of the year. The initial verve and optimism that comes with a new year have faded, holiday bills are coming in, and the rainy days seem here to stay.

This week is often known as starting with Blue Monday.

But how factual is Blue Monday? It turns out that Blue Monday is a theory backed by little research. As most of us know the feeling of sadness is often much more complex and can’t be reduced down to a specific day. That said, there are often times when the winter blues kick in and we don’t know what to do!

To help ease your winter blues we recommend treating each Monday like a new beginning and doing these 3 things at the beginning of each week:

 

1. Reassess your goals and set short-term tangible ones.

Find something small you can check off your list, or something big you can chip away at every week that helps you feel like you are ‘on top of 2018’.

Eg. With tax time fast-approaching, getting your bookkeeping organized and taxes filed should be on the top of your list! Although procrastination may be in your genes, by tackling your bookkeeping bit by bit, you can make things easier on yourself and your tax preparer.

2. Set An Exercise Schedule For The Week

Nothing beats the blues like building up some endorphins! There are many studies that show the positive effects exercise has on your mental health. Jennifer Carter, PhD and counseling and sport psychologist at the Center for Balanced Living in Ohio says that she will often recommend exercise for her psychotherapy clients, particularly for those who are anxious or depressed.

Our team has always found yoga an amazing stress reliever and a great way to improve your overall health. With so many wonderful yoga studios in the city, we recommend finding a great one near your office or home so it’s easier to stay motivated.

 

3. Meal Plan and Eat Well

During the winter months, it’s so easy to let your healthy eating go out the window. Comfort food is always WAY more appealing than a healthy diet. But according to research posted by the Mental Health Foundation  maintaining a healthy diet is essential if you want to maintain good mental health. In Vancouver where the cloud coverage feels like it will never break be sure to also supliment you diet with Vitamin D.

If Meal Planning isn’t your thing and you are too busy with your business to go grocery shopping or cook then we recommend checking out local food providers such as FreshPrep , Spud, and BeFresh.

While our top three recommendations are rocket science and are commonly known techniques for fighting off the winter blues we hope that this reminder will help you come out of the season in your best. shape. ever.

If you find that your winter blues are lasting for extended periods of time then please reach out to your family doctor or contact the Mental Health Helpline.

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Here’s to a prosperous 2016!

3c7Happy New Year from the Homeroom team! After the gluttony of the holiday season, January is usually the month to restart, refresh, and revise. It’s a time when resolutions are set and new routines are created.

Besides physical fitness, it’s also a great time to get financially fit, and get those books in order before the tax season. Want to make sure you stick to your financial goals this year? Check out these tips and get started!

  • Get your taxes in order NOW: It’ll be tax season before you know it, so it’s time to get on your taxes if you haven’t already. If you need help filing, or with bookkeeping, don’t hesitate to hit us up.
  • Make realistic and achievable goals: One of the main reasons people don’t stick to their resolutions is that they set unrealistic or too many goals. Rather than attempting to save the world, you’ll find more success making smaller, achievable goals. Then make sure you celebrate your successes.
  • Automate, Automate, Automate: Automate as much as possible, meaning setting up automatic payments and deposits. This will make it harder to put off a payment.
  • Rebalance your investment portfolio: Make sure your investments are still on target and adjust as necessary.
  • Don’t do it alone: Make sure you have a goal buddy. Have someone who will hold you accountable and make sure you stick to your goals.

Just for fun: Here are the most Googled resolutions.

Happy resolving and here’s to a prosperous 2016!

Act now and save big on your taxes!

show-me-the-money-meme-830x400’Tis the season for gingerbread lattes, Christmas markets, chocolates galore, and taxes! Wait a second…but yes! By spending a couple of hours this month on your taxes, there are a few things you can do to maximize your savings and make your life easier come February 2016.

You can start by organizing eligible tax credits—charitable donations, kids’ spots and arts payments, transit passes, education and healthcare expanses. By putting any year-end bonuses into your RRSP before the February 29 deadline, you can avoid the tax.

Other year-end tax-saving tips:

  • Make charitable donations
  • Contribute to an RESP
  • Tax-loss selling
  • Installment payments
  • Kids’ expenses

So as you spread the holiday cheer this season, make sure you’re giving yourself a tax break as well!

On behalf of the Homeroom team, we wish you all a safe and happy holiday season!!

The Homeroom challenge

Homeroom, 30-day challenge, consistency, bookkeeping, VancouverIt’s the challenge of all challenges. Five employees—and their blood, sweat, and tears—duke it out over 30 days for glory, for fame, and perhaps a trendy new bag.

Some will fight until the end, keeping their eyes on that sweet, sweet prize, while others may pack it in early, unable to go on.

Regardless, we’ll all come out changed—a little wiser from the things we’ve seen, a little stronger, both mentally and physically.

The challenge

Pick one thing to do over the next 30 days (Monday, November 9 to Wednesday, December 9).

  • The Lady in Charge (Teya): Meditate for 10 minutes
  • The Number Cruncher (Allysia): Yoga
  • The Lone Wolf (Kevin): Exercise for an hour
  • Office Gal (Anja): Write at least one page every night
  • Communications Guru (Yvonne): Exercise for 30 minutes

The stakes

Whoever completes this challenge will receive a gift card to a store of their choice!

The reason

To create positive habits and understand the value of consistency in our professional and personal lives.

So cheer us on and watch our progress on Facebook and Twitter over the next few weeks!

 

Refer a construction client, get a gift card

construction_blog‘Tis the season for construction! That’s right, October is construction and trades month at Homeroom, which means we’re turning our focus on YOU, owner of a construction business. The time is now to get those books organized.

Over the next few weeks, this blog will be filled with helpful tips pertaining to your unique and complicated industry. We’ll discuss the basics such as Cost of Goods Sold, inventory, and how to price your services to ensure you’re covering your bases. We’ll also break down the difference between an employee and contractor, and how to deal with payroll.

But wait, you’re not in the construction business, but know people who are, you say? We want to hear from you too! If you refer a prospective client in the construction or trades industry to us and they book an intake call in October, you get a $10 gift certificate to your favourite coffee spot. All they need to do is say who referred them during their intake call and we’ll get in touch with you.

So stop delaying and start getting organized!

 

 

 

Homeroom Client: Army Of Rokosz

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This month’s featured client is Army Of Rokosz Jewelry Design and Metal Art, designed and created by Andrea Rokosz. Andrea uses ancient techniques to make her jewelry that is shaped by her appreciation for the unconventional and ornate. Her small wearable sculptures reflect her love for adventure, folklore, and pop culture, as well as, a respect for nature, history, science and religion.

When did you open your business?

I started Army Of Rokosz as a part-time gig while I was in jewelry school, but it wasn’t until 2013 that I left my part-time job to focus my energy on Army Of Rokosz full-time.

What do you enjoy most about being a business owner?

There are many facets about being a business owner that I absolutely love. I really enjoy the comradery that naturally exists between small business owners. I don’t have any formal business education so a lot of what I know and do on the business end of things has been learned from asking a ton of questions to people who have done it, or are doing it. In Vancouver, right now, there seems to be a lot of amazing people starting up their own businesses so having a community of like-minded people supporting one another is pretty inspiring.

What motivated you to start your business?

Honestly, I just started making jewelry and the response was so great that I followed along the path I was being shown. I never really thought I would own a business — I don’t know what I thought my end game was when I started making jewelry — but I am totally stoked things have turned out the way they did.

What’s your vision with your jewelry?

I really like to design things that I would want to wear, it’s what lights me up and gets me excited to work on a piece. I started out launching my line Army Of Rokosz — available online and in stores across North America — but now I work one-on-one with clients on custom pieces. There’s something extremely special about getting to know someone and being able to make their vision a reality as well.

What do you like about jewelry making?

I love it all! I feel very fortunate that I get to do what I do every day. When I sit down and think about the actual act of making each piece and the historical lineage of the techniques I use (passed down over thousands of years), it makes me feel like what I do is pretty special and important. I also really love getting to create ceremonial pieces, engagement rings, and wedding bands. The first time I watched a couple exchange wedding bands I had made, I got pretty emotional.

What advice do you have for future business owners?

Ask a lot of questions and hire a bookkeeper.

How do you achieve work/life balance?

For a long time, I didn’t. I work for myself, by myself. So when I first started out and was getting busier, I just defaulted to working all the time — which was crazy. As basic as it sounds, I put myself on a schedule, have set days and times that I work, and take weekends off. I love my time in my studio, so after a couple days off, I’m always geared up to get back to work.

Who would benefit from your services?

I think people reach out to me when they are looking for pieces that tell a story, whether it be a story that I’m telling through my collection, or one they want to tell with a custom piece. Everything I make has a meaning and significance behind it that has a unique way of resonating with people.

Connect with Army Of Rokosz on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Homeroom New Client: Capture the Moment Media

CTM-New Client FeatureEvery month we’re going to be featuring a new Homeroom client, so that you can get to know some of our newest members.

This month’s New Client is Capture the Moment Media, founded by Mathew Collings and John Hilhorst. This fun group of film producers against cliches work in both Vancouver and Victoria. They’re passionate and find inspiration through collaborating with individuals, couples, and corporate clients with open minds and adventurous hearts.

Co-founder Mathew Collings talked to Homeroom about the team’s passions and vision for the business.

When did you open your business?

2012

What do you enjoy most about being a business owner?

The freedom! We love making films and telling stories. We have been doing it our entire lives! It’s rare to find a career that is also your passion. If you can do that and make it work, then you are well on your way to a happy life! It is really rewarding to put work you are truly proud of out into the world. Also, not having to work a 9-5  and being able to find more time for family and friends is such a huge bonus!

What motivated you to start your own business?

Both John and I started CTM Media because we wanted to make films we thought were important and we felt that this was the fastest, most creative way we could do that. It has been challenging, but so rewarding and so much fun!

What’s your vision for the business?

We want to have enough projects coming through to hire a few more passionate filmmakers so we are able to take on more exiting creative projects. Our goal is to continue to make films and live comfortable lives that fulfill us personally and professionally!

What do you like about the film medium?

We love the ability to create emotion in our films. That means making people laugh or cry or maybe even get up and take some action to make a change. Film is a powerful tool!

What advice do you have for future business owners?

You need guts, but you also need to take the time to understand the business side of your career. We are still working hard at figuring out how to spend our money wisely and make a profitable business. When we first started out we mainly just made videos and deposited the money we made into our account, but never really thought about all the different ways we can save money and also make more. Learning how to be good with your income is so important right from the outset. If you don’t figure that out off the hop, you’ll always be playing catch-up.

How do you achieve a work/life balance?

This is something we are always working hard at and it can be a struggle. When you love what you do you can sometimes do it too much and that can make it hard to take the time to spend with the people you care about. Running a business is hard and takes time. It is a huge commitment and can mean you have less time with family and friends. We try to be more organized and work hard to not say yes to everything if it means we will miss out on family time. We book vacations well in advance and try not to let anything get in the way of that. We also have an incredible team and communicate very well. This allows us to spread the workload and not take on all the heavily lifting alone.

Who could benefit from your services?

We always say, if you’re passionate about what you do and the people around you, then you have an interesting story to tell! We love working with anyone who loves life and lives every moment as it comes. Passion is the most important thing we look for when we work with anyone. Nothing looks better on film than people who have passion in their lives!

Connect with Capture the Moment on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

Homeroom’s first field trip!

The fearless team braved the rough waters

Homeroom Bookkeeping goes paddle boarding in Deep Cove, North VancouverWe escaped Vancouver’s crazy heat wave last weekend to travel the open waters of North Van for Homeroom’s first company field trip. Unfortunately, just as the sun was rising on the Saturday morning of our long-anticipated paddle boarding adventure, the temperature was dropping and some foreboding rain clouds were working their way across the sky.

But that didn’t stop this team of excited bookkeepers from rocking out in Deep Cove and having a great time — one of us (read: Mike) even decided to take a dip in the water (read: unintentionally).

We then headed over to the hopping Raven Pub to see how those rowdy North Vancouverites party on a Saturday night. It did not disappoint. We had some beers, a massive (and delicious) plate of nachos, and a deconstructed raspberry crumble.

Homeroom bookkeeping goes paddle boarding in Deep Cove, North Vancouver

Homeroom bookkeeping goes paddle boarding in Deep Cove, North Vancouver

Ready to go!

Homeroom bookkeeping goes paddle boarding in Deep Cove, North Vancouver

Homeroom bookkeeping goes paddle boarding in Deep Cove, North Vancouver

Intrepid explorers forging new territories

Homeroom bookkeeping goes paddle boarding in Deep Cove, North Vancouver

Too cool for school

Homeroom bookkeeping goes paddle boarding in Deep Cove, North Vancouver

Anja and Mike’s rivalry reached new heights during a sneak attack on an unsuspecting Mike. The two no longer speak, dividing the office into Team Anja and Team Mike.

Homeroom bookkeeping goes paddle boarding in Deep Cove, North Vancouver

We then ran into Homeroom’s youngest member Jules, hanging at Raven Pub, throwing back beers (read: apple juices).