Bookkeeping for the Non-Bookkeeper

Bookkeeping for the Non-Bookkeeper


Paperwork driving you crazy? Not sure what to do with those receipts you keep getting? Are you getting paid?

Don’t let the paper get the better of you! Come out and learn some basic practices to take control of your business finances.

You will learn some techniques for keeping track of your finances, how to categorize your receipts to make sense to you, and some different ways to keep your finances organized.

In order to run your business you need to have ‘financial business information’. This information comes from what your business OWNS, SELLS, BUYS, OWES, and WHO OWES YOU. These are “Your Business Financial Activities”

This seminar will provide you with the basics to use QuickBooks, how to keep track of your finances using a spreadsheet, good ‘shoebox’ tips, and more knowledge to help you decide if you can do this yourself or need to hire a bookkeeper or accountant.

You will have a clearer understanding of what can be used as a business expense and what cannot.

Good financial business practices that you can use to save yourself time, money and anxiety!


With Winona White, PCP

October 29, 2015   5:30 – 7:30 pm

Norma Jeans’ Closet  2405 Beacon Ave., Sidney by the Sea

Cost $25.00 Beverage and Finger Foods

Tickets for the Victoria Wine Festival for Sale at Norma Jeans’ Closet  Click here for the website for the Festival


September 25-26  At the Parkside Hotel

About the Victoria Wine Festival

The Victoria International Wine Festival is Victoria’s first exclusive international wine tasting festival. VICWF focuses on showcasing wines from around the world. With the purchase of your ticket you get entry to the tasting room in which all wine tasting is free. VICWF prides itself on presenting wine that is good value to the average consumer. We want you to walk out with the knowledge of new wines that wont break your bank account. This festival is open to all levels wine consumers. We pride ourselves on welcoming and engaging attendees to experience wine at its fullest without any catches. The festival includes an on-site liquor store that allows consumers to buy wines at the festival, which tickle their taste buds in the tasting room.  Seminars will take place between the tasting times. We welcome questions. Please feel free to email us via the contact us page (click here). All representing wineries are selected by a board of sommeliers who pride themselves on offering new experiences each year.


The Victoria Wine Festival hosts three public tastings and one trade tasting. Each tasting is set apart by times. Between and during these tastings seminars will take place.

Question: What does my festival ticket get me?

Answer: The festival ticket gets you access to the festivals tasting room which includes free tastings of over 350 wines, niblets of food and information about each wine. Festival ticket holders will also have access to an exclusive onsite liquor store. Tasting something you love at the festival and buy a bottle of it the same night!

Hard Copy tickets can be purchased at the following location:

Norma Jeans


A New and Cutting Edge Advertising that is guaranteed to bring new Customers to your Business

“I’ve invited my friends from RealWeb to come share a unique opportunity to profit in our mobile digital world.

Motivational phrase handwritten on a chalkboard

Motivational phrase handwritten on a chalkboard

If you ever have promotions, sales, specials, clearances or if you ever issue coupons, you definitely don’t want to miss this.”
Monday Oct 5
5:30 to 6:30
Refreshments and some finger foods provided
Upstairs on Beacon
2405 Beacon Ave
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This is also an excellent opportunity to network and meet new friends

Isabelle Prunkl

RealWeb Enterprises
69B West Burnside Rd
We will be offering this opportunity to Sidney Meet Up members only.
It is brand new and you will be the first to implement it.
Victoria BC V9A 1B6  
RSVP Please

Follow-Up and Come Trough-for your customers and for yourself



Title:  Follow-up and Come Through – for your customers and for yourself!

Description:  You have terrific business ideas and the brains to put those ideas into action.  You love what you do – so you thought the money would follow.

But, great ideas, brains, and loving what you do won’t cut it if you don’t follow-up and come through for your customers and yourself


Do you have a stack of business cards sitting on your desk from people you meant to follow-up with – but never did?

Do you claim the economy is to blame for your lack of success – but you know in your heart you could have done things differently?

Stop making the same mistakes and stop giving the same old excuses that keep you and your business on the track of mediocrity. Take stock of what needs to be done, create a plan, and just do it.   After all, if self-employment was easy – everyone would be doing it.

This workshop is impactful for both your business and personal life.250-474-9112 


November 18th. 5:30 -7:30

Upstairs on Beacon

2405 Beacon Ave,

Sidney B.C


The 10 things every woman should do to be a Successful Entrepeneur


Succeeding as an entrepreneur takes hard work and persistence because, unfortunately, there is no business-startup fairy who magically bestows success on small businesses and their owners.

Most successful entrepreneurs follow comparable patterns and share similar basic characteristics. Hundreds of online articles and published books claim to know the secret of success in business, but for the most part, they boil down to the same major points.

Passion, perseverance and a positive attitude tend to set successful entrepreneurs apart. Cultivating these attributes requires an innate skill set and some tips to get started.

So here are the main items to take into consideration if you’re trying to develop a business platform. These elements constitute will support a smart strategy for any new enterprise:

1. Love what you do.

Passion is key to keeping a business strategy moving. Half-heartedness in an entrepreneurial endeavor will chip away at your drive to succeed. Perseverance is the one thing that’s guaranteed to move anything over time, whether it’s a person, a job or an entire company. Abraham Lincoln failed at most of his efforts until late in his life, but he never gave up.

2. Take baby steps.

Jumping all in is rarely ever successful. There are success stories about people who invested everything once and came out winners after six months or a couple years, but those are rare. Risk management is an essential factor in any startup, and balance is vital. You can absorb losses more easily if you take smaller risks in the beginning. Those will provide essential and productive lessons.

3. Learn from others.

Successful entrepreneurs often worked for others in their field of choice before striking out on their own. Spending a few years in the industry under an excellent mentor will provide a good launching pad. Learn from your predecessors’ mistakes and brainstorm about how to improve upon their model. Find someone willing to teach, and think about starting your business elsewhere when you leave.

4. Learn how to self-promote.

Confidence and a good elevator speech can take any pitch to the next level. The first marketing any company experiences comes from its founder. Spend time learning how to share your vision without coming across as “salesy.” Don’t be afraid to ask for the sale, but remember: the client is always the focus.

5. Constantly take action.

Entrepreneurs are movers and shakers. They can’t afford to analyze every detail or they’d never get anywhere. There is no place for procrastination in a startup. It’s a 24/7, no-vacation-or-sick-days kind of job that demands constant forward momentum. Make a brief assessment at every step and move on it. Trust your instincts.

Related: The Scientific Reason You Should Trust Your Gut

6. Make a plan.

Read about successful businesses. Take in the wealth of knowledge that’s been provided by successful entrepreneurs such as Steve Jobs and the personalities from Shark Tank. A successful business plan does not have to be a book. A 10-page plan is digestible yet long enough to include everything you need to start.

7. Build a reputation.

According to Brandi Bennett at, maintaining a blog on a well-hosted website, or volunteering your time and skills, shows instead of tells the community, and thereby builds expertise and trust.

8. It’s never too late to start.

Many successful entrepreneurs started later in life. J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter author), Julia Child (chef), and Sam Walton (Wal-Mart) all started their wildly successful brands after they were comfortably along in their lives. Having the experience that comes with age can give you a unique outlook on your business. Life experiences bring depth that the most educated young adult, by his or her nature, is less able to foresee.

9. Build your “A team”.

Finding the skill sets and attitudes that support the culture of the brand you want to promote will foster innovation and enhance your reputation. Include folks from outside the company for the people you rely on. That will start a free marketing chain reaction that can build confidence and revenue.

10. Be mindful of your attitude.

The attitude of the founder will set the tone for the business. Negativity, laziness and entitlement waste time and money while they tarnish your reputation. Success largely depends on making mistakes and accepting blame in stride. Owning up to and facing challenges head-on is what makes a mere business owner a leader.

Starting a business can wreak havoc on the owner’s personal life. While all the above tips are necessary for success, taking care of yourself mentally and physically is also imperative. Exercise, sleep and diet play a central role in ensuring you implement these policies successfully. All of them drive attitude, motivation and relationships.

Successful CEOs tend to follow a structured, daily schedule of rising early, exercising, having snacks on hand for fuel and socializing many evenings of the week.

Striking a balance may take a while, but working toward this list as a goal for starting your company will make the difference. How an owner feels about progress and how quickly a business can be up and running — and feeding that bottom line — will swiftly feel the impact.

Also read

The 7 Worst Mistakes Women Make in Business


Workshop- Sage Advice for Women in Business


Do you ever wonder why success keeps eluding you?  What are you doing that is

holding the success you so much desire?  Well don’t despair Tracey Burns is going

to help you discover some profound steps to help you get where you want to be

Please listen to this song then ask yourself Do I need this workshop
Please listen to this song then ask yourself Do I need this workshop
 October 21st  
 5:30 Upstairs on Beacon 2405 Beacon Ave.,

Light Snack and Beverage   $25.00

Workshop – Sage Advice for Women In Business

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As sure as they are about their goals, wise businesswomen know that the journey to success means taking action in the face of ego, anxiety, mental blocks, concerns and pressure.  If you are a solo-preneur then you know this as sure as you know that being self employed or operating a small business is exciting. In the beginning we are invigorated by the fact that there are no limits as to what we can produce, how big we can create it, how successful we can become.  Initially it is rewarding and satisfying, we embark on the journey with vigor and passion, full of energy and optimism. The only limitations we have are the ones we set for ourselves. And that… is exactly where things go askew.

The two hour workshop will focus on providing you with strategies, tips and tools designed to get you out of your own way and on your way to success. Heck, we’re even going to throw in a little magic and a few surprises.

If you are a woman in business then you deserve to leverage every resource available to you in order to succeed. Don’t get left behind, register early to secure your spot.

Kind Regards,

Tracey Burns, PCC

Executive Coaching & Leadership Development

(250) 812-4433 Direct


Tracey Burns, Victoria, BC

Principal, Professional Certified Coach, Facilitator & Trainer

Tracey Burns 2015-9662-EditExperienced in business transformation and change management, Tracey is an effective thought leader able to drive strategic transformation across organizations one leader at a time. Focused on the people part of organizational transformation, Tracey coaches and trains high potential people to improve their communication, increase their agility and improve their effectiveness.  She is proficient at coaching people to deal effectively with conflicting priorities, time management, overwhelm, stress, and change. Tracey is adept at creating development plans and pushing people to accept developmental moves and accountability for their learning.  She has written many articles on leadership and has developed several Leadership and Communication Programs.

Tracey has coached senior leaders within the private and public sector for over ten years. Her client base is diverse including the following organizations: Schnitzer Steel, Viking Air, Health PEI, Arbutus Grove Nursery, and Cowichan Sportsplex, in addition to her ongoing roster of individual leaders. Her clients consistently generate reliable results that are testament to her coaching skills, passion and heart-filled impact.

In recent years she has lead an ICF accredited Coach Training Program in Malaysia, San Diego and Seattle. Tracey has been coaching since 2003 and is truly committed to the standards and competencies of coaching at the highest level. Her clients consistently generate reliable results that are testament to her coaching skills, passion and heart-filled impact.  Her fascination with Coaching began while operating her family owned legal research company.

Tracey’s coaching methodology is influenced by NLP methodology, Ontological Coaching, Co-Active Coaching, Strengths focused Coaching and Solutions Based Coaching. She uses over 100 Coaching Tools including SMART Goal Project Design, Managing Complex Change, Time Generator Practices, Feedback and Assessment Tools, Nine Box Talent Grid and Strengths Based Coaching. In addition, her coaching method is ontologically based, a cutting edge approach that encompasses an understanding of how our thoughts, physiology and use of language impacts our results. The changes experienced as a result of ontological coaching are deeply rooted and profoundly effective.

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