Week 11: Pinching Pennies AKA Knowing Your Worth – #AlphaFemaleFriday
“ WEEK 11 / 133 – 133 WEEKS TO SUCCESS ”
It takes a special kind of person to actually enjoy accounting. One of my favorite tasks is to do expense reports and budgeting, and while this may seem very droll to most people, when the numbers just blend together into oblivion, I treat it as a special puzzle to make sure all the pieces fit together. Whether it’s budgeting my own personal spending or tackling business expenses, I always take a moment to take a step back and look at what money is being spent on. Either way, for personal pleasure or business purposes, you should have a very serious understanding of what it means to buy cheap versus inexpensive and economical, and to buy top of the line versus gaudy.
I was recently faced with a decision to source out graphic designs which would be able to be made quickly and at a cheaper cost, versus a design which would take a few days longer and which were more expensive. Interestingly enough, the quicker and cheaper option was an option from abroad while the intricate designs for a higher price was just down the block from the office. We went with the intricate design down the block for two main reasons. The first reason being that at least if something needed to be changed, the store was in an ideal location instead of several time zones and an ocean away. The second reason was because we had already established an account with that store.
For those of us who don’t have large budgets to stretch, or with no budget at all, a simple and thoughtful way to show you care is always a handwritten or handmade card. Write it out and give a message coming from the heart. E-mails get lost in the hustle and bustle. If your penmanship is awful, and I’m absolutely guilty of this with my chicken scratch excuse of handwriting, then give a call just to say hello and ask how someone’s day is going. One modest and kind really makes all the difference.
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Each week, I take a tip from Lois P. Frankel’s book, Nice Girls Still Don’t Get the Corner Office, and explore how each of these tips affect myself and other women in similar positions on the road to becoming the women we want to be. There are far and few between who are a few steps behind me, and many more who are far advanced. I found that Lois P. Frankel’s advice applied to novice, intermediates, and experts alike. It helped me see that I was already doing right, served as a reminder to keep on doing what I was doing and how to keep that momentum going. The book also showed me areas where I could improve, and gave realistic tips to jump on board. There are a total of 133 tips, and explore one tip per week in a program I call: 133 Weeks to Success.
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