ould you like to create something fun together? How about something beautiful, meaningful, profound, and world changing? Our vision at Polymath is to make the world a better place, built on a foundation of thriving small businesses. That vision is so much bigger than any one of us, yet we can see the impact we have on a daily basis. It’s time to take that to the next level, and we would love for you to join us on this journey. We are launching Ask A Bookkeeper.
So Much More Than a Puppet Show
When Jim Henson brought the idea of “Fraggle Rock” to his production team in 1981, he told them that he wanted to create a children’s television series that would bring about world peace. If it had been anyone but Jim Henson proposing such a thing, they might have chuckled and moved on. This team knew better. As any of us who grew up with “Sesame Street” and “The Muppet Show” know, when there is Muppet magic at work, it’s best to pay attention. Three short years later children in over 80 countries were watching “Fraggle Rock” in 10 languages, learning how to see things from another’s point of view. It was even the first American series to be televised in the Soviet Union.
Jim Henson is one of my heroes.
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If we’re going to make the world a better place, we’re not going to do it with weapons or walls. We will do it by leading the lives that we want to lead, embracing new change and new ideas with joy and wonder. We’re going to do it with a puppet show.
It’s time to let go of our fears and judgments. Release the “shoulds” and the boundaries of what it means to be “professional.” It’s time to make business fun.
Why? Because Bookkeepers Are Cooler Than Ninjas.
Somewhere along the line someone decided that professional adults are no fun. We’re serious. We need to be professional, and if we get caught doing something ridiculous in professional company we will be ostracized.
If that’s what really floats your boat, go for it. I want to play with the fun kids on the Ask A Bookkeeper show. I suppose some of us ridiculous folk could spend our free moments surfing online for other silly things to watch, such as the Ask A Ninja YouTube channel that was so popular a decade ago. Some of those episodes have over 5 million views! They are silly fun, but bookkeepers are much cooler than ninjas. It’s pretty spectacular to be able to do something ridiculous, learn things, and call it all part of a day’s work for a busy entrepreneur.
The Times They Are A’Changin!
The world comes closer and closer together with social media, online videos, and the ability to do a great deal of work remotely. This has changed the way that we form our working relationships. No one wants to be sold to anymore. We want real connection with real people. We want to build something meaningful with our lives, we want to do it with people who share our passion, and we want to enjoy it.
These changes are particularly affecting the accounting profession. As data management has moved to the cloud and become automated, more and more accountants have been able to focus on areas of specialty. We help our clients achieve greater success and profit through deeper advisory services. Suddenly business owners are realizing that there is a human being with amazing ideas behind those boring reports! More than ever before, entrepreneurs are able to benefit from the advisory services of a Chief Financial Officer, regardless of what stage of startup or growth their business may be in. Ask A Bookkeeper helps to point business owners in the right direction, showing them where to find the tools they need in layman’s terms.
Ask Me Anything
Robert Kiyosaki said, “The richest people in the world look for and build networks; everyone else looks for work.”
Ask A Bookkeeper is a community of people like you: entrepreneurs who want to celebrate the fact that we don’t have to know everything to do what we love. You can join that community on Facebook right now. We use the Facebook group to discuss ideas from the show, connect with one another, and turn frowns upside down.
You started your business to make money doing something that you love. Perhaps you also wanted some flexibility in your schedule, or you didn’t want to have to answer to someone else any more. The main goals were probably fun, freedom, and financial success, right? How’s that going? If it’s turning out not to be quite as you expected, you are not alone. You may have even gone through years of schooling just to discover that the things that are really needed to create a successful business are not taught in a university.
Ask A Bookkeeper takes topics that most small business owners put on a scale that goes from boring to terrifying, and it turns those subjects into a fun and rewarding part of entrepreneurship. We understand that you have a business you want to run, and that finances and accounting are not the reason you started on this path (unless you’re an accountant, of course). There are a few things we all need to learn to ease the journey to success and profit. Ask A Bookkeeper teaches those fundamentals and makes them less intimidating.
A Little History
We started off with a fun little YouTube channel where we could send our clients when they had common questions. Many business owners have similar struggles, and we wanted to show them that they weren’t alone. We want these videos to be professional and polished, as well as fun and educational. Ask A Bookkeeper was a labor of love and a diverting side project.
Then the 2015 Intuit Firm of the Future contest happened, and Polymath took 3rd place. Suddenly accounting professionals were watching Ask A Bookkeeper, and asking for more! (I must admit, I was a bit embarrassed when I realized that my colleagues were watching my amateur puppet show.) That was when we realized that there was a thirst for this kind of education and connection. Accountants wanted it, and so do our clients. By stepping up our game we are creating an educational resource that will help all of our businesses flourish.
We set to work figuring out what it would take to bring the show to the next level and make it into what it really needs to be. What it is going to take is you.
The Next Steps.
As I write this in April of 2017, we are in the midst of planning a Kickstarter campaign to get Ask A Bookkeeper off the ground in a very real way. It is not sustainable to create sporadic content as time and money allow. Little bursts of effort here and there cannot maintain a following, and offers limited ongoing benefits to the community.
Ask A Bookkeeper can be SO much more. That is why we are taking it from being just a sideline YouTube channel to being a full video podcast series. Interviews with guest hosts will be aired on the podcast at regular intervals, while fun bonus content will be on the YouTube channel.
The Kickstarter is scheduled for launch on Monday, May 8th, 2017. We are starting off with a bang by throwing a Launch Party, and you are welcome to attend, either in person or online. From there we travel to the Profit First Professionals Mastery Meetup at Profit First Headquarters in New Jersey for some fantastic networking and education. Then we top off the Kickstarter tour with a trip to Walt Disney World for Scaling New Heights!
All of this is to raise awareness, build the community for the project, and put together the startup capital needed to launch the show with a BANG.
What’s in it for business owners?
If you’re a small business owner, we’re creating this amazing community that you can participate in and all of this great educational content. Even better, we’re putting it out into the world FOR FREE. That’s right. It’s not a subscription you need to pay for. It’s not something that you need to enter your email address and suffer through a million emails in order to get the goods. This is a real podcast, a YouTube Channel, and a Facebook group. All Free.
How do we do that? We don’t believe in a zero-sum game, that’s how.
We believe that together we can create something that is greater than the sum of it’s parts, and it can profitable for everyone involved. Ask A Bookkeeper is the rising tide that raises all ships. You help by letting us help you and your business. If Ask A Bookkeeper has positively impacted you in any way, we greatly appreciate any contribution you wish to make to seeing the show continue. If today is not the day for that, keep watching anyway. We want to see you succeed, share your story with us, and let us know how we can help you reach the next level of success.
What’s in it for Accounting Pros?
If you are a fellow bookkeeper or accountant, Ask A Bookkeeper offers a variety of benefits.
- Do you ever get the same question again and again from clients? Ask A Bookkeeper is an educational resource where you can send your clients, answering their common questions in a fun way.
- It’s also an educational resource for you! I love hearing how my colleagues explain things to their clients. It puts new language tools in my toolbox to use with my clients. Also, we will be having an amazing cast of guest hosts educating about a wide variety of ideas, software tools, best practices, and other useful information for all businesses, including yours.
- We are creating this platform for the community. This isn’t some marketing gimmick for Polymath to get new clients. Polymath is working to form deeper relationships with fewer clients, and we end up passing a lot of referrals. Ask A Bookkeeper is creating a platform where other accounting specialists in a niche can educate their audience. You don’t need to know how to set up a YouTube channel and do video. We have you covered!
Our Amazing Sponsors and Hosts
The greatest impact of Ask A Bookkeeper comes in as we work to get sponsors and educational hosts involved with the show. These accounting professionals, app partners, coaches, and educators created businesses with one focus in mind: to help small businesses succeed. Sound familiar?
Our vision is to make the world a better place, built upon a foundation of thriving small businesses. We know we cannot do that alone. We need you, we need our colleagues, and we need software resources that can help us to build that world together.
These amazing sponsor and host allies are the ones who truly make Ask A Bookkeeper possible. On “Sesame Street” when each episode was “brought to you by the letter M and the number 3,” we learned the power of educational marketing. No one wants to be sold to anymore. We want to be educated. Then we want to make educated decisions. When we learn about something that will benefit the bottom line of our business and we feel a connection to the core values of the company offering that solution, it no longer feels like sales. It feels like a relationship.
Many of our favorite stars have made appearances on “The Muppet Show” and “Saturday Night Live”. Now we have a show that is dedicated to fun content just for business owners. Do you have something that could benefit our community? Post your idea in our Facebook group, and you might be our next star!
The Rising Tide
Ask A Bookkeeper offers fantastic free education about a variety of amazing tools and services that can help your business for free. Perhaps you will see something on the show that you absolutely must have more of. We encourage you to reach out to our sponsors and hosts for more information about how they can help you grow. You win, they win, we win. There is no such thing as a zero-sum game.
A Show to Bring About World Peace
Like I said, Jim Henson is one of my heroes. I don’t know that Ask A Bookkeeper is ever going to be viewed in 10 languages in over 80 countries, like “Fraggle Rock”. We can at least start by acknowledging that there is more than one dominant language spoken in the United States today.
The tiny bit of Spanish I speak I learned from watching Sesame Street as a child. I saw at an early age how cultural diversity makes us stronger. Language doesn’t need to be a barrier. The world is changing, and we need to adapt and change with it.
Spanish speaking people make up over 10% of the US population, and a great many of them are small business owners. That is why it is deeply important to us that our new content will be subtitled or close captioned in English AND Spanish. We want to make sure these lessons are accessible to a broader spectrum of entrepreneurs.
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Imagine a world where the global economy is built on a foundation of thriving small businesses. This is a world where people pursue their dreams, and make a decent living while doing the things that they love most.
This can be our world, and we can create it together. This is the dream of Ask a Bookkeeper. Please join us in creating this amazing world.