With QuickBooks Connect 2016 (visit Seth’s #QBConnect page for up-to-the-second countdown) right around the corner, many of you may still be “on the fence” to attend. Trust me, I am with you. I am a solo-entrepreneur and it’s hard to “break away” especially if I can’t guarantee a return on my investment. To add to that, I have 3 kids that I would need to juggle school, sitters and sports around while Mom is away on business. So I completely relate to any of you still deciding on whether it’s “worth it to go”. For me, many of my final decisions on attending events has come from listening to real life experiences of my esteemed mentors, colleagues and friends.
Today, I would like to share my #QBConnect true story and how this experience has literally changed my life.
Before I start and if you prefer to watch now and read later, I have created a short video on innovative ideas and best practices I learned at previous QuickBook Connect events (2014&2015); I have implemented these practices into my firm. These new efficiencies have transformed my business and personal life. I will be sharing many of these topics in the 4 sessions I will be participating in at #QBConnect2016. Watch the video and come back later to read my true Hollywood story! If you want the #truestory now, keep reading! Also, if you just want a quick reference for the sessions I am teaching, I have added direct links at the bottom of this blog; also, don’t forget to check out my awesome blog on Tips to Prepare for #QBConnect2016 and some possible discounts that may still be available.
Now for my #QBConnect True Story…
I began my business in 2009 and for the first 5 years, I focused on learning and building my business. I had been watching, reading and following many of my mentors online and I was just waiting for an opportunity to meet these industry leaders “IRL” (in real life). I wanted to understand what they were doing to go from Good to GREAT!
And then QuickBooks Connect 2014 happened.
I was blown away by how much I learned and grew as a business owner in just a few days. On the plane ride there, I made a list of mentors I wanted to meet in person. I did my best “just to say hi” to each one of them – a few even got hugs & selfies with me (selfies are my FAV).
On my flight back home, I made myself 2 promises:
- Connect with mentors & thought leaders “on my list” (aka Twitter/FB stalking) and find ways to team up with them to create magic
- My BIGGER promise was for QuickBooks Connect 2015, everyone on my “Must Connect With” list would recognize and remember me after #QBConnect2015
And then the QuickBooks Connect 2015 #IntuitFirmoftheFuture contest happened. (that’s me in the red coat, right behind my girl Ingrid)
This was my chance to hit HARD! I wanted all my mentors and colleagues to know that I was truly passionate about our shared goal to learn and grow with our small business clients. I took this opportunity provided by our most trusted strategic partner, Intuit, and entered the contest.
I am humbly honored to say I was selected as an Intuit Top 20 Firm of the Future and this is when my LIFE was truly TRANSFORMED!
Here’s how Intuit’s QuickBooks Connect has changed my LIFE…
I NOW have a direct link to so many of the people “on my list”. It’s just a matter of time that I will be sitting “at the cool kidz table” and learning from the greatest leaders and thinkers in the industry. Since attending #QBConnect2015, I have personally met and worked with many (not all) of the people “on my list”. But I can certainly say that they all know who I am now! Not only was I able to attract positive attention towards my love to help the SMB community, there have been times when my mentors are talking about me when I’m not even around. Below is a picture of me on stage with the amazing Intuit influencer, Luis Sanchez, at Scaling New Heights 2016. I was not “actually” there but this moment of being mentioned on stage by one of my trusted mentors was just as good as if I were.
So to end my #truestory, I want to share that by taking this entrepreneur leap to grow myself & my business, I was able to achieve two of my lifetime milestones: to sit on the legendary Scott Cook Quicken table where the Intuit journey all started and visit Intuit HQ! It was a humbling & exhilarating lifetime experience that I will cherish forever.
What does it mean (to me) to be a #FirmoftheFuture
After meeting so many amazing leaders in our industry, I can wholeheartedly say that we are living in the most client-centric, openly giving accounting technology era of its time. If there’s ever a time to take the LEAP out of your comfort zone to create amazing possibilities, THIS IS THE TIME. We are LIVING IN THE FUTURE, RIGHT NOW!!!
At a recent Intuit Firm of the Future roadshow, I was asked, “what does it mean to be a #FirmoftheFuture”? I believe a “Firmof theFuture” is a Firm that is going to survive in this fast-growing accounting technology era; We are living and working in this era RIGHT NOW. In other words, we all need to become Firms of the Future TODAY!! I guarantee you that attending QuickBooks Connect 2016 will most definitely be a direct path towards this exciting new future of joining the Firms of the Future.
As promised above (in red), below are direct links to my #QBConnect2016 sessions AND if still available, try using coupon codes below:
When you register as ACCTPro use QBC16VIP & All others use QBC16OWNIT. Register here!!