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Are you blocking your own bookkeeping business success?

Well, it’s possible.

It’s tough enough having a successful enterprise, but if you’re self-sabotaging it, things will get worse.

In a few seconds, you’ll realize how you might be doing it.

You see, we don’t realize some of our personal habits are hurting what we’ve worked so hard to create before it’s too late.’s, Rhett Power has come up with a few examples.

1. Burning the candle at both ends

A fuzzy mind will take three times as long to accomplish a project as a clear one. Get a good night's sleep and make time for rest and recuperation. Go out on the weekend with the guys for a drink. Go to your kids ball game. Designate a friend to pull you away a few times a month if you can't do it yourself.

2. Being an office chair potato

As well as sleep, you need exercise. Do you tie yourself to your desk 14 hours a day? Take some time out to jog, run, or spend an hour at the gym. Also make sure you get out of the office and talk to your employees. Spend a day on the production line or making deliveries to customers.

Your team will appreciate it.

3. Stressing over personal finances

If your mind is preoccupied with how you are going to pay your mortgage or afford to send your child to college, it's difficult to concentrate on growing your business.

Hire a financial adviser and take control - your business will thank you.

4. Not getting along with your family

Your last argument with your husband leaves you feeling mentally drained and you are likely to behave unreasonably towards your employees. Take steps to repair poor personal relationships. You will be happier and so will your associates.

5. Trying to do everything yourself

The whole world does not need to sit on your shoulders - it will keep revolving without your help. Delegate tasks that are not your forte or that can be to your employees.

6. Engaging in Irritating Behaviour

This might include the following: turning up late for a conference; wearing a T-shirt when meeting a potential clients (most of us aren't Mark Zuckerberg and can't get away with this); chewing gum ; failing to make eye contact; using too much business jargon; always going for the hard sell; tapping away on a keyboard or eating while on the phone. All these things can be turn-offs to potential business partners, customers, or clients. It never ceases to amaze me how many times I'm in a meeting with clients and someone checks their email or gets up to answer a call.

Getting and keeping customers is hard enough don't blow it because of your actions.

Recognizing your personal habits and how they are affecting your work is a major step towards creating a successful business.

Change won't happen overnight, but focusing on small but consistent improvements over time will work wonders.

Know yourself - change your habits, change your life, and change your business.

Well said Rhett.

Do any of the above habits sound familiar?

Are you committed to changing them? If so, by when?

If you don’t get on it, your business will pay the price.

To your success,


Michael Palmer

Article by Michael Palmer

Michael is the CEO of Pure Bookkeeping, the host of The Successful Bookkeeper podcast and an acclaimed business coach who has helped hundreds of bookkeepers across the world push through their fears and exponentially grow their businesses and achieve the quality of life they've always wanted.