CGP 003: The Creative Guidance Podcast: Finances with Sarah Hinton


Manage episode 197881040 series 2033544
By Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio streamed directly from their servers.

Your listening to the Creative Guidance Podcast, Episode 3.

Today we get down to business with Sarah Hinton of The Serenity Keeper Bookkeeping services, on the importance of your business finances. Stay tuned.

Hi, my name is Carrie Silverhorn, and I’ve been a graphic designer for nearly 20 years…it’s my passion to help business owners not only to overcome any business obstacles but to also come up with creative ways to achieve their goals and visions they have for their company. This is not just what I DO, this is what I LOVE.

Sarah Hinton is the owner of The Serenity Keeper, a virtual bookkeeping firm. If she keeps your books, you’ll keep your serenity. She loves to work with small business owners to help them keep their peace of mind when it comes to the business side of their businesses.

What Software do you recommend and why?

For bookkeeping, I recommend QuickBooks Online. QuickBooks is the gold standard when it comes to bookkeeping software, and the online version is definitely the way to go over the desktop version. It does have the downside of having a monthly fee. However, it will always stay updated, and there is a companion app to keep your business financials always at the tips of your fingers. ( I personally use 17hats for my service side and intergrate that into Quickbooks.)

I would also recommend the app MileIQ for mileage tracking. It works with the GPS on your phone to automatically capture all of your business mileage. It’s soooo much easier than keeping an old school mileage log.

Another great resource is HubDoc. Rather than saving all of your receipts, you can just take a pic with your phone and upload it to their secure storage. It can also automatically pull in your bank statements so that when it’s time to do your bookkeeping, everything is all in one place.

What is the number one thing business owners overlook when it comes to finances?

I think the number one thing most business owners overlook is the importance of bookkeeping in general. Many business owners are excited to get started and then when it comes to tax time, they suddenly realize that they don’t have ANY system in place. Keeping up with your bookkeeping throughout the year will make doing your taxes quicker, easier, and cheaper, but more importantly, it’ll give you a better idea of how your business is doing on all of the other 364 days of the year.

How can people contact you?

The best way to reach me is by email: or by phone: 417-986-3193. You can also check out my blog on my website for more great information:

Thank you again for Sarah Hinton for joining us today.

If you are a thought leader and have some words of wisdom to share, please email me at

Our show is brought to you by The Dream Keeper Balance Box.

Intro Music: Spirit of Success by Matthias Harris Copy Write Assistance: Tonya Burnett Audio Production by: Carrie Silverhorn via Audacity Copyright Creative Guidance Podcast/ Dream Keeper Designs 2018 

The post CGP 003: The Creative Guidance Podcast: Finances with Sarah Hinton appeared first on .

10 episodes available. A new episode about every 10 days averaging 10 mins duration .