Apr 29, 2016
Hi everyone! This is Norhalma from Fast Easy Accounting. You've
probably seen the videos I made and just heard my Podcast with
Randal. If you don't know me yet, you are probably thinking, "Well,
what does she know about construction accounting?" To tell you the
truth, I am neither an accountant nor a contractor. I am the
company's webmaster. I also build, maintain, and fix stuff - only
I'm in front of a computer dealing with our company's website.
I was born and raised with an extended family in our home. Fact is we are actually the extended family. My father and his brothers were often called for small neighborhood projects. When my grandfather was alive, he would spearhead renovations in our house. The whole family is involved in dealing up with the mess. It was pretty chaotic but fun and we had wonderful, happy memories to this day. Simply put, we are Do-it-Yourself people, mainly because we have the manpower available and we only need to spend money for materials.
I grew up in a construction family. My father is a general contractor and often called by neighbors for handyman jobs. Other times he gets offered bigger deals like home expansion and renovation. As head of the family and his business as our only source of income, he wanted to keep our finances steady if not flowing. Extensive projects require longer hours in the field and out of the house. Since our mother stays at home with us, we learned to live with the set up.
My mom does the “business” side of things as my dad’s bookkeeper. Her organizing skills and management decisions kept the construction company on track and our household in order. At first, she enjoys handling the finances, receiving calls and responding to inquiries. How hard could it be, right? After their third child was born, my sister, my mom became overwhelmed with her day-to-day checklist.
As the eldest, I became responsible on most of the chores in
late afternoons and evenings. I remember how my mom would give me
that look of exhaustion but with an assuring smile that she’s okay.
Usually, I’d help in preparing dinner and I watch as she rushed
from one task to the next. She wanted to make sure everything’s in
place before my father gets home.
One day, I saw her nursing my baby sister in front of her desk piled up with inches of paper. Oh, those papers kept coming! Bills on top of the breakfast bar, receipts in the kitchen counter, some invoices in the car dashboard – I think it came to a point that as long as there is a flat surface, there is a paper on top of it. My father would sometimes randomly ask her on weekends if she has a report on a certain project or a utility bill has been paid and she would just reply that she’ll get to it. On weeknights, after my father arrives home from work, conversations like these will turn to heated argument.
Needless to say, being a mother, a wife, and a business manager has taken a toll on my mom. As capable as she is, she got pressured to perform three different demanding roles and we all expected her to stay focused and rock solid. I say this with utmost respect to my father wanting to give us a comfortable life, but I thought to myself, to what extent? Clearly, something’s got to give. It turned out, there’s more to filing papers, typing keys and calculating expenses. In the end, my dad let my mom do what she does best – being a mother!
Now that I’m older and a mother to two toddlers, looking at our family’s experience gave me a lot of insight and lessons in life. As a mother, my family is my number one priority. (To Be Continued)
I trust this podcast helps you understand that outsourcing your contractors bookkeeping services to us is about more than just “doing the bookkeeping”; it is about taking holistic approach to your entire construction company and helping support you as a contractor and as a person.
We understand the good, bad and the ugly about owning and operating construction companies because we have had several of them and we sincerely care about you and your construction company!
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