The crisp mornings and falling snowflakes make summer vacations seem like a distant past, but we want to remember the fun of summer vacation, so we caught up with our Bills on Vacation photo contest winner Cindy Schroeder, of Bright Bookkeeping, to see how she is enjoying her prize and talk about how she and her clients use Bill.com.
Cindy: Well this all begins with a funny story - I met Bill.com’s CEO René at Scaling New Heights this year, I attended a lunch and just happened to sit next to him. Then some time had passed since the conference and I was working late and noticed the contest and thought “I have funny picture, maybe it will make René laugh,” and submitted it.
It was a surprise to win! I haven’t used the camera yet but I thought it would be fun to take with me to the 2014 Figure Skating Nationals in Boston or cool to strap to myself on a roller coaster at a Disney park, since it is more of an action camera versus a point and shoot.
BDC: Your caption on your winning submission was “Bill.com helps me stay a Mouseketeer even during the work week!” How has Bill.com helped you be a Mousekeeter, or just escape your desk, and keep your business running?
Cindy: I have always been a huge Walt Disney fan and Mouseketeer at heart. I had two industry conferences located near Disney this year so we decided to purchase annual passes and make the most of them with extra trips throughout the year.
I was able to keep my business running which is imperative, even from the Magic Kingdom thanks to Bill.com’s mobile optimized site, either with my iPad or on my phone. It’s easy to navigate and simple to use.
BDC: What would you say is your favorite aspect of Bill.com’s service?
Cindy: Ah, that’s easy - I love that I don’t have to run around to get checks signed. Many of my clients use ACH payments and I haven’t found much resistance from clients or vendors in adopting ACH, especially once they realize how easy it is.
You put everything into Bill.com and so do they, meaning that your private bank information is concealed from the other party, protecting everyone involved, you send & recieve money faster and with better notification via email.
BDC: The end of the year and the holiday season can get crazy for many businesses - what are some steps you think business owners or finance managers could take to help business run smoothly and be able to step away from their desk during the holiday season?
Cindy: I would say the first step would be to pick one new technology to help you work more virtually. Identify what that could be by asking: What current procedure gives me the biggest headache? Bill pay, invoicing, email, document storage and access- whatever it is, there is a solution that can make you more efficient and let you spend more time with your family during the holidays instead of at your desk. Many applications offer trainings or trials that you can take advantage of now, before the end of the year.
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