Johanna Kuker is a professional accountant and the co-founder of Virtuosi Media with her husband Benjamin.
Johanna’s love for numbers goes back to childhood when she received a Fisher Price cash register for her 4th Birthday. Her aptitude for numbers led to a career in accounting for a broad range of organizations including not-for-profit and an awesome waterslide company.
To the untrained observer she is a professional accountant but those within the inner circle know her quirky, amusing and unreserved persona. Her favorite pastimes are water sports, advanced downhill skiing, and advanced traveling...you never know what part of the world you might meet her.
Get Better At Time Management
- Johanna Kuker
- December 19, 2009
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Time is one of the most important commodities that we have. But we are bombarded with more tasks than we can keep up with and often times the most important things in life are shifted to second place just out of necessity. This short article highlights seven keys that you can put into practice that will cut down on wasted time and help you build in more time with family, friends and the things you enjoy.
1. Tips for Staying Focused
If you are having trouble staying on task there are several techniques available:
- Do the thing you loathe first. Sometimes by getting your most dreaded task out of the way you will enjoy the rest of your day.
- Break down a big job into sections and attack each section at a time.
- Each day set a timer for 10 minutes and perform as many repetitive tasks as you can in those 10 minutes.
- Reward yourself whenever you complete a task - talk to a co-worker briefly, get a cup of tea, treat yourself to chocolate at lunch or take a short walk.
Try all four methods to find out which method works for you.
Find Out More Money Saving Tips
- Johanna Kuker
- November 17, 2009
- 5175 Views
The hard hits our economy has taken over the past two years have left many businesses looking for ways to cut costs and save money without cutting employees. In this article, I'm going to introduce you to 15 ideas that will save your business money despite the downturn in the economy. The following steps are simple, yet effective, and most are applicable to both businesses and individuals.
1. Renegotiate Contracts
Many vendors will agree to reduce your contract rates especially if you dictate to them that another vendor has offered you a better rate. Below are some specific types of contracts you might be able to renegotiate:
Telephone - I know of someone that was paying $500 on his cell phone alone per month. I urged this individual to renegotiate his contract. I have also renegotiated our business services and saved $2,000 per year on long-distance and regular business services.
Mortgage - With mortgage rates not able to retreat further than low tide now is the time to refinance with a lower rate. Make sure to check that the penalty for ending the higher rate mortgage is not more than the interest rate savings over the term of the mortgage.
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