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K.I.S.S. - Keep it Simple, Sweetie.

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Recently, I worked on a software customization project in preparation for implementing new software.  I realized rather quickly that the input methods that were being used were a bit confusing.  The data entry process had too many paths.  People who enter the data can become frustrated if they have too many decisions to make.   


I have learned that work flow set up can be as much an art as it is a science.   Programming computer software is very scientific.   Art comes into play when you try to make a complicated piece of software simple to use for all users.  As Mairzy Doats' writer, Marion Altieri, often says, "run fast, turn left..." 


I want to do the best-possible job of advising you, my readers, about the tools and methods that will help grow your equine business--so I've been scouting around to find great computer programs that will make your office time less and your barn time, more.  I think I'm on to something, which I'll tell you about as soon as I have all the information in front of me. 

Keeping accounting records should not be a chore.  Leave your pitchfork at the barn.  You need something that is easy to use and keeps you in the race.   
 

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BECKY SMITH

Becky Smith has a rich background in music, business, accounting and equestrian studies—just some of the experiences and interests that she brings to the table in her role as blogger here on Saratoga.com. Her passionate love for all equines has drawn her close to the species, in an intuitive way that helps her truly understand the horses she encounters in her various volunteer and professional efforts. Her passion started at a young age when she relished jumping vegetable crates with her stick horse on the front lawn of her family’s farm. It wasn't long before she graduated to riding a real, live horse named Candy Lane. From there she moved up to showing her pony, Flash and horse, Karib. Becky is fascinated with all aspects of the horse world. She has experience with western, English, jumping, dressage, Centered Riding and gymkhana—and every day discovers new disciplines and breeds, adding to her storehouse of knowledge and enthusiasm.

Becky has worked in accounting for over 10 years, and envisions growing her business, Equiccount, to serve and advise those who, like herself, love horses—but who may not have her business acumen. Her connection to the horse and understanding of horse people sets Equiccount and Becky apart from other business advisors who may not get the spirit of equine business with as much depth. Many accountants love accounting. All horse people love horses. Becky feels passionately about both, and so brings fresh insight to the intersection where the two worlds meet. Her blog will help readers grow their own equine businesses, while gaining knowledge of basic business and accounting principles as taught from a compassionate standpoint. In other words, she gets it that readers may be bored to tears by the nuts and bolts of accounting and business. And that's OK, too: as long as she gets it, advisees can hand the reins to her and know that they'll get a smooth ride, and clear every obstacle on the course.