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Meet Beth Sanders, a social media consultant, writer and builder of WordPress websites. As you could imagine, in the course of helping companies build their online visibility, Beth racks up a lot of miles.
Tell us about your business. What does a typical day look like for you?
I’m a social media consultant, a writer and I build WordPress websites. A typical day might include a client meeting, a coaching session and some work in my home office or at a local coffee shop or coworking space. I also love speaking to groups about a variety of social media- and web-related topics.
How many miles do you drive in a typical week? Where do you drive as part of your job?
My driving is varied – some weeks I drive very little, but some I’m all over town. I live in a suburb of Memphis, and much of my business is in central areas of the city, so many of my destinations are 20-30 minutes away.
What’s changed since you started using MileIQ?
I’m actually keeping track of my mileage! My husband helps me with my books, and advised me to get a small notebook to write down my mileage. I told him that was not going to happen and he gave me a dirty look. I’m sure MileIQ saved my husband and me some marital strife.
What other apps do you recommend to other small business owners?
Evernote is a must-have, and a productivity app such as Todoist, Wunderlist or whatever works for you is also essential. Feedly and Pocket help you discover, save and share great content and stay up on what’s happening in your field. I use and love Freshbooks for bookkeeping, invoicing and time tracking.
(Editor’s note: MileIQ integrates with Freshbooks to provide a painless way to track all of your business driving and submit expenses directly into FreshBooks. Whether you invoice your clients, deduct your miles, or get a mileage reimbursement, our integration makes sure you get the full value of every qualifying mile.)
What’s the biggest challenge you face running your business, and how do you address it?
The “business” end; I’m a creative and I don’t like numbers and spreadsheets.
What do you enjoy the most about the kind of work you do?
I love teaching and training small organizations and individuals to use social media and the Internet to build a compelling online presence and building websites that empower them to create their own content. Being a remote worker lets me set my own schedule — I’m so not a morning person, so I tend to start later and finish later.
What tip would you share with other business owners?
Embrace the help that technology can bring; from keeping track of tasks and errands to ensuring that invoices get out on time, and that expenses (like mileage) get tracked. Today’s technology doesn’t really get in the way of relationships; it just allows you to build and nurture them in a different way.
Have faith in your abilities and don’t let age — young or old — hold you back. I’m no spring chicken; I’m 56 years smart and I have great times ahead of me.
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