A lot of people, with many different types of businesses use MileIQ. Every Monday, we’re highlighting one of those users, their business, their app recommendations and more. Want to be featured? Send us a Tweet @MileIQ.
For our first Mileage Monday, meet Brendan Finnegan. Brendan is the owner of World Drum Circles in New York City and an avid MileIQ user.
Tell us about your business. What does a typical day look like for you?
My company, Your World Drum Circles, provides interactive programming and entertainment for seniors and special needs individuals in the New York City area. We provide weekly and monthly drum circles for regular clients. We also do larger events such as conferences, corporate team building and staff trainings.
Additionally, I still teach private in home drum-set lessons one afternoon a week and perform in a variety of settings.
How many miles do you drive in a typical week? Where do you drive as part of your job?
In 2014 I averaged 250 miles per week. I drive all over New York City, New Jersey and Long Island.
What’s changed since you started using MileIQ?
MileIQ is the best program I have found! I love that essentially I have built in forgiveness. Even if I forget to open the program, I have it set to active tracking, so it will record where I am driving. At the end of each week I can batch all my mileage tasks into one time block and go though and organize them all. This saves me tons of time and allows for the maximum mileage deduction because I’m not missing anything.
What other apps do you recommend to small business owners?
I’m always on the quest to find stuff that makes my life easier. Evernote, Feedly, Downcast, Audible, Quickbooks, 30/30 timer and Spotify are things that I use on a daily basis. I fought hard against using a streaming service because as a musician I didn’t feel like they were paying musicians what they are worth. Eventually I caved though and hope we can make some progress on this in the future. I also love Freshbooks but had to upgrade to Quickbooks when I got a bookkeeper. Last but certainly not least is Google Maps!
What’s the biggest challenge you face running your business, and how do you address it?
I would say just managing it all is the biggest challenge. It can be challenging when you get home after a long day and know that you have to spend another 30 minutes on the business tasks that need to get done. As I grow, the work I have to do seems to grow exponentially. I just try to not get too overwhelmed and always am ready for change if I find a easier way to do something. Lately, I have found that the more systems I have in place, the easier it is.
What do you enjoy the most about the kind of work you do?
I love the service I provide because I am bettering the lives of seniors and special needs individuals. Over time I get to see these people grow and when a staff member says, “Wow, we haven’t seen him this active in months” I know that I am doing life-changing work. Personally, I feel grateful that at the end of the day, I’m spending my time drumming with other people. It’s really fun and rewarding.
What tip would you share with other business owners?
Be open minded. Succeeding as a business owner means that we have to evolve and change very quickly with our marketplace. Don’t be afraid to make the changes you need for growth.
Where can people learn more about your business?
My website is www.yourworlddrumcircles.com. You can get in touch with me there.
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