How many times have you taken a step back, a deep breath, and said to yourself, ‘If only I had more time? What would I do? What really matters to me?’ Be rest assured you are not alone. We all get caught up, busy being busy. The hustle, the schedules, trying to fit it all in. HOUSING speaks to some business owners and experts on making time for what matters.
Community, cocoa and ceremony
Snaking northward on Barrenjoey Road in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, the view is splashed with palm trees and advanced conifers with glimpses of sea and sand. Driving through the village of Newport, just before the beach opens up to the right, you would probably see a buzz inside Cocoa Bar café. Whether you’re lining up for brunch, grabbing a rich brewed coffee or a fruity gelato on a warm day, you will most likely see the smiling face of Nuala Quigley.
Eleven years ago when Nuala, a beaches local, started the café with her Hawaiian husband Martin, she wanted a place rich in a sense of community and family. ‘I love connecting with locals, seeing the same familiar faces. We want to know the people behind the orders,’ Nuala says.
With four young children in tow, it’s important for Nuala to find the balance of work and play. ‘When we close the door at the end of the day, we want to spend time with our family,’ she says. While she knew service – not administration – was her strength, she needed to make this work seamlessly.
Over time, this was achieved by choosing the accounting software, Reckon. It meant she could spend more time on growing her business, not managing her finances.
‘Reckon has saved us a couple of hours every week. We take time aside at the end of each day to reconcile. I feel so confident now that this side of my business is taken care of.’
The upside is more than just family and time with her customers. Nuala now finds time to fit in her second passion – becoming a marriage celebrant. ‘I managed to complete the course online and now it has just snowballed.’
Nuala now has time for family, chats with the locals and the odd nuptial duties along the way.