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You Aren't Gonna Need It

Published 7 months ago • 1 min read

In software development there is a principle called “YAGNI” which stands for “you aren't gonna need it.” It basically means that you should only add a feature when it's absolutely required. You shouldn't do something because it seems cool or it might be needed later, because chances are it won't be needed after all.

The same applies in business. There are a million and one things we think would really help our business — and sales people for each of those things that will tell us why we absolutely can't succeed without it.

But chances are, you'll be perfectly fine without that shiny new thing.

It helps to take a step back and ask yourself whether you're going to need it after all. It offsets that immediate FOMO that tends to set in, and allows the more logical part of your brain to take precedence.

As a bookkeeper, I get clients asking me regularly whether they should take on this or that expense. Often they've spoken to a sales person who pressured them to make a decision NOW, but fortunately they had the foresight to ask me my opinion first. Many times I can be the voice of reason that says, “You really aren't going to need that, and here's why.”

Of course it's the client's decision in the end — it's their business after all. But I enjoy being that voice of reason that can look at the situation from an unbiased perspective and determine whether that new expense is really worth it or not.

That's why it's so beneficial to partner with a bookkeeper who really gets your business. A bookkeeper isn't just someone who records and categorizes transactions. Ideally they are someone who can partner with you and your business to advise on best actions, potential pitfalls, and how to pave the path to your business goals.

If you'd like to learn how a bookkeeper can support your business growth, I invite you to schedule a free consultation.

In support of your vision,
Brandon

Possible Promise Financial

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