Jennifer Antolin has been across the McDonald’s enterprise her complete life. When she was 15, she spent three years working for her father at his McDonald’s franchises and discovered firsthand the rigor and work ethic it takes to make it within the restaurant business.
After a number of years residing outdoors Canada, she determined to return and be taught extra concerning the enterprise from her father. After three years of mentorship, and along with his encouragement, she bought his two McDonald’s franchises in Milton. She ran them for 4 years till the chance arose for her to buy her present 4 franchises in Guelph, Ontario.
The transfer to cloud accounting
Making the leap from two to 4 franchises was a giant enterprise determination, however Jennifer trusted the infrastructure on the Guelph franchises, and was smitten by shifting to the college city. Nevertheless, with elevated duties and staff, she knew that she would wish to “begin looking for methods to optimize my enterprise and search for methods to be higher, to be extra environment friendly and to be extra nimble.” So, she turned to BDO’s Cloud Accounting Providers to spice up her operations and release time to give attention to her folks.
Jennifer had been taught to do her personal Revenue & Loss (P&L) statements, which was useful when it got here to studying the ins and outs of the enterprise early on however was more and more time consuming. She recollects handwriting the statements on graph paper, then having her bookkeeper format them, after which getting it to their BDO accountant on the finish of the 12 months. However along with her franchisee duties rising, Jennifer knew she wanted to spice up her effectivity.
Her accountant really useful she reap the benefits of BDO’s outsourced bookkeeping. She was launched to BDO’s Cloud Accounting Providers group and ultimately met Lisa Crosby, a Senior Supervisor of Cloud Accounting Providers at BDO. Working with Lisa, and utilizing Xero and Hubdoc, Jennifer instantly seen that she was spending far much less time chopping checks and submitting invoices. Together with her transition to cloud accounting, she now makes use of far much less paper, which has made a optimistic distinction in her effectivity and high quality of labor.
“We had file folders stuffed with paper and paperwork and it simply appeared like such a waste of paper, a waste of house, and a waste of time submitting these items. Now, month-to-month, I’ve a skinny envelope that I put right into a field that has all of my info as a result of all the things else is saved to the cloud,” Jennifer says.
Help from her advisor
Jennifer additionally appreciated Lisa’s ardour to go the additional mile for her shoppers. Along with having her restaurant bookkeeping and accounting below the identical umbrella, Jennifer acknowledged how Lisa and BDO have been invested in each facet of her enterprise. “We really modified over two totally different methods this previous 12 months, and Lisa joined in on a number of calls to be taught extra about how these methods ran and the way she would have the ability to successfully perceive them for her reporting as nicely.”
Lisa additionally seen an uptick in her workforce’s effectivity and skill to simply customise reviews to swimsuit Jennifer’s wants due to Xero.
“As soon as we switched to Xero, I discovered it a lot simpler to maneuver than the previous system. I can simply evaluate and make modifications to reviews after which rapidly ship them to Jennifer when she wants them” shares Lisa.
BDO’s outsourced bookkeeping companies ship correct month-to-month monetary statements to Jennifer, which supplies her added flexibility and takes work off her plate. With Xero’s assist, Lisa can higher advise Jennifer as her enterprise grows.
“Jennifer is ready to see ends in real-time permitting her to pivot her enterprise rapidly, if wanted. In terms of her year-end, there are not any surprises and the least quantity of changes are required due to the advantages of cloud accounting” explains Lisa.
The Hubdoc software program has additionally allowed Jennifer to extend effectivity exponentially and has lower down considerably on back-and-forths along with her supervisor. Her time importing paperwork has been lower in half, and he or she finds the software program extremely user-friendly.
“There’s far fewer questions on a month-to-month foundation for my supervisor. Beforehand we have been sending reviews forwards and backwards a number of instances earlier than they may very well be finalized, however that is now not the case. That’s one other large win for me” says Jennifer.
Rising her enterprise
Jennifer is planning to open a fifth franchise. Due to her elevated flexibility and time saved on paperwork, Jennifer can give attention to operating her eating places whereas additionally rising her enterprise.
Jennifer says, “Realizing that there’s someone there supporting the wants of my enterprise and getting access to a cloud accounting platform that’s simple for me to make use of permits me to maintain my give attention to my folks and operations. Having Lisa is a superb help for me and he or she’s there to assist me with any questions I’ve with regards to funds.”
From her early days within the enterprise handwriting P&Ls to now utilizing BDO’s outsourced bookkeeping companies and Xero cloud accounting software program, Jennifer has seen a big uptick in her productiveness and her franchise’s monetary success. She has taken the hard-earned enterprise classes from her father into the twenty-first century, and thru partnering with BDO and Xero, the sky’s the restrict.