Are you good about saving your receipts and recording your food costs? Read on for helpful info on tracking expenses for your mobile business.
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Tracking Expenses In A Mobile Business
by Robert Berman
Keeping track of expenses in any business can be a very frustrating exercise and even more exasperating for a business that is on wheels and moves to numerous locations throughout a state and/or country.
Food concession operators face this challenge each and every day.
Small expenses such as gas, a refill of propane, a container of cooking oil or something as simple as a new mop can, over a period of a year add up to hundreds of receipts and even more important thousands of dollars. Read more
FNO Tip: Pro Member Level 3
Some of you Level 1 and Level 2 members might not know about the coolness we provide you with our Level 3 membership. In addition to more band width for extra photos and video in your profile, the export tool is super handy, and is what I will discuss in this tip.
If you need help staying organized and keeping your festival contacts in order, then the Level 3 FNO Pro Membership can help you.
First of all, you get all the swag that
Level 2 offers including the MY LIST feature (allowing you to save events to view later). With the Level 3, you get to export those shows to your computer as a CSV file (which basically means it's a file that opens in spreadsheet software like Excel). You can also upload your exported file to your contact manager program.
If all of this is mumbo jumbo to you, you may or may not read on, but the good news is, we here at the FNO office are happy to help you with this process if you're interested in upgrading to Level 3. Basically, with a few clicks of the mouse you can have your festival contacts (up to 1,000 exports per year) on your hard drive, to do with as you see fit.
This is what people do with this perk:
If you want to upgrade to Level 3, head on over to your "My Account" area and click "Upgrade/Renew" on the right.
- copy and paste the column of email addresses to utilize a mail program or send multiple festivals an email
- create labels for sending snail mail
- keep track of bookings (organize by month, location, etc)
There are more details about Level 3 on the member's tab of our FAQ page here.
Vote on New Member Features
Here's your chance to make suggestions on what new features or improvements you would like to see us make to the FNO site. You can rate changes in order of importance to you or make a suggestion. We're looking forward to hearing from you!
Let Us Pay You!
Word of mouth is the best form of advertising, and we'd like to thank you for spreading the word about FNO. You could be earning extra cash just by referring fellow vendors or festival participants to FNO
Quick info about our affiliate program:
Be sure to hand people your business card or a custom FNO Affiliate Flyer when you refer them to be sure you get credit when they join as a Pro Member. If you want to learn more, go here - where you can print your own flyers to hand out (to do this, you must have an affiliate number, all Pro Members automatically have one, if you are a free member, you must request one).
- We pay $5 for each new pro member you send our way.
- We pay quarterly via Paypal.
- You may apply your affiliate credit towards next year's renewal.
- Referrals can come in via word of mouth or through special tracking links you use in emails or online.