What does success mean to you?
To me personally, it’s really to enable people. It’s not likely for someone to start off as a line cook here and stay forever, right? People have different ambitions. Some people are here to earn a little bit of money before they can go to school. Some people are here because they want to actually grow in the ranks and, and move more to management. And that's totally cool. But at the end of the day, I want to make sure that people are coming away with life skills. You're learning teamwork, you're learning how to multitask, you're learning prioritization, you're learning communication--all these skills. They're not just limited to just working in a restaurant. Success is really making sure that people have the skills and the tools that set them up for the rest of their lives.
Tell us about how you started using QuickBooks.
I was actually the one that said, you know, maybe we should try using QuickBooks. We were looking for a way to stay organized. Actually, it was probably my frustration at trying to find something and I just couldn't handle it anymore. So I said, we need something that's a little bit more streamlined and automated. So, we started with QuickBooks. I think it was more so originally to track expenses. And then we started using it for invoicing, which my gosh, it actually saved us so much time because can you imagine having to make Word doc invoices and using the calculator on your phone to figure out how much you owe and then do the tax on top and then do the suggested tip? And then just having QuickBooks all automatically do all that?
Our most recent discovery is that we could use it for estimates and which comes in really handy when we're doing catering quotes, because nothing is ever really final until it's paid for. With catering, people have changes all the time. People have different guest counts. So being able to submit estimates and keep track of what actually people are asking for is actually so much of a godsend because you can hold the other party accountable and it's like, well, look, this is what you wanted originally. That’s been a game changer for us really.