EP419: Peter Cook - Following The Plan: The Bookkeeper’s Journey

“People do that with their bookkeeping business, they start, they want to get some clients and they want to make some money, but they actually really have no idea what the journey looks like and where they are trying to get to. It’s a very different experience if you don’t know where you’re trying to get to.”
- Peter Cook

There is a common misconception among business owners, that we are never truly successful unless we can claim to have done everything ourselves. While there are advantages to stepping out of others’ shadows, it’s also far more likely we'll get burned. 

There is nothing wrong with taking stock of what other business owners are doing and seeing how we might apply their approach to our own bookkeeping business. Walking the same path as someone else doesn’t mean trying to walk precisely in their footprints. It’s just a chance for us to enjoy a slightly easier path made possible by those who walked it before us. 

Peter Cook, co-author of The E-Myth Bookkeeper and co-founder of Pure Bookkeeping, is this episode’s featured guest. This fourth episode on The E-Myth Bookkeeper series explores the bookkeeper’s journey, the challenges of transitioning your business, and why sticking to the plan can make all the difference. 

If you are struggling to let go of old ideas about success, aren’t sure how to move your business to the next phase of prosperity, or just want to get a better idea of what to expect on your journey, then this is the episode to show you it's okay to follow the trail.

During this interview, you'll learn...

  • The value of sticking to the plan
  • How to navigate transitioning your business  
  • The importance of understanding the phases of your business 

To find out more about Peter, click here.

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Get your copy of The E-Myth Bookkeeper.

Catch-up on the full E-Myth Bookkeeper with Peter Cook series with past episodes below!

Episode 1

Episode 2 

Episode 3

Time Stamps

02:01 - The bookkeeping business journey 
07:41 - Helping bookkeepers grow their businesses 
10:30 - The four stages of a bookkeeping business
16:26 - The challenges of transitioning your business 
24:21 - Creating your freedom 

Business Management