Monday, December 2, 2019

10 Reasons to Hire a Bookkeeper

You have done it! You have taken a leap of faith and started your own small business. Congratulations!

Whether you have gotten through all of the initial setup or are still in the planning phase, one important thing to think about is to hire a professional bookkeeper or not. This could be a tough decision if you are new to the industry and don't have a client base yet, however "a professional bookkeeper actually saves you money through less human error and the bills that get paid on time (entreprenuer.com)."

Here at MLE, our bookkeeping services are customized to your business' needs and we will work with you to learn the system and get everything together so you can focus on running your business and gaining clients! Learn more about our services here: https://mythiclanding.com/services/

If you are still on the fence about whether or not to hire us, click here for a link from Entreprenuer.com on 10 reasons you should hire a bookkeeper! Here are just a few below:

1. Keep your focus on core business needs. 

2. Stay out of what you don’t really know or understand. 

3. Calibrate a work-life balance. 

4. Get a different perspective on the business. 

5. Escape the tedious aspects of business. 

6. Make sure everything is paid on time. 

Monday, November 25, 2019

December #TeamMLE Activities

As we approach the busy holiday season, don't forget to take a little time for yourself and sign up for one of these fun activities! Keep reading to see who will be where and when! And simply click on the date to be taken to the registration information ...


  • Saturday, December 14th: Destination's Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Jumper Show @ Destination Farm (Dickerson, MD)
  • Sunday, December 15th: C.O.R.E. Clinic with Glenda Player @ Playland Equestrian Center (Union Bridge, MD)

Monday, November 18, 2019

Improve Your Social Media Presence With these Tips!

What does your social media presence look like? Have you ever Googled yourself to see what comes up? Chances are, you have. As a lot of people concern themselves with their personal image on social media, sometimes they are unable to devote as much time to their businesses image online. Social media can hinder or help your business thrive if used correctly. "Social media provides a powerful tool for outreach: Companies can share stories, talk about events or offers, or discuss services or solutions with interested customers or potential clients. But not every small business has set aside the time and money to establish an online strategy or presence (Forbes.com)."

In this great article from Forbes.com, it talks about 12 ways that small businesses can work on upping their social media presence. From focusing your efforts, making goals of use and putting together a content calendar. Here are just a few:

1. Listen To Customers Rather Than Promote

2. Make A Commitment to Social Media

3. Establish A Goal Before Moving

4. Focus Your Efforts On Select Networks

5. Automate Your Social Media Strategy


If you are feeling overwhelmed at the thought of truly managing and succeeding with your social media, let MLE help! We have social media management services in addition to our search engine marketing services, which often encompass some of the major social media outlets. Learn more about how MLE is here for you at: www.mythiclanding.com today!

Monday, November 11, 2019

Grab the Attention of New Clients with MLE Logo Design!

Is your new business in need of a sleek and eye-catching logo? Are you looking for a fresh new look to attract more customers? Have MLE design a top quality logo for your business! We pride ourselves in working with our clients to design the logo that they have always envisioned. Take a look at just a few logos we have designed below!












Contact Margaret at margaret@mythiclanding.com today to find out how we can take your business to the next level with a new and fresh logo design!



Monday, November 4, 2019

Today's Motivation: 19 Hard Things You Need to Do to Be Successful

Today we are sharing a motivational article from Business Insider on some very hard, yet rewarding, things to do in order to be successful. As business owners and entrepreneurs we are our biggest critics but we can also be our own biggest fans. Set your goals, do the hard things and go grab success!! Here are just a few things listed from the article:

  • You have to make the call you're afraid to make.
  • You have to get up earlier than you want to get up.
  • You have to give more than you get in return right away.
  • You have to care more about others than they care about you.
  • You have to fight when you are already injured, bloody, and sore.
  • You have to feel unsure and insecure when playing it safe seems smarter.
  • You have to lead when no one else is following you yet.
  • You have to invest in yourself even though no one else is.
  • You have to look like a fool while you're looking for answers you don't have.
  • You have to grind out the details when it's easier to shrug them off.
  • You have to deliver results when making excuses is an option.
  • You have to search for your own explanations even when you're told to accept the "facts."
  • You have to make mistakes and look like an idiot.
  • You have to try and fail and try again.
  • You have to run faster even though you're out of breath.
If you need help getting a plan together to get started or want to cross off a few things on your growing to-do list so you can get to the hard things, let MLE help! We are here to support, encourage and help grow businesses of all sizes!! Learn more about the many services we can provide at: www.mythiclanding.com or email margaret@mythiclanding.com

Monday, October 28, 2019

#TeamMLE November Events & Clinics!

While the competition season is winding down, the clinic season is heating up! Keep reading to see who will be where and when! And simply click on the date to be taken to the registration information ...


  • November 1st: Jump Chute Clinic with Martin Douzant @ Deerfield Stables (Upperville, VA)
  • November 6th: Stephen Bradley Jumping Clinic @ A Bit Better Farm (Brookeville, MD)
  • November 13th: Susan Graham White Dressage Clinic @ A Bit Better Farm (Brookeville, MD)
  • November 16th-17th: Stephen Bradley Clinic @ Spring Run Farm (Prospect, KY)
  • November 23rd: C.O.R.E. Rider Clinic with Glenda Player @ Playland Equestrian Center (Union Bridge, MD)
  • November 23rd: Mental Training for Riders with Dr. Tim Herzog @ Karmic Run (Mount Airy, MD)

Monday, October 21, 2019

Trust Yourself and Trust Your Plan!

Sometimes as business owners we need to stop and look inward to ask ourselves the tough questions. For example, when it comes to building your business, do you fully trust yourself, your program and business plan? It's easier than one might think to lose sight of your goals and motivation when we stop trusting ourselves.


MLE can help you learn to trust your program by developing a viable business plan to cover all aspects of your business. A business plan is the foundation for your entire operation; without it, your business will have nothing to stand on. You wouldn’t want to have a cracked or crumbling foundation on your house, just like you don’t want to base your company on a weak business plan. If you are interested in learning more about how MLE can strengthen your business, contact Margaret@mythiclanding.com or visit: www.mythiclanding.com.


Monday, October 14, 2019

Ways to Track Ideas On the Go

Business owners are busy! That's no secret. Especially in the smaller organizational setting business owners tend to "wear multiple hats" with varied responsibilities and are constantly on the go. But we also know that sometimes the best ideas for your business tend to spring up at random times when it's not convenient to pop open your laptop or tablet and write it all down. So what can a crazed business owner do to help keep track of their ideas as they pop into mind?

In this article from fortune.com, they detail five apps which can help track those ideas and keep them organized!

To learn more about Mythic Landing Enterprises (MLE) and how we can help you make time to spend on the important tasks in your business, visit us online at: www.mythiclanding.com!

Monday, October 7, 2019

TEAM MLE Owner Spotlight: Margaret McKelvy

Since we have gained some new clients and for those who don't know her yet, we thought it would be good to re-introduce MLE's president and owner, Margaret McKelvy!!

Margaret’s diverse work background has allowed her to use her skills in public relations, event planning and business development to build MLE from the ground up. What started as a “one woman show” in her studio apartment has grown to a team of six specialized consultants, working together to not only build a better business, but to more importantly, build better businesses for our clients.

Margaret’s resumé includes positions with the Practical Horseman national magazine, The Equiery publication and service, the Maryland Horse Council legislative and trade association, and the Georgetown Preparatory School, among others. A graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, she holds B.A. degrees in Public Relations and American Studies.

Margaret also boasts an extensive career in competitive equestrian sports with a focus on eventing, which has spanned over many years. When not working or riding, she can be found spending time with her husband, Scott, enjoying all the Washington, D.C. area has to offer.

Learn more about Mythic Landing and the rest of our wonderful staff at: www.mythiclanding.com!

Monday, September 30, 2019

Team MLE October Events & Clinics!

It's finally fall ... our favorite time of year! Take a look at the list below of #TeamMLE activities and sign-up for your spot before it's too late. There's something for everyone! Simply click on the date for a link to sign up!



Monday, September 23, 2019

How to Prioritize Work When Everything Feels Like #1

A lot of time in talking with our clients across all areas of business, they feel that prioritizing tasks effectively can be a major hurdle to overcome. Why? Because in most businesses, especially in small businesses, many tasks feel like they are all of equal importance on the to-do list. Thanks to an article from Liquid Planner, they offer six steps to help manage your deadlines and get your team motivated!

1. Collect a list of all your tasks.
Pull together everything you could possibly consider getting done in a day. Don’t worry about the order or the number of items up front.

2. Identify urgent vs. important.
The next step is to see if you have any tasks that need immediate attention. We’re talking about work that, if not completed by the end of the day or in the next several hours, will have serious negative consequences (missed client deadline; missed publication or release deadlines, etc.).

3. Assess value.
Next, look at your important work and identify what carries the highest value to your business and organization. As a general practice, you want to recognize exactly which types of tasks have top priority over the others.


4. Order tasks by estimated effort.
If you have tasks that seem to tie for priority standing, check their estimates, and start on whichever one you think will take the most effort to complete.

5. Be flexible and adaptable.
Uncertainty and change are given. Know that your priorities will change, and often when you least expect them to. But—and here’s the trick—you also want to stay focused on the tasks you’re committed to completing.

6. Know when to cut.
You probably can’t get to everything on your list. After you prioritize your tasks and look at your estimates, cut the remaining tasks from your list, and focus on the priorities that you know you must and can complete for the day. Then take a deep breath, dive in and be ready for anything (Liquid Planner.com)."  To read more about these six tips, click here for the entire article!

If you want help getting your business back on track, or just need an extra set of hands to complete some of your urgent tasks, MLE can help! Learn more about the wide variety of services we offer at: www.mythiclanding.com today!

Monday, September 16, 2019

MLE Client Milkhouse Brewery In the News Again!

Tom Barse, Owner of Milkhouse Brewery.
Photo credit: Graham Cullen
MLE is proud of all of our clients and we love sharing when one of them is mentioned in the news locally or nationally. MLE client, Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm, was recently mentioned in the Frederick Newspost in an article entitled 'Frederick area farmers a growing part of local beer brewing market.'

The article talks about how local Maryland brewers, specifically in Frederick County, are looking to keep the majority of their ingredients from local sources. Brewers want to buy and use local hops, yeast and grain but currently the supply can't keep up with the demand. While Milkhouse Brewery keeps 90% of their ingredients local, other Frederick County breweries outsource some of their main ingredients from all over the world. But no matter where brewers buy their ingredients, the farmers and brewers interviewed did agree that the craft beer scene countywide doesn’t appear to be slowing down, especially in Frederick.

Tom Barse, Owner of Milkhouse Brewery.
Photo credit: Graham Cullen

Frederick City is definitely key to this market … Frederick County has just become a destination spot, and the city’s on fire,” Blackmon said.

It’s a marketing thing, people love the whole farm to table movement, the field to pint idea, I mean people like to know where their food comes from,” Barse said. “That’s what we’re doing here.” To read the entire article click here. 

Congratulations to Milkhouse Brewery on your continued success! We are proud to have you as a part of #TeamMLE!  Learn more about us at: www.mythiclanding.com!



Monday, September 9, 2019

September MLE Activities...Sign-up today!

Schools have begun and fall weather is just around the corner. This time of year is a favorite for many equestrians and with so many #teamMLE activities this month, we can see why! Take a look at the list below and sign-up for your spot before it's too late.

*September 11th: Kelley Williams XC Schooling Day @ Bittersweet Field (Poolesville, MD)


*September 12th: Phillip Dutton Clinic @ Hickory House (The Plains, VA)




*September 16th: Susan Graham White Dressage Clinic @ A Bit Better Farm (Brookeville, MD)

*September 24th: Martin Douzant Jump Chute Clinic @ Snowdonia Farm (Tomball, TX)


*September 26th: Stephen Bradley Clinic @ Destination Farm (Dickerson, MD)

*September 27th: Martin Douzant Jump Chute Clinic @ Loch Moy Farm (Adamstown, MD)


*September 28th: Glenda Player's C.O.R.E. Rider Fall Clinic #1 @ Playland Equestrian Center (Union Bridge, MD)


*September 29th: Crabfeast @ Milkhouse Brewery (Mount Airy, MD)

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Finding Motivation After a Vacation or Holiday

We hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend and holiday! "Summer is well and truly over, and if you’re finding it hard to get back into the swing of things, trust me in saying that you’re not the only one! It’s always a struggle to get back your motivation after you’ve had a bit of time off, and you may need a little bit of an extra push to get yourself revved up and ready for work again (Undercover Recruiter)."

Longer days and more sunlight allow for higher levels of productivity during the spring and summer seasons. But as fall approaches it's important to keep your motivation high so you can continue to grow your business and work toward goals during any season!

Thanks to an article from Undercover Recruiter, here are a few tips to stay motivated:

  • Work out your routine
  • Keep learning
  • Power through it
  • Dress for the occasion
  • Ask your colleagues
  • Make lists

To read more about each one of these suggestions click here for the article link.  To get some outside help making a business plan, modifying a business plan or tackling some things that have been on your business to-do list for far too long... contact MLE! We are here to help! Visit www.mythiclanding.com or email margaret@mythiclanding.com today!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Professional Sales Flyers...They Can Help!

Attention equestrians! Did you know that here at MLE we can create professional sales flyers for you to hang at shows tack stores, feed stores, etc.?

With a graphic designer on-staff that can work with you to accomplish a look that will surely stand out and an on-staff professional photographer to help you capture eye-catching photos, MLE is a one-stop shop for your sales flyers!

Take a look at some recent samples below and visit www.mythiclanding.com to learn more about this service and other things we can help with! 





Monday, August 19, 2019

10 Steps to Start a Small Business (And a Bonus...MLE can help!)

Here at MLE we pride ourselves in helping clients of all industries and business sizes with a variety of needs. As a successful small business for over 10 years ourselves, we will always have a spot in the portfolio for small businesses. Why you may ask? Because starting and running a successful small business can be daunting and overwhelming at times. But that's where we come in! Having gone through the start up and growing pains of a small business MLE knows how to help.

Whether its hiring us for bookkeeping to keep your accounting straight, using our graphic designer for high-end advertisements, building that website to showcase your product & services or getting the attention of new clients on Google through our search engine marketing program...we can help! Learn more about our services at: www.mythiclanding.com today and take a look at the article link below entitled '10 Steps to Start a Small Business.' 

"There are more than 28 million small businesses in the United States, making up a whopping 99.7 percent of all U.S. businesses, according to the Small Business Administration. When you consider some of the most popular reasons to start a business, including having a unique business idea, designing a career that has the flexibility to grow with you, working toward financial independence, and investing in yourself — it's no wonder that small businesses are everywhere.'


'But not every small business is positioned for success. In fact, only about two-thirds of businesses with employees survive at least two years, and about half survive five years. So you may be in for a real challenge when you decide to take the plunge, ditch your day job, and become a business owner. The stage is often set in the beginning, so making sure you follow all of the necessary steps when starting your business can set the foundation for success. Here are 10 steps that are required to start a business successfully. Take one step at a time, and you'll be on your way to successful small business ownership (thebalancesmb.com)."

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

MLE Website Design Services!

Did you know that MLE offers website design and hosting services? Whether your current website just needs a face lift, or you are starting from scratch, MLE will help you come up with a concept and then make it a reality. We have worked on websites for a variety of clients and industries and find enjoyment in the customization of each one!! Our website services are reasonable and completely personalized to each client based on their needs. To learn more contact Margaret@mythiclanding.com today!

In the meantime take a quick look at a few of MLE's website creations!

https://theframesporthorses.com/

https://www.milkhousebrewery.com/

https://ridgeviewvet.com/



Monday, August 5, 2019

MLE August Clinics!

Looking to keep the momentum going this month? Want a few tune-up opportunities before the early fall events? Look no further! Team MLE clinics have you covered. Take a look below at the upcoming schedule and click on the links to register. 


Susan Graham White


Stephen Bradley
Learn more about MLE and the services we can provide your equestrian business here:


Tuesday, July 30, 2019

MLE Client Spotlight Mention: Milkhouse Brewery

MLE client, Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm, was recently mentioned for their participation in the University of Maryland Western Maryland Research & Education Center's hop variety education day where brewers from all over the state came to learn more about the various hop varieties grown in Maryland. "The university’s half-acre hopyard contains 24 hop varieties in three replicated research plots. About 30 attendees endured temperatures in the high 90s with a barely noticeable breeze to learn about this plant, which grows in long strands called bines and produces cones that give beer its distinctive flavor
(Lancaster Farming)."

Photo credit: Lancaster Farming
Farm-based breweries have grown since Milkhouse, Maryland's first farm-based brewery, began lobying in 2012 for the farm brewery law so that more local ingredients can be exclusively used in their products. For the entire article click here.

Here at MLE we are proud to work with clients like Milkhouse Brewery and celebrate in their successes as their business continues to grow each year. We can't wait to see what the future holds not only for Milkhouse but for Maryland's breweries! To learn more about Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm visit, https://www.milkhousebrewery.com/

To learn how MLE can help YOUR business succeed in any industry visit www.mythiclanding.com or email Margaret at: margaret@mythiclanding.com to learn how we can customize services to fit your needs!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Look Sharp and Stand Out with MLE Logo Design Services!

Did you know MLE offers logo design services? Whether you have an idea in mind and need it made into a reality, or you don’t know where to start, MLE can help design your logo from start to finish. We've designed logos of all shapes, sizes and colors for a wide variety of clients. We help make the process easy and work with our talented graphic designer to allow your vision to shine through!

 



Sound like something you might be interested in? Contact Margaret at margaret@mythiclanding.com to get started today!



Monday, July 15, 2019

8 Ways to Have More Gratitude Every Day

Working for yourself or working in a small business can be tough. You have to wear multiple hats and there isn't a big support team to help get you through the "fires" of each day. As we have mentioned in other posts, staying organized and having the right tools can help greatly reduce your stress and get you through each day, but equally as important is staying positive.

Finding ways to have gratitude each and every day as a business owner is not only important for your mental health but important for the success of your business. Thanks to this article share from Forbes.com entitled' 8 Ways to Have More Gratitude Every Day' we are sharing with you a few tips to help you remain positive when challenges arise and things get tough.

  • Don’t be picky: appreciate everything
  • Find gratitude in your challenges
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Keep a gratitude journal
  • Volunteer
  • Express yourself
  • Spend time with loved ones
  • Improve your happiness in other areas of your life
To read in detail on each one of these gratitude tips visit the original article here. 

To learn more about our services and how we can help your business in whatever area you might be struggling with, visit www.mythiclanding.com

Monday, July 8, 2019

MLE Clients are Hiring! Apply now!

Good morning!! Looking for your next job?? MLE clients are currently hiring! Take a look at the vast opportunities below and click on each link for more details.  

Working Student @ C Square Farm w/ Courtney Cooper (Nottingham, PA)
Click Here for more info!

Working Student @ Destination Eventing w/ Natalie Hollis & Suz Cornue (Dickerson, MD)

Assistant Barn Manager @ Karmic Run Stables w/ Meghan Truppner (Mount Airy, MD)


Groom @ Karmic Run Stables w/ Meghan Truppner (Mount Airy, MD)

Farrier's Assistant @ Maryland Horseshoeing w/ Kevin Oyarzo (Mount Airy, MD)


Remote Entry Level Bookkeeper @ Saul Bookkeeping w/ Pam Saul 
(Brookeville, MD)



Senior Bookkeeper @ Saul Bookkeeping w/ Pam Saul (Brookeville, MD)


Working Student @ Stephen Bradley Eventing w/ Stephen Bradley (The Plains, VA)




Working Student @ The Frame Sport Horses w/ Martin Douzant (Middleburg, VA)

To learn more about MLE and the services we offer to our clients, visit: www.mythiclanding.com!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

JULY MLE CLINICS & SCHOOLING SHOWS!!!

July is here and Team MLE has a full calendar ahead!! Take a look at the list below and click on each link to register/for more information. There is something for everyone on this list to keep working toward goals and having fun this summer!! #GoTeamMLE! (Learn more about MLE here: www.mythiclanding.com)




























  • July 27th: Southwind Farm Yard Sale (Damascus, MD)Contact Sheri Thornley (sherithornley@msn.com)



MLE Professional Photography Services

Need new photos to freshen up your existing website? Looking for some high-quality images to use for your marketing? Want to do some non-traditional headshots to stand out? Have an upcoming event that you'd like photographed? MLE can help!


Here at MLE we offer professional photography services to fit all of your needs! Our photography package is reasonably-priced at $325 and offers up to 120-minutes of photography, all high-resolution images post-processed and shared into a private online gallery with full copyrights for your business or personal use.  (Note: this can be customized to better fit your needs!)

Interested? Contact margaret@mythiclanding.com to learn more and see some sample photographs!

Learn about the other services MLE has to offer by visiting: www.mythiclanding.com!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

MLE & SEM: What can we do for your website?

Do you have a web site?  If the answer is yes, are you utilizing your web site to it's full potential? As you can imagine, a growing portion of the population is turning to Google and other search engines for help when shopping for most anything these days. Need a new farrier? New feed store? New vet?  Simply type in your keyword and location into Google and pages of results will pop up.  But how do you get YOUR web site to pop up on the first page?  This is where MLE comes in!

We offer a complete Search Engine Marketing Service for clients looking to boost their online presence.  To be more specific, "SEM" is the process of doing certain tasks to try and gain more traffic from the "free" or "organic" listings on search engines to your web site.  SEM also utilizes paid tools like Google AdWords and Pay-Per-Click advertising when necessary.  MLE specifically targets the Google search engine.



If you want to learn more, give Margaret a call (301.502.8929) or e-mail (margaret@mythiclanding.com). Remember that consultations are free!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

MLE Bookkeeping Services!

Did you know that MLE offers a full range of bookkeeping services?  Yup!  We can do everything from simply reconciling your accounts each month, to invoicing clients, to paying bills, and everything in between.  And we can track your expenses by season, client, show, etc.

I think hiring an experienced bookkeeper is one of the most important things you can do as a small business owner.  Our bookkeepers are all experienced horse owners, and even more importantly, they all run their own horse businesses.  In other words ... we get it!  We get that hay needs to be put with your feed expenses and straw needs to be put with your bedding expenses.  We get that hay and grain expenses will go up in the winter and back down in the summer.

As a small business owner myself, I know the importance of tracking income and expenses.  I also know the value of creating a realistic budget as part of your overall business plan.  Don't have a budget mapped out?  We can help!  Don't have a business plan written out?  We can help with that too! And our rates are very reasonable!

If you want to learn more, give me a call (301.502.8929) or shoot me an e-mail (margaret@mythiclanding.com).  Remember that consultations are free!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Mid-Year Goal Review

Well June is here...can you believe it? 2019 is halfway over and like most business owners, the time has gone by so quickly it's hard to believe. You may have set goals back in January and accomplished them, had to forgo them or change them. You may have added new goals to the list as clients and priorities change. You may have had a completely unexpected first half of the year and need to re-evaluate and modify your business plan. So how do you begin? What is the best way to reset or set mid-year goals?

Thanks to this article from Camden Kelly, there are some great tips to get you started! For example:

  • Evaluate Your Progress
  • Weed Out the Unnecessary
  • Course Correct If Needed
  • Set a Deadline and Plan in Reverse


To get help re-evaluating goals, modifying or creating a new business plan or just carrying out everyday marketing tasks you don't have the time to do, contact Mythic Landing Enterprises today!! Learn more about the services we provide at: www.mythiclanding.com