I’ve always been interested in creating what I would consider art but what any art professional would most likely describe as the drivel of a color blind child who does not know how to draw a straight line. I don’t take what I do seriously as I find simple satisfaction from it, it’s like a meditative experience. Recently I was able to convince myself to give an Adobe Photoshop free download a try. Photoshop is a program that I have been meaning to try for several years but each time I’ve approached it, I have been overwhelmed by the sheer capability that the program offers.
I decided that the best way for me to learn would be a combination of watching a series of YouTube instructional videos as well as choosing a single project that I would be able to complete with the help of Photoshop. It wasn’t going to be easy – I have a terrible habit of becoming distracted by the various options and will delve with no sense or purpose into the guts of a program. Even I can admit this is a fairly terrible way to try and learn much of anything at all.
I found the YouTube instructional videos to be easy to follow and by choosing a project for work that I absolutely had to finish, I was able to force myself to focus on finishing the project by staying disciplined enough to follow basic step-by-step procedures. Throughout the process, it was clear that Photoshop is one of the most powerful creation and editing tools in the software market. I’ve messed around with a few here and there but nothing has come even close to the depth and complexity which Photoshop is capable of. There is nearly nothing that you cannot do with it.
When my bookkeeper told me she was moving several states away, I was devastated for a number of reasons. Personally, I really enjoyed her company, and we had become good friends. I knew we would still be able to stay in touch though, so I was more bothered about how I was going to handle payroll. I could handle everything else she did or delegate different tasks to different people. I didn’t trust anyone with payroll though since it was a bit more complex. She looked online at different companies before she left, and she recommended Paychex to me.
She was really thorough when she looked at the different companies, so I knew that Paychex had to be the best of the best. I looked at their website, and I was thoroughly impressed with everything that I saw. When I looked at the different services that they offer, I knew that I was not going to delegate any of my bookkeeper’s work to anyone else in the office. I did not want to pile more responsibility onto anyone, especially when they were not hired to do those things. That decision was a lot easier to make thanks to the other services that Paychex offers though.
They do a lot of HR work, which includes helping with employee benefits, helping with employee manuals, and so much more. The more I looked at their services that they offer, the more I knew I was making the right decision. I am not saying I don’t miss my bookkeeper and friend, because I do. I am saying though that this company has actually saved me money because they are doing all the work that she was doing for a fraction of the cost. I would still hire her back in a heartbeat, just out of loyalty, but I have to say I’m glad that this company is now doing the work.