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When you’ve found your passion, sometimes it feels like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to pursue every area of interest. This becomes the case, even more, when you turn that passion into a business. At MyWorks Software, we understand what it’s like to feel passionate about something. What stokes our fire is saving YOU time, so you get to free up more hours every week to develop what matters to you. How? Well, we’ve developed the MyWorks QuickBooks Sync for WooCommerce integration, which allows you to automate syncing your WooCommerce store data into your QuickBooks accounting software. This means you don’t need to manually enter your accounting data into your books to have accurate, up-to-date records at all times. We sat down with Vicky Stoncious, passionate Canadian equestrian and owner of Eaglewood Equestrian (a WooCommerce Equestrian site), to talk about how MyWorks helped her free up time to develop her business. WooCommerce Equestrian Site
Eaglewood Equestrian is a site that imports high-quality equestrian supplies to Canada. “We do online, we do trade shows and in-person retail,” Vicky tells us, “and we actually import from around the world, so Iceland, South Africa, Denmark, Belgium, Italy, and the USA.” Vicky started the business six years ago because of competing for Canada in overseas equestrian events. “I compete on the Candian Equestrian team, and I was over in Europe, competing for Canada, and I had one of the suppliers ask me if I would start selling his products,” she recalls. “The first time he asked me was in 2013, which was quite a while ago, and I was a lot younger, and I had no idea what to do, so I told him no, I wouldn’t do it. And then I went home, thought about it, and two years later he asked me again and I decided was ready to take it on and start it, so I started with one product line from there.” When Vicky discovered she loved selling equestrian products, she “started asking for more and more and more, and then it really snowballed.” 
“Our most popular products are probably horse bridles, so that’s the leather piece that you put on their head that their bit attaches to,” Vicky laughs when we seem slightly puzzled at the equestrian term. “I have probably over 30 000 product variations,” she informs us, “and I add lots of new products weekly! I have a list of suppliers, and I go on and choose new products. I pick the ones that are kinda different, that you don’t generally get in stores.” When we asked what makes Eaglewood Equestrian’s site different, she told us that “I don’t do the run-of-the-mill stuff, I like to offer my customers the sorts of stuff you can’t find at another store. Sometimes, if I was in Europe and I saw something really cool, I’d contact the company and ask if I could sell their product. I’m already pretty much carrying nearly everything in the horse industry.” 
We were fascinated by the enormous product catalog and had to know how Vicky set up the Eaglewood Equestrian store. “For one year, we did only in-person sales because I hired someone to build the website, but they did nothing and stole my money,” she explains, “then, I hired a friend of a friend, and the same thing happened again. Finally, I just learned and I built basically the whole thing myself. I do everything on the website myself.” Impressed at how she managed to pull that off, we ask when she started integrating WooCommerce extensions. “We started directly with WooCommerce but I actually did all my accounting with Excel spreadsheets, and January this year I transitioned over to QuickBooks.” When you think about the product catalog size, we aren’t surprised that the transition from manual spreadsheets was “rough for the first two months, but now it’s pretty much under control.”  
As for discovering MyWorks, Vicky had to go through a competitor’s integration first. “Basically, when I started with QuickBooks, I knew I would need an integration, and I started with a different product, she recalls. “It was the free version of a product that QuickBooks had on their product list, and I couldn’t get it to work. The customer service was horrible.” Thankfully, she discovered the MyWorks integration soon after, “and the customer service is like, amazing, so I’m quite happy with it. I’ve been using MyWorks since January.” 
“My accounting was a disaster with a spreadsheet,” Vicky explains. “I have a lot of spreadsheets, and they’re really big.” Plus, Eaglewood Equestrian isn’t the ONLY business she runs! “I run this business, but I actually have another full-time job. I am a financial analyst for the school board, so my hours are like, crazy,” Vicky tells us. “Now that I’ve integrated QuickBooks and MyWorks, I have so much more time to work on other stuff that’s not accounting,” she tells us. “Now I don’t have to take a week to prepare for year-end accounting, or for month end, because I sell all across Canada, so I have to submit to all the different tax platforms,” Vicky explains. “Before MyWorks, keeping track of everything was insane, it was an absolute nightmare. But now, I could focus a lot more on the website – even doing my social media.” 
Because of MyWorks QuickBooks Sync for WooCommerce, Vicky from Eaglewood Equestrian “can do her month end in probably an hour or an hour and a half now, compared to a week.” She’s passionate about what she does, telling us that “It takes a lot of hard work to keep up with a WooCommerce Equestrian site, but I really don’t see this as work. I have no problem staying up late, working on it, doing this and that.” MyWorks has allowed her hours of extra weekly freedom to pursue that passion. Do you want those hours to pursue your passion? Watch our demo today to learn more about the MyWorks eCommerce and accounting integrations!
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