Community News & A Favor

Susan Fennema
Apr 8, 2019 · 3 min read
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Today’s post is a little different. I have some specific community things to share and a favor to ask.

FileMaker Community

First, I was honored to have been featured in Codence’s series on Women in Tech Series: Confidence is Key. I’m blessed to be included alongside these other amazing women, including my good friend Molly Connolly of Thorsen Consulting.

Plus, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be speaking at the FileMaker Developer’s Conference in August 2019 in Orlando. My topic will cover talking money, budget, and how value plays into it. These ideas will help you whether you are an in-house developer, a subcontractor/freelancer, or a development house.

Xojo Community

Second, I wrote an article, Process and Structure to Control Clutter, for Xojo. Even if you are not in the Xojo community, the suggestions will help you if you feel overwhelmed from clutter. But, since I am unable to attend the Xojo Developers Conference in Miami in May, I wanted to share some tips with the community and the Xojo folks were generous enough to oblige.

The Favor

As much as I love my FileMaker and Xojo communities, I am actively seeking to expand my services into other professional services areas. (Think other software development, marketing, advertising, accounting, insurance, etc.) So, to know who might be a fit, you have to know who we serve and how we can help.

We help small service-oriented businesses or divisions of smaller companies (25 people or less) develop or streamline processes to allow for more efficient work and better project management. Mostly, we work with the business owner or division head to use technology to allow the team to do what they do best, but in a more effective way. Eliminating re-inventing the wheel allows our clients to repeat their successes, manage like they mean it, and get their lives back. We even offer hourly project management if you need some help to manage the structure we put in place.

The results of working with us are less overwhelm, greater productivity, increased profit, more streamlined workflow, and less employee turnover. Besides that, our clients sleep better at night because they know they have a structured work environment where things aren’t falling through the cracks. They begin to run their business with systems and structure in place, allowing for growth. Most importantly, they own a business whose value is more than just a client list. Because, when it comes time to sell, they have a process and structure to allow the new owner to recreate the same experience for the clients rather than just the aforementioned list.

So, what are the signs you should be looking for?

Here’s a collection of tip-offs for you to recognize that Beyond the Chaos can help:

  • a sense of overwhelm
  • no sales or project management software
  • sales or project management software that “doesn’t work”
  • struggling to complete things on time and/or on budget
  • often exceeding scope
  • a general sense of disorganization
  • piles/stacks of paper
  • dropping balls or forgetting things
  • clients, leads and/or tasks falling through the cracks
  • a company struggling to grow past 2–3 people
  • not being able to remember how to do something you’ve done before
  • a feeling that your work is taking over all aspects of your life
  • no operational structure to your business
  • always reinventing the wheel

If you run across someone who fits the bill — or if it is you — just email us and we’ll take it from there.


Susan Fennema

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Susan’s business, Beyond the Chaos, partners with other small businesses to control their chaos through project management and process development.

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