How I Succeeded: Cornerstone Bookkeeping’s Tim Hoopmann

How I Succeeded is a regular series on Lifehacker where we ask business leaders for the secrets and tactics behind their success. Today: Tim Hoopmann from Cornerstone Bookkeeping.

Current gig: CEO of Cornerstone Bookkeeping

Location: Sydney, Australia
Current mobile device: iPhone 6
Current computer: Samsung notebook
One word that best describes how you work: Innovative

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?

Xero, Receipt Bank, ASANA, Slack, Help Scout, Skype, TripIt, Evernote, LinkedIn, WhatsApp, Drop Box, Box, Twitter, Facebook, Uber, ANZ goMoney and PayPal

What social network do you find the most useful?


What were the most important lessons you learned while growing your business?

  • Plan, plan and then plan some more
  • Delegate and then allow the team to get on with the job
  • Be clear about your vision and define the objectives

What has been the most surprising part of your business journey?

The amazing people I have met along the way who are willing to help me succeed.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?

Communication and articulation.

What’s your sleep routine like?

I’m an eight hours a night person. This allows me to get up early and get the day started positively

What advice would you offer to other businesses on how to succeed?

  • Be clear about your goals from the start
  • Be willing to adapt to change
  • Surround yourself with talent better than yourself

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