*We’re excited to be partnering with Intuit to show you their new animated short film and to let you know how you can confidently manage your finances and make more money through TurboTax, QuickBooks, and Mint. 

Having a Giant on Your Side

It’s nice having a giant on your side. Growing up, my grandpa was a commanding presence. He was 6’3” tall and roughly 250lbs. In today’s terms, he could’ve been a professional linebacker, but back then he was a Navy man. Wide shoulders, strong forearms, the bluest of eyes and a smile that spread across his whole face. Grandpa was the friendly giant that everyone wanted to be around.

My dad tells a story about how my grandpa stood up for him one time when a neighbor came to cuss him out for riding his motorcycle too loudly. My grandpa stood firmly behind my dad and after the man got done yelling, my grandpa calmly said, “George, if you’ve got a problem with my son, you’ve got a problem with me.”

Grandpa towered at least a head above any crowd at my piano recitals and volleyball matches. Later, when I got married, he pulled me into a side hug and said, “You make sure that man takes good care of you, okay now?” He winked and smiled when he said it, but I knew he was making me a promise. He’d always have my back.

Everyone needs a giant in their corner.

The Intuit Giant

For small business owners, entrepreneurs, and self-employed individuals like myself, Intuit is like having a giant on your side. Intuit is the master brand over three great products you probably recognize: TurboTax, QuickBooks, and Mint—three outstanding financial management and planning tools that are geared toward small businesses and people who want to make the most of their money. People who may have a dream of owning their own business or being their own boss—people like you and me.

The Intuit Giant is a cool metaphor for the combined power of QuickBooks, TurboTax, and Mint and they just released a brand new short, animated film, “A Giant Story” that I can’t wait to show you! When people like you and me use TurboTax, QuickBooks, and Mint together, we get the same big technologies that fortune 500 companies use, but with a more personalized, friendly product. The Intuit Giant.

“A Giant Story” 

I got a little sneak peek of this film before its big release and I have to say, it’s really powerful and really cool! In the film you’ll see how the first Intuit Giant was carefully crafted by Pari, a young female inventor. The film is set in a world where big businesses have these massive, intimidating-looking robot giants that help them grow and prosper. Pari sees the needs of her fellow small business owners on main street and realizes that they need a giant on their side too. So she sets out to create something awesome that will level the playing field. Without further ado…here’s the short animated film “A Giant Story.”

Powering Prosperity

Feel like you need to watch the film again? Me too! In fact, I watched it three times in a row so that my literary mind could grasp all of the metaphors and symbolism. (I’m a former English teacher after all.) Basically the Intuit Giant is the combined power of TurboTax, QuickBooks, and Mint. Like Pari in the film, Intuit wants to level the playing field and power prosperity to everyone—they want to give you a giant on your side.

Speaking from a very personal level, HowDoesShe has been a huge blessing in my life. I started out seven years ago as a small contributor, just writing one post a month for Shelley, Missy, and Alison (pictured above). I was inspired that these three women could dream up and then start their own blog that is now a prosperous business. They started by pitching in $100 each (valuable diaper money to these three moms back then) and then they worked tirelessly for years to create inspiring content, take photographs that would grace Pinterest boards, and build a business they could be proud of. Almost nine years later, HowDoesShe now has over 2 million followers on social media and over a dozen contributors.

In 2011 I started out as one of those contributors and over the years I kept writing, kept learning, and now I’ve built my own little freelance business. Because I am self-employed, managing my finances has become a lot more intricate. I honestly couldn’t do it on my own. I use TurboTax to simplify my complicated taxes and it saves me a huge headache every year. QuickBooks is what HowDoesShe uses to invoice and manage all of our partnerships, and I’m just now learning the ins and outs of Mint and how it can help me set up my own IRA to give me a bigger tax break and help me set aside money for my retirement. With Intuit, I can confidently manage my own finances. I am my own boss and that feels great.

So whether you’re a consumer who wants to confidently manager your own taxes and investments, a small business owner who needs a more efficient way to manage invoices and expenses, or a self-employed individual who could use a little guidance maximizing deductions, Intuit is in your corner to help make your dreams of prosperity achievable. Learn more about how Intuit can work for you here!

 

A big thank-you to Intuit for sponsoring this post. All opinions and anecdotes are my own.

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