What is Your Time Worth?

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Article by David Joseph, co-founder, DAVO by Avalara

How to get back to doing what you love

Time. There never seems to be enough of it. And when you find yourself stressed, worried or avoidant about tasks that take up your valuable time, that may be a sign it’s time to evaluate. Is there a better way? Most people don’t start a restaurant to focus on back office tasks, but some of those tasks are essential – or even legally required. So how do you focus your time and energy on doing what you love, but also make sure your business is running efficiently?

How much is your time worth: the basics

Start by thinking about your time as an hourly rate. In its simplest format, you can determine your hourly rate by dividing your salary or personal income by 2000 hours. There are several online tools available to get even more specific about your circumstance. But as a baseline, 2000 hours assumes 2 weeks of paid vacation and a 40 hour work week. Just having a rough estimate of what your hourly rate may be helpful in evaluating how to make the best use of your time.

Your time is far more valuable than a simple math equation.

Although understanding your hourly rate is helpful, time cannot be measured by money alone. Other factors need to be considered when evaluating how you’re spending your time, such as how much you enjoy the activity, long term benefits, and your own skill set. 

Running the back office of your business, attracting customers, building loyalty, managing staff, creating new products and promotions – the list seems endless. For many restaurant owners or managers, back office tasks bubble up to the top of the list of ‘what I don’t enjoy doing.’ The good news? Those tasks may be the perfect opportunity to automate or outsource, saving you time and stress.

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Many back office tasks can be automated

Evaluate what you’re spending time on and investigate options to increase your efficiency. For those using cloud based POS systems, backend applications can actually manage or automate about 80% of the business functionality. With back office functions automated, restaurant owners can spend a lot more time focused on customer facing activities.

Getting started can be half the battle. At DAVO Sales Tax, we often hear our customers say they can’t believe they waited so long. While it may seem like an initial investment of time to set up a new integration, especially when you’re in the midst of the stress involved of getting the task done manually because the deadline is upon you, the benefits will quickly outweigh that initial investment of time.

Sales Tax: A Lesson in Saving Time, Stress & Worry

Sales tax is the perfect example of a stressful back office task that requires a lot of attention and attention to detail and deadlines – in other words, time. Sales tax is also the perfect example of a process that can be entirely automated by an app connected to most cloud based POS systems. 

Sales tax automation apps, like DAVO Sales Tax, can eliminate the entire complicated, manual process and tasks associated with reporting, filing and paying sales tax. With an automated process, you’re guaranteed to pay sales tax on time and in full. No more headaches and stress about deadlines and paperwork.

Integration with the app takes just a few minutes. From there, you’ve gained hours back from the time spent filing paperwork and calculating the amount owed. And let’s not forget the energy stressing about having enough cash on hand or worrying about deadlines. Depending on how often you’re required to file sales tax, you’re saving hours each month or quarter.

Automate Your Sales Tax and Reward Yourself

DAVO Sales Tax can help you gain back valuable time to focus on the priorities that will help the business grow. With just a few minutes of set up, your sales tax process, filing and payments are on autopilot. Give it a try and see how much time and hassle you can save. We know how hard tax season can be so we’re offering an incentive this month! Sign up by March 31, 2023, and get a $100 Amazon gift card.


As a former restaurant owner, David Joseph is no stranger to the struggles of restaurant sales tax. A self-proclaimed sales tax evangelist, David co-founded DAVO by Avalara, a sales tax automation platform that integrates directly with the point of sale.

  • RAK Porcelain
  • Red Gold
  • BelGioioso Burrata
  • Inline Plastics
  • Day & Nite
  • DAVO Sales Tax
  • Imperial Dade
  • Enterprise Greece
  • RATIONAL USA