7 Basic Bookkeeping Habits to Help You Secure Financing

Does the thought of bookkeeping fill you with uncontainable excitement? Probably not. What about money in the bank to make your business ambitions a reality? Now we’re talking.  It turns out that boring ol’ bookkeeping and business capital have more in common than you might think. You need cash to grow your business, but as …

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10 Things About OSHA Small Businesses Must Know

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a government agency looking after health and safety standards for your small business. As a result, they can inspect you and hit you with citations. Recently the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) held a webinar called OSHA Essentials for Small Business. Elizabeth Milito Senior Executive Counsel, Legal Foundation, NFIB, …

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The ultimate guide to tax deductions for the self-employed

Filing your taxes as a W-2 employee can be overwhelming. But when you’re self-employed, the labyrinth of paperwork and potential tax deductions creates a tax situation that’s enough to give even the most laid-back freelancer heartburn. Whether you’re filing your business taxes as a self-employed worker for the first time or the 20th, there are …

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Here’s Everything Your Accountant Needs to File Your Business Tax Returns

The basics You’ll need to provide your accountant with these documents and records, regardless of what kind of business entity you operate: Your previous year’s federal, state, and/or local tax returns Provided you’ve filed them before, these will contain most of what your accountant will need to get things rolling, including: Your legal name, Social …

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Can You Use a Business Bank Account for Personal Use?

Business owners should not use a business bank account for personal use. It’s a bad practice that can lead to other issues, including legal, operational and tax problems. As the company grows, the problems will also grow. That is, if the company is able to grow. Many businesses operated in a fiscally-lax fashion don’t grow …

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6 Tips for Hiring the Right Bookkeeper for Your Business

A bookkeeper can be one of the most important hires your organization ever makes. A good bookkeeper can keep you on the straight and narrow. A bad one can take you off the rails. There are key skills and attributes you should look for when hiring a bookkeeper; here are 10 of the most important: …

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How to Deduct Your Office Costs

You should have a nice office — for many reasons. It can impact employee performance, contribute to customer or client satisfaction, and affect your profitability and ultimate business success. Setting up and maintaining your physical layout entails one-time and ongoing costs. Office Expense Deductions The tax rules on how to write-off office expense deductions can …

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15 Reasons Why Bookkeeping Is Important

Bookkeeping is important for helping you maintain accurate financial records. Yet still, many businesses fail to implement this integral process. Besides the fact you are required under law to maintain accurate books and records, doing so will save you frustration later on. In fact, “poor accounting” is one of the top reasons businesses fail. Without …

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Top 12 Bookkeeping Best Practices for Achieving Business Success

Managing your personal finances does not require much work. You probably have at least one checking and savings account, a retirement account, a few investments, perhaps a few monthly payments and a file to save receipts for tax records. When it comes to bookkeeping and accounting for business purposes, however, there is a lot more …

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