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5 Top Challenges for Small Business Owners

The daily operations for any small business can be hectic, but there are a few key responsibilities that often prove to be especially challenging. Small business owners who know how to navigate these common pitfalls are better equipped to keep their company operating in the green. (more…)

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Take Advantage of Seasonal Downtime – Review Your Business Budget

While many businesses can heat up during the summer, a lot of businesses experience a major slow-down. With the kids out of school, people are often busy taking vacations or participating in warmer weather activities. If your business goes through seasonal doldrums, why not take advantage of the downtime to review your business budget? You can review how your year has gone so far and plan for what you want the rest of your year to look like. (more…)

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Is Convenient and Easy Making a Muddle of Your Business Bookkeeping?

Is your business going paper-free or at least relatively paper-free? While the idea sounds terrific, it can create a mess if you still operate your business bookkeeping systems like you did 30 years ago. If you are fighting a muddle of chaos, chances are that you don’t have a clear updated process in place, and that can do nothing but aggravate and stall your progress. (more…)

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3 Reasons Why an Emergency Fund Is a Necessity for Your Business

Most financial advisors tell people they need to have an emergency fund to cover unforeseen financial issues; job loss, medical expenses, or home repairs, that may occur in their lives. The same can be said for businesses, too. (more…)

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Employees Must Be Proactive to Determine Accurate Payroll Tax Withholding

Way back at the end of February we wrote about the new payroll tax withholding guidelinesissued by the IRS. Since that time, the IRS has issued a new Form W-4, more information, and calculators that can help in determining payroll tax amounts to be withheld. Because of the sweeping changes in other parts of the tax law, the IRS is encouraging employees to be proactive – and are even providing some tools to do that. (more…)

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How to Ride the Wave of Fast Business Growth

Ask around, and most business owners will say that they’re looking to grow and make more money. But good business sense says that it’s better if you plan for growth, not just ride the wave of a quickly-growing business. When business is booming, there are a few key ways to ease those growing pains and keep your company on track for success. (more…)

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3 Steps to Make Sure Money Works for the New Business Owner

Whether you are starting a small business intentionally or falling into it because your idea for selling a doo-dad has gone crazy, one thing you will definitely need to do is establish a process for incoming and outgoing money. That’s called keeping the books and every bit of success relies on your paying attention to the money side of your business. Here are 3 steps for the very greenest newbie that hasn’t a clue what language accountants speak. (more…)

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The Promise and Benefits of Bookkeeping

Ahhh, spring is here! The days are longer and everyone is in a good mood, right? Well, maybe. For many small business owners this time of year is very stressful. That’s because they are trying to get their business books in order to complete their tax returns. These are the weeks, almost as much as the first month of the year, is when we hear, “I’m not doing this again. Next year I’m going to …” as they fret over missing receipts, confusing records, and fear about the upcoming tax bill.

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Employee Awards and Gifts: What is Taxable vs. Non-taxable?

Small business owners are a hard-working lot and when there are employees who are working hard alongside them, they recognize that and want to reward those efforts. Special cash and gift bonuses and awards come to mind, but that opens up a whole slew of questions because there are rules as to what is and is not taxable as income. It’s complicated for a business owner, but don’t let that keep you from rewarding valuable employees. Here’s some information that will help you make good decisions about employee perks. (more…)

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New Internship Guidelines—Who Needs to Get Paid?

Offering an internship is one of the best things a company can do—both for their own interest, as well as for the community at large. The intern benefits by receiving real-world work experience for their career and interests, and the business gets a helping hand. But sometimes, that line between intern and employee can get a little fuzzy. (more…)

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