Micro-Influencers and Small Retailers: A Perfect Match

  We've all seen A-list celebrities endorsing mega brands and stores. This marketing strategy's price tag (up to $1 million for celebrities like Kim Kardashian) is far beyond the scope of most retailers' budget, but there's another way to get in on the...

Calculate Your Capital Gains Tax in 5 Easy Steps

If you've sold stock, real estate or other assets at a profit, you will have to pay income tax on that profit — known as capital gains tax. The amount you pay depends on your income bracket. Here's how to figure how much tax you owe. Bear in mind, this calculation is...

Do You Really Want to Be a 1099 Independent Contractor? Pros and Cons

Quitting regular employment and being your own boss can indeed be a dream come true. However, you'll also have some new hassles to deal with. Only you can decide if the trade-off is worth it. Pro: Being Independent There'll be nobody telling you what to do, how or...

7 Benefits of Inventory Accounting

If your business sells, resells or makes new products from purchased stock, then your inventory is probably your biggest asset. The right accounting tools can help you make sure that inventory maintains its value, as well as guide business decisions for maximum...

Back Office Backlog? How to Choose an Outsource Partner

There comes a point in the life of every growing business when its administrative functions can no longer be handled by a multi-tasking manager without negatively impacting the core business. Those whose talents and expertise built the core business must be allowed to...

Choosing Inventory Management Software for eCommerce

To keep your business running profitably, you need to be like Goldilocks: not too much inventory and not too little. In the first case, you have too much cash tied up in stock and may have trouble meeting operating expenses. In the second, you might miss out on sales....

When SMB Owners Use QuickBooks — 6 DIY Mistakes to Avoid

QuickBooks accounting software can be a great tool for small businesses — but only if you're using the tool right. We often see mistakes or omissions in books that were DIYed by our clients. Unfortunately, even little mistakes can snowball into big, expensive...

Still Writing Paper Checks? Here’s How Much It Costs You

With online bill paying from your computer or mobile app now so convenient, we're always surprised by how many small business owners still make payments with paper checks. It seems like a harmless habit, but is it really? Let's see. Here's an example of the costs of...

Behind on Your Bookkeeping? Here’s How to get ahead

The receipts are piling up, you don't remember which customers have been invoiced or suppliers paid yet, and none of it has been entered in your bookkeeping system. Right now it looks like a mountain you don't have the time or energy to climb — and that mountain gets...

Before You Choose Accounting Software: 3 Essential Steps

All too often, new start-up businesses go with the accounting software that seems to be cheapest, or most popular, or was recommended by their father-in-law (even though his business is totally different). A couple years down the road, it becomes clear that their...

6 Bookkeeping Habits of Highly Successful Small Business Owners

We know, you didn't go into business to spend all your time doing the books. But what if just a few tasks of daily, weekly or monthly maintenance could save you many hours of work and thousands of dollars? It would be worth it, right? Now they need to go shopping for...

5 Benefits of Owning Your Small Business Property

Is it time to purchase the commercial property you’ve been leasing?  If you’re a small business owner who currently rents office or retail space, you could be in position to benefit from becoming an owner. Of course, the decision to own or rent will depend on a number...

File Your LLC in These States and Save $$$

Did you know that you don't have to register your limited liability company (LLC) in your home state? Instead, you can file in one of the states below, and save considerably on fees and state income taxes. There are also advantages to keeping all the paperwork close...

2019 Tax Deadlines for Small Businesses

Keep this chart handy or copy it into your calendar so you won't miss a due date throughout the year.    W-2 Filing   (Wage and Tax Statement for Full- and Part-Time Employees) January 31    Form 1099-MISC Filing   (Statement of Payments Made to Independent...

How To File Tax Forms as a First-Time Business Owner

If you're new to the world of entrepreneurship, taxes are one of the things you need to learn about, fast. Not to worry, help is at hand. Here's our handy guide to the forms you'll need, both for yourself and your employees.   Income Reporting for Yourself The...

How to Pay Yourself When You’re the SMB Owner

It’s all too easy to dip into the company’s bank account as and when you need to. But there are many good reasons to put yourself on a fixed salary, including simplifying your tax return, protecting yourself from the company’s debt liability…

Taking Stock and Shaping Up For 2019

One of the most popular New Year's resolutions is to get fit. We say your business should be as buff as your body — and making it happen will be a lot easier on the muscles! Here are 4 areas of your business that should get a fresh look every year, along with tips on...