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Accounting & Bookkeeping 
  1. Accounting 101 for a Growing Business
    ax expert Mark Kohler offers tips on keeping track of your company's finances. Emerging growth companies have different needs than startups, especially when it comes to accounting. If you're not using professional software, tax expert Mark Kohler warns, you could be missing out on key information that can help you manage your business. Kohler advises growing businesses to upgrade their accounting practices, including investing in a bookkeeping system and hiring part-time help.
  2. How Should I Offer Credit to Customers?
    Mike Michalowicz, author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, on when and how business owners should offer credit to customers. His advice: Start with small amounts to build a history and reward good behavior, but also make sure to enforce penalties on late payers. Part of our Coaches Corner series.
  3. How to Get Customers to Pay Up
    Chasing after delinquent accounts is a job no one wants to do, but when customers aren?t paying their bills on time, it can wind up creating cash-flow problems for your business. To avoid a financial crisis, set clear payment terms, make your clients sign a contract and think about hiring an accounts-receivable clerk to prod late payers.
  4. Why Business and Personal Funds Should be Separate
    60 Seconds Solutions: Attorney Nina Kaufman explains why mixing your money can lead to legal issues.
  5. Options for Deducting Your Company's Auto Expenses
    2 Minute Advise: When it comes to deducting a company?s auto expenses, mileage is often a business owner?s first choice because it?s the most known practice. But it may not be the best option for you. Instead, you might go the ?actual expense? route, which involves factoring in depreciation. This option may be better suited to Truck or SUV owners, as well as those leasing or electric car owners. Bottom line: too many small business owner don't take advantage of this deduction and leave dollars on the table as a result. Here is a basic explanation of your options and should open the door for a strategic conversation with your tax planner.
  6. Keeping the Books
    Having accurate, up to date financial records is important.
QuickBooks Solutions
Tax Tips & Solutions
Small Business Consulting
  1. Are You Ready for the Next Level?
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  2. THINK BIG Start Small
    THINK BIG Start Small Think Big. B&M Financial Management Services, LLC http://www.bmfms.com - We will show you in under 60 seconds the steps you need to take to THINK BIG for success in your business.
  3. Business Plan: A Must-Have
    If you're considering not writing a business plan, let me encourage you to please re-evaluate the idea. SmallBusinessNewz Reporter Abby Prince explains the importance of a business plan not only for the financial advantage, but also for the benefits that will result for the business and business owner.
  4. How To Create a Successful Marketing Plan
    The plan should cover one year. For small companies, this is often the best way to think about marketing. Things change, people leave, markets evolve, customers come and go. Later on we suggest creating a section of your plan that addresses the medium-term future--two to four years down the road. But the bulk of your plan should focus on the coming year.
  5. Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught?
    In this interview, Ries shares his advice on the metrics that entrepreneurs should really be paying attention to, why he thinks job titles are irrelevant in the startup world and how the lean startup model helped Instagram pivot to its present business model.
  6. 3 Reasons Why You Need a Business Plan
    Operating as lean startup has its advantanges. Instead of planning too much, you can build a prototype, test it out and make changes as you go. But in order to deal with the challenges of growing, you're going to still need a business plan. Here are three reasons why: It helps you figure out how much money you need. It helps you keep your mission in focus. It helps you size up the competition.
  7. 3 Things on a Growing Company's Checklist
    Sure, it's easy to be loose with the rules as a startup. But once your company takes off, it's essential to put good policies and procedures in place. These three tasks should be on every growing venture's checklist: 1. Make an operations manual. 2. Write an employee handbook. 3. Make a disaster plan.
  8. The S.M.A.R.T. Way to Set Goals
    Setting goals is vital to the success of your business and knowing how to set those goals is the first step to achieving them.
Small Business Management
  1. When Can I Start Hiring?
    Are you spending most of your time leading your business or working at it? If you can't think about the big picture, it might be time to bring on staff.
  2. When It's Time to Hire Staff
    You're probably hiring employees because you're totally overwhelmed or need to meet a milestone, says business coach Ann Mehl. She recommends forecasting your hiring needs a year to 18 months in advance, so you don't have to make your decisions in haste.
  3. Time Management Tips for Business Owners
    As a small business owners you know there's an endless amount of work to do in limited time. Time is money - read these tips on increasing productivity.
  4. 5 Tips to Help Your Business Prevent a Security Breach
    Cyber attacks appear to be increasing since a number of companies, including Sony and Epsilon, have had their security compromised recently. What?s even worse is that attackers are actually more likely to target small businesses since they do not usually have sophisticated security measures. As Abby Johnson explains in this report, such an attack could be extremely damaging to a small business. Not only could it create a huge public relations and financial burden, but it could also weaken or destroy the relationships that a business has with its customers. To find out how you can secure your business and avoid getting hacked, watch this video.