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The Key Elements of the Financial Section

The Key Elements of the Financial Plan

by Trevor Betenson

Whatever type of plan you're writing, there are a few key financial items that you should definitely include. I'll explain what they are, why they're important, and how you should create them. Read more »

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What I wish I knew before I started my business

What I Wish I’d Known Before I Started My Business

by Lisa Furgison

If you’re about to start a business, you’ve probably read several how-to books looking for advice on how to be successful. While researching is a great first step, there are some lessons that you won’t find in a book. You need to hear from business owners who have been in your position, who started a... Read more »

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4 Things You (and Every Small Business) Should Know About Taxes [FREE WEBINAR]

by Jonathan Michael

Do your quarterly taxes fill you with the dread of what you don’t know, or do you feel confident when it comes to reporting your numbers to the IRS? Join us on Thursday, July 10 at 11:00am PT / 2:00pm ET for this free webinar presentation by Zach Olson, the founder and CEO of Tax... Read more »

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What's your slice of the pie?

How Much Should You Pay Yourself?

by Scott Gerber

It’s your company—and you’re the one who has the most at risk, financially and otherwise, if it fails. But you’re also in the unique position of setting the tone for what will hopefully be a thriving business. The question is, how do you decide what your own salary should be? We asked 12 founders from the Young... Read more »

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Start Ups and IRS regulations

What Every Startup Business Needs to Know About IRS Regulations

by Ben Sutton

  Have you ever heard the saying, “Asking for forgiveness is easier than asking for permission?”  Whoever said that must not have been talking about the IRS. In my experience helping hundreds of small businesses get up and running, I’ve found that prevention is the key to avoiding unwanted interaction with federal and state tax agencies.... Read more »

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What constitutes a business expense?

Can I Expense This? An Accountant Explains the World of Write-Offs

by Lisa Furgison

If you get a cup of coffee on your way to work, can you write it off as a business expense? Good question. A lot of business owners don’t have the time (or interest) to decipher tax code. Yet, business expenses are a vital part of your financial picture. A lot of your day-to-day business... Read more »

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How to Lower Business Taxes

5 Critical Tips to Reduce Your Business Taxes This Year [WEBINAR]

by Sabrina Parsons

Tax season has come and gone, but the main takeaway from our recent webinar on tax planning for small businesses is that the key to saving money on your taxes is to think ahead and plan. It’s never too early to start thinking about how to prepare for your business taxes. One of the first... Read more »

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4 Tax Filing Tips For New Startups

4 Tax Filing Tips for New Startups

by Deborah Sweeney

Small businesses, welcome to Uncle Sam’s favorite time of year! Though it may be Uncle Sam’s favorite, tax season is often less than anticipated with entrepreneurs, especially if you’re new to filing taxes for a business. How soon do I need to start hanging onto receipts? How should I tax my LLC? What can I... Read more »

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How to Find the Right Accountant For Your Business

4 Steps to Find the Right Accountant for Your Business

by Lisa Furgison

You might not have a full list of employees on the payroll yet, but many small business owners find they have a need to turn to an accountant for financial help from their very beginning of their new venture. Whether you need assistance filing taxes, want someone to act as a financial advisor, or need... Read more »

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4 Accounting Practices You Don't Want to Screw Up

4 Accounting Practices You Don’t Want to Screw Up

by Lisa Furgison

Put plainly, there are certain accounting practices you don't want to screw up. If you don't get your finances in order, you could find yourself in trouble down the road. Read more »

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Financial Pros and Cons of Working at Home

Does Working From Home Really Save You Money?

by Kelly Gurnett

If you’re contemplating making the switch to a home office, here are the financial pros and cons you should keep in mind. Read more »

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Please Help Us - How the Target Breach is Affecting Small Business

Main Street Kickboxing vs. Target

by Mayra Ceja

How a big business's security breach is affecting thousands of small businesses' cash flow. Read more »

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Managing Cash Flow in a Seasonal Business

How to Balance Cash Flow in a Seasonal Business

by Arlene Soto

My business is busy in the spring, summer and fall but slows in the winter. How do I ensure I have sufficient cash flow throughout the year? Read more »

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How to Create an Invoice

How to Create an Invoice: A Starter Guide

by Kelly Gurnett

Everything you need to know to get started sending invoices that look professional, are easy to track, and—most importantly—get you your hard-earned money. Read more »

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How to Make Sense of Your Financial Statements

How to Make Sense of Your Small Business Financial Statements

by Caron Beesley

The truth is most businesses ignore the most powerful financial tools in the accounting arsenal: the balance sheet and the cash flow statement. Here's how to use them. Read more »

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5 Tax Preparation Tips Every Entrepreneur Should Know

by Lisa Furgison

A tax attorney offers five tax tips every entrepreneur should know when starting a company. Read more »

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Top 3 Places Where Your Business Could Be Losing Money

by Lisa Furgison

To guard your startup cash, you'll want to make smart business decisions out of the gate. Check out this article to learn where your business can lose money fast. Read more »

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Secure credit card transactions

Don’t Let an Unsecured Credit Card System Bankrupt Your Business

by Kurt Metzler

If your business accepts credit and debit cards, do you know about the security risks? Are you properly protecting your business from the potential of tens of thousands of dollars in fines? Read more »

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#TrackThis TweetChat

#TrackThis to Ask a Professional Accountant Your QuickBooks Questions

by Andrea Vedder

Are you stuck trying to organize your business’s finances? Are you having trouble using QuickBooks or making QuickBooks financial reports? Do you need a better handle on reading your balance sheet, or preparing your cash flow statement? Is bookkeeping taking up way too much of your time? The first-ever #TrackThis TweetChat, hosted by @Bplans and... Read more »

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Online Credit Card Processing: Everything Your Business Needs to Know

by Pete Real

Thanks to low startup costs, online retail has exploded in popularity. In order to sell online, you’ll need to accept credit and debit card payments—here's how. Read more »