organized and prepared for tax time

Getting Organized & Prepared for Tax Time in Your Online Business

It’s the beginning of a new year, which also means it’s time to wrap up the last year and file your taxes. Which also means, that it’s the most stressful time of the year for most business owners. I understand that tax time isn’t fun for most people, but when you are prepared ahead of time […]

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best time to hire accountant

Is There a Best or Worst Time to Hire an Accountant or Bookkeeper?

Is there really a best and a worst time to hire an accountant, a bookkeeper and a financial strategist to help you with your business?    There are always best and worst times to hire anyone to help you in your business.    You should have an accountant and a bookkeeper in your back pocket at all times in […]

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The Pros and Cons of Freshbooks Online Cloud Accounting Program

As an accountant and online business bookkeeper, there are two main cloud accounting programs that I use and recommend to my clients. Today I want to discuss the pros and cons of Freshbooks Cloud Accounting.  Freshbooks was originally created in 2003 when it’s founder, Mike McDerment, became frustrated with using Word and Excel for his […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Expense Deductions for Bloggers

One of the most confusing parts of owning a business, is knowing how to do your business bookkeeping and taxes.      And now that you have started your blog, you want to make sure that you are doing things right.       Or maybe you’ve had your blog for a while now, but […]

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Accrual or Cash Basis of Accounting: What’s the Difference? What do I use?

There are two basis of accounting methods: cash basis and accrual basis. Every time I bring these two words up, no one knows what I’m talking about, so I don’t expect you to know them either. Actually, it’s probably why you are here reading this post.      Part of doing the accounting for your […]

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home office deduction guide

The Ultimate Guide to the Home Office Deduction for Small Online Businesses

One of the questions that I get asked on a regular basis is how to calculate the home office deduction for self-employed business owners.  So let’s break this down into easy to understand terms to help you understand if you and your online business qualify for the home office deduction.  Qualifications of the Home Office […]

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guide to small business finances

Online Business Owner’s Guide to Small Business Finances

A business revolves around money. So whether or not you take care of your money in your business, can make or break your business.      If you don’t make money in your business, then you don’t have a business.      Now is the worst time to bury your head in the sand with […]

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9 Biggest Money Mistakes Businesses Need to Fix in Order to Become Financially Successful

9 Biggest Money Mistakes Businesses Need to Fix in Order to Become Financially Successful

If you have your own business, you obviously want it to be financially successful. I’ve been in the accounting and auditing world for more than 10 years and have seen my fair share of businesses fail.      Businesses can fail because of simple mistakes or they can be more complex mistakes.      Let’s […]

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what to expect when you hire a bookkeeper for the first time

What to Expect When You Hire a Bookkeeper for the First Time

Should you hire a bookkeeper? Or should you just keep doing your own business bookkeeping (even though you really don’t have the time or even knowledge about what you are doing to keep doing your own)?      And if you are really honest with yourself, doing your own bookkeeping for your business just stresses […]

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How to Properly Set up a Business PayPal Account for Your Online Business

You’ve finally realized that you really do need to have separate bank accounts for your business and your personal money. It really does just make life so much easier having them separated. And it also makes your bookkeeping for your business that much easier too!     But now you don’t know how to set […]

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How to Use Last Year’s Numbers to Plan Your Business’s Profit

It doesn’t matter if you are planning out what you plan to sell for the upcoming holiday season, for next month, next quarter or next year.      When you look at the numbers from your profit and loss statement from prior months and years to plan for your upcoming months and quarters, you can […]

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Paying Yourself in Your Business

You started your business to make an income, whether it’s on the side or your full time income to replace a corporate job, you are in business to make additional money in your life to pay for your life expenses and enjoy your life even more.      So why would you not make a […]

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Do I Need to Have Separate Bank Accounts for my Business?

When you start your own business, do you have to have a separate bank account?      The short answer: yes.      But let’s dive into this a little bit more, plus let’s look at why you need to have a separate bank account for your business, instead of using your personal bank account […]

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sales tax 101 for online businesses

Sales Tax 101 for Online Businesses

As an online business owner, you may think that sales tax doesn’t apply to you. That could be true, but it could also be false. It all depends on what you do in your business, where you are located and your state rules and regulations.     Over the past few years, sales tax has […]

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when do you do your bookkeeping tasks

How Often & When Should You Be Doing Your Bookkeeping Tasks

Bookkeeping for your business is a task that you really don’t enjoy because it just doesn’t come easy for you. But you know that it needs to be done so that your business can stay successful, because bookkeeping means taking care of your money in your business.      Plus a lot of stress usually […]

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how to organize your business finances

How to Organize Your Business Finances

You know how important it is to have an organization system for your business finances. This system is not only important in the case of an audit, but it’s also important that you can easily find anything you need related to your finances when you need it.      Do you know how many times […]

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how to create a cash flow plan

How to Create a Cash Flow Plan for your Online Business

If money isn’t flowing into your business, then you really don’t have a business, do you? Plus, how can your business actually support you if it isn’t making any money?      Businesses are meant to have a cash flow, both in and out.      This means that you need to create a cash […]

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How to Make Your Online Business Recordkeeping Easy

Running your own business can be fun. You wanted a much more fun career than working for someone else for the rest of your life, right?      But the recordkeeping side of your business isn’t always fun either. And if you aren’t a numbers person, then the recordkeeping side of your business can be […]

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controversial pricing opinion

My Controversial Opinion on Pricing in Your Business

There is so much information out there today about setting prices in your business – what you should and shouldn’t do, how to set your prices, etc. But honestly none of that matters when it comes to your business.      First of all, this is your business. You are the one in charge.    […]

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What’s the Difference: Bookkeeper vs Accountant?

I know you’ve asked this before, what really is the difference between an accountant and a bookkeeper? And how can they help you in your online business?      I get this asked this question a lot because it can be hard to understand what the real difference is between an accountant and a bookkeeper.  […]

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