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10 Red Flags to Watch for When Reviewing Bank Statements

December 12, 2011 by Ed Becker

What’s the danger in not reconciling bank accounts regularly? Many small business owners simply log into their bank’s website for a quick review of cash balances instead of reconciling their accounts. Below, I’ll give an example of how relying on this quick case review can be a $100,000 mistake. Plus, I’ll give you 10 “red […]

Ring in the New Year With A Year End Small Business Accounting Tune Up

December 9, 2011 by Ed Becker

As a small business owner, you know that December isn’t just about holiday festivities and the holiday season. December is also another small business accounting season. It’s when you need to compile and prepare year end documents for your CPA, so he or she can file everything for you before the upcoming deadline. Which accounting […]

Get Ready for Year End – 1099 time!

December 6, 2011 by Ed Becker

December Small Business Bookkeeping Tip All businesses are required to give a Form 1099 to any service provider that the business paid for services provided during the calendar year. The deadline to issue 1099’s is January 31, so now is the time to make sure you have all W-9’s completed with current addresses and tax […]

Why CPA Firms Should Outsource Bookkeeping Services

December 5, 2011 by Ed Becker

Most CPA firms are looking for ways to expand and obtain additional clients. In this competitive market, some CPAs are offering additional services including insurance products, investments, financial planning, human resources and outsourced bookkeeping. Each situation is different, but one underlying fact that firms should consider is how to hire and train bookkeepers while still […]

The Pain of Small Business Bookkeeping & Accounting

December 2, 2011 by Ed Becker

Many small business owners view bookkeeping and accounting as necessary evils, frequently asking these questions: Who has the time? Doesn’t my CPA handle this? How do I control my overhead costs? How can I grow my business if I do not have useful information to make decisions? We have no cash. Why? How do I […]

Small Business Cash Flow: How to Improve It?

November 28, 2011 by Ed Becker

Cash flow and profitability are not the same thing. Understanding the difference is critical for the health (and survival) of your small business. Many small business owners run their businesses by watching there bank balances, but this can be a recipe for disaster because they are not considering key items like outstanding checks and loans. […]

How to Keep Your Business and Personal Finances Separate

November 18, 2011 by Ed Becker

4 Bookkeeping Tips for Staying Organized As small business owner, the bookkeeping procedures you stick to can either help you stay organized or contribute to a feeling of overwhelm. These four simple bookkeeping tips are easy to implement and can help any small business owner stick to the “stay organized” track:

Why Outsource Your Books

October 18, 2011 by Ed Becker

Successful businesses utilize experienced outsourcing services as an innovative, cost-effective way to bring top professionals “in-house.” Outsourcing significantly reduces overhead while maintaining and often exceeding the level of quality personnel they can afford to hire. Outsourcing allows business owners to: Concentrate on what they do best: generate revenue and grow your business. Significantly reduce the […]