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Marketing – Building Content to Reach Customers with your Blog

Last week I encouraged you to build a blog around your business and build your expertise, gaining credibility and loyalty, and increasing your business' exposure in your industry. Building on that article, I would like to discuss how to go about building content to reach customers with your blog. This is a more practical blog focusing on some specific strategies and areas you need to clue in on … [Read more...]

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Before Payroll Part 8: Setting up Independent Contractors in QuickBooks

Two weeks ago I shared with you how to set up employees in QuickBooks, but what if you have 1099 independent contractors? Last week discussed how you determine if a worker is a 1099 independent contractor or an employee? Today I would like to go into how you go about setting up independent contractors in QuickBooks. Before I do begin, I would like to let you know how and why this falls under … [Read more...]

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Accounts Receivable Part 2: Customer Transactions in QuickBooks

I started off this series with showing to how to add a Customer in QuickBooks. This article is Part 2 of the Accounts Receivable series and will discuss Customer Transactions in QuickBooks. This article is designed to give you an overview of the Accounts Receivable Cycle, the Types of Customer Transactions, and how these transactions interact and link to one another. Accounts Receivable … [Read more...]

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Business Formation – Best States for a Small Business

A question that I often get from current or potential small business owners is "What are the best States for a Small Business?" This question is often asked with two focuses in mind - financial/accounting (tax and fee expenses and friendliness to small businesses), and legal reasons. To the legal reasons and risks of setting up your business in one State over another, I will defer to the lawyers … [Read more...]

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Marketing – Why Build a Business Blog?

Are you trying to grow your business? Are you working on building your customer base? Looking for ways to provide value to your customers and increase their loyalty to your business? I would like to submit to you that a blog can help you answer all of these needs in your small business, no matter what type of business you have. Why build a business blog? I would like to share the following reasons … [Read more...]

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Before Payroll Part 7: Employee or Independent Contractor?

Last week I shared with you how to set up employees in QuickBooks, but what if you have 1099 independent contractors? (1099 refers to the IRS filing at the end of the year, similar to a W-2 for employees) How do you determine if a worker is an employee or independent contractor? Today I would like help you answer that question and obtain the documentation you need to back up the right working … [Read more...]

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Accounts Receivable Part 1: How to Add a Customer in QuickBooks

Today I am jumping into a new series on Accounts Receivable in your business. I would like to start off at the beginning by showing you how to add a Customer in QuickBooks. Many businesses do not use the Customer functions in QuickBooks due to their business (retail for example) where this information isn't very important. However, if you have a business where a Customer will be paying you at any … [Read more...]

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Business Management – Being Your Own Boss Part 2

Continuing on from Being Your Own Boss Part 1... this post will discussĀ building your environment, scheduling your time, and measuring your progress. Building Your Environment As your own boss, you have the luxury and responsibility of establishing your own working environment. Instead of being subject to your employer's ideas or limitations, you get to choose what your environment will look … [Read more...]

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