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3 Services Your Business Needs to Thrive

Sep 1, 2015 9:05:00 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting

Starting your own business is exciting. You’re your own boss, you get to do what you love, and you’re building something unique. However, you’re also working 16-hour days trying to keep all your bases covered.

The tough reality: most new businesses fail in their first 18 months. To keep your company from going under when you’re just starting out, you’re going to need strong allies in your corner. Three essential services can help you be more efficient and successful: professional accounting, payroll, and tax preparation.  business_services

Three Essential Services

Service #1. Monthly Accounting

If you’re not receiving an accurate profit and loss statement and balance sheet every month, you should be. Reconciling your accounts monthly and keeping your records up to date saves you financial headaches later on, and fully understanding your cash flow can show you ways to improve profitability.

A monthly accounting service provider can do all of this, plus provide you with expert financial advice in real time. They don’t just do your taxes at the end of the year; they work closely with you to achieve your financial goals throughout the year.

Service #2. Payroll

Outsourcing your payroll comes with numerous benefits. Here are just a few of the values it offers you:

  • More free time to advance your business

  • Less hassle dealing with tedious, complicated payroll software

  • Security knowing your payroll process is handled externally, not by an employee who may quit and leave your business hanging

  • Reduced costs by working with an external payroll professional

  • Zero risk of IRS penalties for filing incorrectly - payroll services are guaranteed

Outsourcing your payroll makes life simpler all around, making it one service your business shouldn’t be without.

Service #3. Tax Preparation and Planning

Taxes are stressful and difficult. A tax professional lifts the burden from your shoulders. By working with an expert to plan for your taxes throughout the year, you’ll save yourself a tax day headache and minimize the amount you owe. Tip: use the same firm for your tax preparation and accounting. Keeping your financials and tax planning under the same roof will streamline your operations and save you time.

The right partners make all the difference for your company. By building relationships with trusted consultants who understand your business needs, you improve your efficiency and your chances of long-term success.

Contact us to learn more about our monthly accounting services. We offer true financial partnership for your business that includes ongoing support and profitability guidance.

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Brian Paulson

Written by Brian Paulson

Brian began working at CSI in 1996, and he purchased the business in 2002. As Owner, his primary role is in the management and growth of the firm. Since 2002, the firm has more than quadrupled in size. In 2009, Brian started CSI’s payroll service to complement CSI’s accounting and tax services. Brian received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota, with a double major in Accounting and Financial Management. He’s a member of both the National Society for Tax Professionals and the National Society for Accountants, and he serves on the board of directors for the Professional Association of Small Business Accountants, where he was once president. Brian also serves on the business advisory council for Opportunity Partners, an organization that helps people with disabilities find employment. He’s also contributed to several business books, including Six Steps to Small Business Success and The Lean Mean Business Machine. Fun Fact: To help put himself through college, he used student loans, delivered pizzas, and worked summers in a salmon processing plant in Alaska.