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Brian Paulson

Brian Paulson
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 serves on the board of directors for the Professional Association of Small Business Accountants.

Recent Posts

When Is the Best Time to Hire an Accountant for a Small Business?

Mar 15, 2017 10:31:15 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting

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For many small business owners, having a trusted accountant by your side can feel like a great burden has been lifted off your shoulders.

Knowing that you have a trusted professional to help you stay on top of deadlines and provide expert financial advice can give you peace of mind, but when is the best time to bring hire an accountant for your small business?

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What Does a Monthly Accountant Provide?

Mar 2, 2017 8:21:50 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting

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During this time of the year, it's not uncommon for small business owners to question if their annual accounting service's tax preparation and filing is enough to grow their business year-round. If you haven't already made the jump to monthly accounting for your small business, do you ever wonder what services are actually provided?

Annual accounting firms tend to offer limited services. They only deal with your finances when the year is over and aren’t in touch with your business operations in real time. In comparison, monthly accountants provide ongoing support, advice, and insight to your finances. The following article discusses different services that a monthly accounting firm can provide.

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How to Evaluate the Performance of Your Small Business Accountant

Feb 23, 2017 8:07:00 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business taxes, small business accounting

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It’s tax season again! You’re probably a bit stressed out by running your business and trying to gather annual tax information for your accountant at the same time.

When all the hard work is over, are you ever left wondering if your accountant brought enough to the table this tax season?

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Be Selective When Hiring an Accountant for Your Professional Services Company

Jan 31, 2017 9:33:56 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting

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Professional services companies have unique challenges when it comes to accounting. As a result, it’s difficult to find an accounting service that is flexible and knowledgeable enough to fit your needs.

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Own a Marketing or Ad Agency? Here's Why You Should Outsource Your Accounting

Jan 24, 2017 8:04:00 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting

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Marketing and advertising agencies run on all cylinders. Schedules are hectic with client work, and there rarely feels like enough hours in the day to address the internal operations of your business.

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5 Tax Deductions Every Real Estate Agent Should Know

Jan 17, 2017 8:06:00 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting

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Working in real estate takes a big investment of time and money. In conducting your business, it’s not always crystal clear whether expenses are deductible, which can lead to an overpayment of taxes.

Understanding your expenses will help you deduct appropriately and avoid overpaying on your quarterly and year-end taxes.

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How to Calculate Costs for Your Trucking Company

Jan 10, 2017 7:48:00 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business bookkeeping, small business accounting, trucking companies

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To remain profitable in the transportation industry is a challenge these days. Without a proper way to track and control operational expenses for your trucking company, you run the risk of going out of business.

One way to gauge profitability is to accurately calculate the cost per mile for each of your trucks. That way, you’ll have a better understanding of your expenses when it comes time to charge your customers.

With strong bookkeeping and accounting practices in place, calculating your cost per mile starts with your company’s expenses. In the transportation industry, expenses typically fall into three categories: fixed costs, variable costs, and payroll.

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Track Profitability at Your Machine Shop

Jan 3, 2017 8:02:00 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting, machine shops

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Some machine shop owners assume they know how much it costs to run a job based on gut instinct or because of their experience. Others simply rely on bank balances to measure the success of their business at the end of each month.

To run and grow a thriving machine shop, you should know which jobs are truly profitable, and which jobs didn’t make you money.

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7 Accounting Best Practices for Insurance Agents

Dec 20, 2016 8:04:00 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in insurance brokers

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As an insurance agent, you understand the importance of protecting one’s assets. That’s why your clients rely on your expertise when it comes to covering their vehicles, homes, businesses, and other important aspects of their lives.

Why not have the same protection for your agency’s finances? Professional bookkeeping and accounting helps you to avoid financial surprises and covers you when issues or opportunities do arise.

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15 Ways a Monthly Accounting Firm Can Help Your Small Business

Dec 15, 2016 10:05:21 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting

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Whether you’re taking the first steps in starting a small business, looking for ways to improve profits for your existing company, or exploring new opportunities for business growth, partnering with a monthly accounting service will help you plan for success.

Here's a quick list of ways a monthly accounting service will help you throughout the different stages of your business.

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