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Brian Paulson

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.

Recent Posts

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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Accounting and Bookkeeping Tips for Cleaning Services

Dec 13, 2016 8:38:14 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in cleaning services

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Accounting is a significant part of running a small business, but sadly, many entrepreneurs are not prepared to keep and organize proper financial records. Regardless of your level of experience in the cleaning industry, you need to be conscious of managing your business and cash flow.

The following five accounting tips will help you clean up your books, and keep you on the right path moving forward with your cleaning service accounting and tax obligations.

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Need Accounting for Your Childcare Center? Here's What to Look For.

Dec 6, 2016 10:17:10 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in childcare facilities

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Corralling the little ones on a daily basis at your childcare center can surely be exhausting. At the end of a busy day, are you left with more accounting work than you can handle?

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