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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 an Accountant Can Help Your Salon

Nov 29, 2016 8:06:32 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in salons


Running a successful salon requires more than simply pampering your guests. It takes careful planning, proper financial guidance, employee management, and tax saving strategies to ensure profitability.

Whether you own a hair salon, tanning center, full-service salon, or a corner barber shop, you receive income for services. You may also receive income for products, booth rentals, and commissions. Financial obligations could include a lease, payroll, product costs, equipment, insurance, and licenses.

Partnering with a monthly accounting service helps ease the burden of bookkeeping, payroll, and tax preparation, giving you more time to work on your business.

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Accounting Tips for Engineering Companies

Nov 22, 2016 8:05:16 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in engineering firms

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Engineering companies face complex issues from clients. The corresponding accounting can be equally as challenging. Depending on the size of your firm or company, you may have different questions or concerns.

Keeping on top of your accounting is not as straightforward as some other small businesses. Not only is it common to work on a number of projects at the same time, but some projects may be priced by the hour, while others are priced per project. As a result, maintaining steady cash flow is not an easy task.

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3 Accounting End-of-Year Checkups for Your Dental Practice

Nov 15, 2016 9:08:15 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in dental offices


How healthy is your dental practice?

Just as you advise patients to schedule regular checkups to maintain a healthy smile, you should also schedule financial checkups for your business, especially during end-of-year preparations and plannings. Run through this easy checklist with your accountant to find out where your business is heading.

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5 Cost Saving Tips for Distributors

Nov 8, 2016 8:14:00 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in distributors


The distribution industry has changed dramatically over the last decade. New technologies, changes in the economy, and labor challenges have some small distributors scratching their heads, looking for solutions to save money and increase revenues.

One area which small distributors can improve cost savings in is their supply chain.

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Steps for Choosing an Accrual Method of Construction Accounting

Oct 25, 2016 8:58:21 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting, construction companies


Accrual Methods of Construction Accounting

Choosing a permissible method of accounting for tax purposes for your construction business involves classifying your contracts and business. As your construction business grows and changes, you may benefit from using a different method of accounting.

You should review the following three steps every year to ensure that you are using the right method of accounting for your construction contracts.

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Basic Types of Small Manufacturing Costs

Oct 11, 2016 7:59:12 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in manufacturers


Small manufacturing companies that produce products have additional cost factors to consider compared to retailers and service providers.

Common manufacturing costs include four basic types:

  • Raw materials
  • Direct labor
  • Variable overhead
  • Fixed overhead

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Should Law Firms Outsource Accounting?

Oct 4, 2016 8:25:00 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting, law firms


Law firms face many financial obstacles that impede their growth and ability to provide a better service. Issues include:

  • Monthly financial reports
  • Difficulties with profitability
  • Tracking time and billing
  • Payroll
  • Tax Preparation and filing

You’re in the business of navigating the law for clients, not accounting and paperwork. Bookkeeping and accounting activities should not interfere with your primary responsibilities to the firm.

To stay focused on your clients, consider outsourcing accounting to professionals with experience in your industry.

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Healthcare Accounting Services Provide Security for Your Practice

Sep 27, 2016 8:20:00 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in healthcare services


More and more medical groups, including small practices and home healthcare, are tapping accountants for expanded services. Why? At the end of the day, a medical practice is a business.

Having accounting and payroll services by your side builds a solid foundation for evaluating the health of your business and provides access to financial tools to make informed decisions on important benchmarks in the healthcare industry. In addition to handling the basics, like bookkeeping, monthly statements, payroll, and taxes, some accounting services also include structured business advice on compensation trends, profitability, and operating budgets.

Not all accountants, however, are created equal. Finding the right fit for your practice is a crucial step in the process.

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3 Ways Accounting and Payroll Services Save You Time and Money

Sep 13, 2016 8:15:00 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business payroll, small business accounting


As a small business owner, you should be consistently looking for ways to improve operations, increase profits, and reduce unnecessary spending. One option that should be considered is to hire accounting and payroll services to save you time and money.

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5 Bookkeeping Tips For Small Businesses

Aug 25, 2016 8:23:02 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business bookkeeping, small business operations


Accounting can be one of the toughest activities for small business owners, especially for those who don’t have a background in bookkeeping. Following a few simple bookkeeping tips throughout the year, however, can make it much easier to track expenses and file taxes when the time comes.

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