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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

Beyond Taxes: How an Accountant Can Provide Small Business Advice

Aug 23, 2016 10:24:36 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting, small business operations

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Small business owners often overlook the importance of partnering with a good accountant until they find themselves spending too much time in the back office crunching numbers at the end of a long day.

We tend to hear comments from new clients along the lines of, “I wish I made the decision to work with an accountant sooner” or “I didn’t realize what accounting services included beyond tax prep.”

Great accountants provide valuable small business advice on money management, employment laws, profitability, and financing year round.

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4 Finance Tips for Small Business Owners

Aug 18, 2016 8:57:18 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting

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As many small business owners may admit, finances may not be their strong suit. Entrepreneurs tend to be “big picture” people that tackle big problems and develop big visions. “Big picture” people, however, typically don’t like to stare at financial spreadsheets, while spending hours entering in expenses by hand.

However, finances are just something you have to do, especially for a small business. So for those of you that want to make you finances a little more tolerable, here are 4 finance tips for small business owners.

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8 Tips for Your Small Business Payroll

Aug 16, 2016 11:53:42 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business payroll

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Small Business Payroll

Small business payroll can be a time-consuming and stressful task for a small business owner, especially if you run payroll in-house.

According to the National Business Association 2015 Small Business Taxation Survey, 1/3 of small businesses spend more than $6,000 per year on the administration of payroll and payroll taxes. Regardless of the size of the small business, it’s important to have a payroll system in place to protect you from IRS penalties and to ensure your employees are paid on time.

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5 Resources for Minneapolis Small Business Owners

Aug 11, 2016 9:37:13 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business operations

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The internet is full of online resources for small business owners, but the best resources cater to the local markets. To help you cut through the clutter, we've compiled a list of resources for small business owners in Minneapolis.

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3 Ways an Accountant Can Help You Secure a Small Business Loan

Aug 9, 2016 10:12:13 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business operations

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When you plan for a small business loan, you don’t have to go into it alone. You may have forecasts and solid research to support your loan application, but that won’t always ensure success. What do you do then?

Turn to your accountant to help you secure a small business loan! Do you know what your accountant can do for you? Here are three ways an accountant can help you secure a small business loan.

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Benefits of Outsourcing Payroll for Your Small Business

Aug 4, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business payroll, small business operations

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When it comes to managing payroll for your small business, you may be using your own accounting software. While the software offers the necessary features to comply with payroll regulations, the overall payroll process can be complex and time consuming, especially as you begin to hire more employees. Not to mention that mistakes in payroll are commonplace, and even a simple mistake can result in expensive fines.

 

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Top 3 Small Business Accounting Mistakes

Aug 2, 2016 8:38:50 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting

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Working with small businesses in Minneapolis and beyond, we’ve seen our fair share of accounting mistakes by owners and operators. Most of these small business accounting mistakes are simple to correct, but even easier to avoid (once you’re aware of them).

Cut out mistakes before they happen!

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Matrix Pricing for Auto Repair Shops [Template]

Jul 28, 2016 8:22:00 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in automotive repair shops

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Matrix pricing is a system that uses multipliers to determine the selling price of a part used in a repair order.

Many auto repair shop management systems have the capabilities to program a parts pricing matrix, but they are not always used to the fullest extent or not programmed properly based on strategic calculations. 

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10 Signs Your Small Business is Ready for Accounting Services

Jul 19, 2016 8:22:00 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting

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Focus on Your Business

As a small business owner, you may think that you can’t afford to hire an accounting service. Think about how long it takes to do the accounting activities for your small business on a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly basis. As your business has grown, can you say it’s a valuable use of your time?

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How to Measure the Productivity of Your Automotive Technicians [Quick Tip]

Jul 7, 2016 11:19:18 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in automotive repair shops

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Stay Profitable, Not Just Busy

You’ve got a good crew and operations seem to be smooth at your auto repair shop, but something isn’t quite adding up on the bottom line. Although everyone seems to be busy working, even on days when the car count isn’t as high as you’d like, you are not hitting your profit goals.

Superficial productivity checks don’t cut it these days. To have an accurate picture of your crew’s performance, there are certain data points you should be measuring.

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