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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

Hey, Small Business Owner. Why are You Still at the Office?

Sep 6, 2016 9:44:05 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business advice

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Break Tradition

If you’re like most small businesses, the bulk of the bookkeeping falls on the owner or another employee without an accounting background. And the actual work is pushed aside by more “important” tasks. It’s a tradition that’s hard to break.

As an example, a client of ours recently told us that he previously managed the books after-hours, when the standard workday was done, because that’s the way of life of a small business owner. You can check out the full case study here.

That’s what he learned from his parents, also lifelong small business owners. He admitted that he didn’t realize there was a better option out there. One that would allow him to focus on his business and spend more time with his family.

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Are You Using an Online Accounting Portal for Your Small Business?

Aug 30, 2016 8:35:09 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in online accounting portal

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Online accounting portals are a standard in today’s technology-driven business environment. However, some small businesses are still exchanging their information with their accountants the old fashioned way either by email or by handing off hard copies of paperwork.

That’s definitely not efficient for the small business owner or the accountant.

Online portal technology allows small businesses to conveniently and securely log in to their accounting firm’s website to access documents, tax returns, financial statements, and other important materials; upload files for their accountant, receive news and other messaging from the accounting firm; pay invoices; and even access online small business software.

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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

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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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Beyond Taxes: How an Accountant Can Provide Small Business Advice

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

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Small Business Advice

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.”

Comments aside, it’s crucial for small business owners to understand that some accountants provide more than just tax preparation. 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.

But just like some things in life, finances are just something you have to do, especially for a small business.

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