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How eBooks, Pricing Guides, and Other Templates Can Help Your Business

Feb 8, 2021 3:34:30 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in restaurants, small business bookkeeping, small business accounting, automotive repair shops, small business operations

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You likely started your business because your entrepreneurial mindset was driven by your passion, not because you like performing financial tasks.

How can you reduce your time spent on financial tasks while maximizing your profits? Take advantage of the free resources available to you online, especially if they have been crafted by an accountant or payroll professional.

Luckily, CSI Accounting & Payroll offers a variety of free resources for small businesses. Let us help - your nightmare is our passion!

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The Delivery App Conundrum: Does it Cost My Restaurant Money to Go Online?

Apr 23, 2019 11:08:00 AM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in restaurants, small business operations

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We increasingly live in an age that is centered on convenience. Streaming services mean that fewer people go out to the movies, and car apps like Lyft and Uber mean that fewer people own vehicles. One space that has seen an online surge are food delivery apps. DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Postmates all advertise that they can get your favorite restaurant’s food right to your door, without you ever getting out of your pajamas.

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Chefs & Owners in the Twin Cities Explain What it Takes to Build a Successful Restaurant

Apr 28, 2016 8:54:15 AM / by Keane Amdahl posted in restaurants

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Editor's Note: Today's post is authored by Keane Amdahl. Amdahl is a food writer in the Twin Cities; his writing has been featured in City Pages, Thrillist, Eater, Lavender Magazine, and TC Food Finds. He also writes about the restaurant industry on his blog, FoodStoned.  CSI Accounting & Payroll provides monthly accounting services and payroll processing for small businesses in the Twin Cities, including many restaurants.


If there’s one true thing to know about any business, it’s that there’s no silver bullet or magic equation that will automatically make it successful; this is especially true of the hospitality industry. When your singular goal is to please as many people as you possibly can through your food, service, and ambiance, you can quickly find yourself pulled in a multitude of different directions. In fact, the hospitality industry is probably the only industry that proactively tries to shuck the old adage, “You can’t be all things to all people.”

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Spring Cleaning Your Restaurant’s Profitability

Apr 21, 2016 8:32:00 AM / by Burt Monroe posted in restaurants

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It’s good to see outdoor dining spaces opening at local Twin Cities restaurants this spring. Patios are getting swept, tables and chairs are receiving a power wash, and sun umbrellas are popping up along sidewalks.

All of the prep tends to move it’s way inside the building as management and staff are in spring cleaning mode. Don't let the momentum stop there. 

Annual tax hangover or not, now's the time to do some spring cleaning of the financial variety.

Doing so will allow you to trim expenses, identify new opportunities, and carve out more time to work on building profitability for your restaurant rather than being swept up in the day-to-day activities.

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Leap Year Helps Boost Restaurant Sales in February [Video]

Apr 12, 2016 8:22:00 AM / by Bob Warner posted in restaurants

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It seems as if that extra day in February this year may have been helpful for many restaurants, according to the National Restaurant Association's latest index report

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10 Tactical Menu Design Tips to Achieve More Sales

Apr 7, 2016 8:24:45 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in restaurants

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Menus have evolved over the years to serve multiple purposes -- be it branding and marketing, or setting the tone of the dining experience, menus are an important extension of your business and point of contact with customers. As a restaurant owner or manager, however, you shouldn't overlook the fact that your menu design can enable better sales, first and foremost. A pretty menu that highlights low-margin items doesn't add value to your business. 

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How to Reduce Your Restaurant's Energy Costs [Infographic]

Apr 5, 2016 8:22:00 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in restaurants

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Did you know that restaurants use 3-5 times more energy per square foot than other commercial buildings? All of that kitchen equipment, from the freezers and ovens to the water heaters and dishwashers, can certainly influence your utility bills.

By identifying energy wasters and best practices for managing your necessary equipment, you can increase profits via lowering your energy costs.

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Employee Onboarding Checklist for Restaurants

Mar 31, 2016 8:37:00 AM / by Burt Monroe posted in restaurants, small business operations

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Managing employees for your restaurant is a full-time job, especially when you have new hires joining the team. To get you and your new employee focused on the important aspects of training for success, it's great to have a simple onboarding checklist to get crucial paperwork completed for the employee's file.

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5 Tips for Restaurant Payroll Success

Mar 29, 2016 8:34:00 AM / by Burt Monroe posted in restaurants

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One of the largest obligations a business owner has is conducting payroll. Tracking, reporting, and executing payroll for your restaurant involves many tasks to ensure accuracy, timeliness, and compliance. Payroll duties should not be rushed; otherwise, costly errors may occur resulting in upset employees and penalties from government agencies. 

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3 Reasons to Pull Bookkeeping, Payroll, & Accounting Under One Roof

Mar 24, 2016 8:34:00 AM / by Bob Warner posted in restaurants, small business accounting

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You may be keeping the books for your restaurant in-house, which takes a certain number of hours each day, week, and month. You may also have someone on staff or in your immediate family handling the accounting needs. At some point, maybe you decided to outsource your payroll or you installed a new point-of-sale system to track hours. Shortly thereafter, as your business began to grow, you found another service to handle tax preparation and filing.

This type of piecemeal approach for handling your financials can sneak up on you in a hurry. And while you may be making the right decisions in the moment, such an approach is not ideal for long-term profitability and growth.

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