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How Can a Small Business Budget For Variable Expenses?

Sep 23, 2021 1:52:09 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business accounting, small business operations

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Budgeting for your small business would be much easier if it only required adding up your fixed expenses. However, when you throw in variable expenses, it can be easy to go over budget. How can you expect the unexpected and get a more accurate idea of what you should be spending?

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The Application Portal Opens Next Week for the Minnesota Main Street COVID Relief Grants Program

Sep 14, 2021 10:32:08 AM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business taxes, small business payroll, small business accounting

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Minnesota Main Street Covid Relief Grants Program will grant $10,000 - $25,000 to several thousand Minnesota businesses that can prove a financial loss due to COVID-19. The selection process is random, and the online application portal will only be open for 10 days - are you ready?

Here, we'll cover what you need to have prepared, when the portal opens, and if you qualify.

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Act Quickly, Minnesota Small Businesses! You May Be Eligible for Main Street COVID Relief Grants

Sep 8, 2021 2:00:54 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business taxes, small business payroll, small business accounting

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Here comes the Main Street Covid Relief Grants Program! Grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 will be given to Minnesota businesses that can prove a financial loss due to COVID-19. The selection process is random, provided the applicants are eligible, and we're looking at several thousand businesses being chosen.

The online application portal is set to open sometime in September for 10 days only - are you ready? Let's see if you're eligible.

NOTE: The application portal is open as of 10:00 a.m. on September 20, 2021. It will only be open for 10 days!

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Which Small Businesses Are Now Eligible to Apply For the ERC (Employee Retention Credit)?

Sep 3, 2021 12:02:14 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business taxes, small business payroll, small business accounting

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The ERC is a great COVID relief effort, so why aren't there more eligible small businesses applying?

In this blog post, we discuss what it is, how it's expanded, and if you're eligible. Most importantly, we talk about how CSI Accounting & Payroll has helped applicants in the past (and can help you as well!) - no hassles, no worries.

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Is It Worth It to Outsource Small Business Accounting and Payroll With a Local Firm Instead of a National Provider?

Aug 16, 2021 1:06:08 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business taxes, small business payroll, small business accounting

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When you run a small business, you're usually working with a tight budget. This means that many small businesses tend to purchase supplies and services from large, national providers, even when they want to support their fellow small businesses.

Often, it's a misconception that national providers cost less than small businesses - or if they do, they certainly don't give you the same bang for your buck. We're here to walk you through the differences between the cost and value of larger companies versus small businesses when it comes to outsourcing your financial activities, such as accounting and payroll.

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How to Measure the Best KPIs For Your Small Business

Jul 27, 2021 11:59:59 AM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business accounting

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When you run a small business, there are tons of numbers involved. A lot of owners are focused on the basics like sales and expenses, and they trust their accountant to handle their statements. While an annual tax accountant can give you a reflection of your last year, you might not have a deeper understanding of what each line on your financial statements means.

Here are the KPIs (key performance indicators) you should be tracking year-round for your small business.

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The Top Pros and Cons of Different Small Business Accounting Solutions

Jul 20, 2021 4:26:51 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business bookkeeping, small business accounting

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When selecting the best accounting solution for your business, are you considering all three categories of small business accounting? In this blog post, we will discuss hiring an in-house accountant, working with an annual tax accountant once a year, and outsourcing a monthly accounting service.

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Which Accounting & Payroll Solutions Are Best For HVAC Businesses?

Jul 12, 2021 1:38:00 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business payroll, small business accounting, construction companies

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As the owner of an HVAC business, you know the importance of maintaining an accurate inventory and professional staff to satisfy your customers' heating, ventilation, and air conditioning needs. This is something that's critical year-round, so when do you find the time to settle down and handle your accounting and payroll? Have you ever considered outsourcing them to save you time and help you avoid costly mistakes?

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Best Accounting & Payroll Methods for Mental Health Practices

Jul 9, 2021 1:42:54 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business payroll, small business accounting, healthcare services

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When you own a mental health practice, your main goal is to help your patients have a brighter future. After focusing on treating the different things that cause them discomfort or distress, you don't want to slow down enough to put in the extra hours that accounting and payroll require. Have you ever considered outsourcing them to save you time and help you avoid costly mistakes?

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How Summer Accounting Slips Hurt Small Businesses During Tax Season

Jun 29, 2021 12:25:13 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business bookkeeping, small business accounting

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It's summer! For a lot of people, that means time taken away from work for fun in the sun. Unless you're putting in the extra hours to make up for that, some things can fall behind. A common slip for small businesses is their accounting. Is it possible to catch up in time for tax season?

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