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In­-house Accountant vs. Annual Accounting Services vs. Monthly Accounting Firm

Aug 17, 2017 9:00:05 AM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business accounting

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You're either starting a small business and want to set yourself up for success, or you're ready to take existing accounting and payroll responsibilities off of your plate. Either way, should you hire an accountant for your business, take on an annual tax preparer, or outsource your accounting to a monthly service provider?

To help your business increase profits, cash flow, and growth, select an accounting option that is best suited to meet your business needs and help you achieve your goals.

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10 Small Business Accounting FAQs

Jun 1, 2017 2:38:21 PM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting

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We chat with a lot of small to medium-sized businesses in the Twin Cities regarding bookkeeping, accounting, payroll, and tax preparation services, and we’ve found that many owners have the same questions and pain points during the evaluation process.

Here’s a breakdown of the most frequently asked questions from small business owners during initial conversations with us.

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Leave Your Business Accounting to the Experts, Not a Family Member

May 11, 2017 7:50:00 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting

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The adage states, “family and business don’t mix.” However, the majority of businesses in the United States are family owned or family controlled. Creating a successful business takes hard work, determination, and trust, and accounting is often the most sensitive area of any business.

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Outsource Accounting and Get Back to Business

May 4, 2017 7:59:00 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting

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Dreams of owning your own company or starting your own business probably didn’t evolve from an inner passion to keep a general ledger or to prepare tax documents. You likely started a business to focus on something you love, but now you spend more time tracking reports and keeping the books than getting out and working on your business.

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When Is the Best Time to Hire an Accountant for a Small Business?

Mar 15, 2017 10:31:15 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting

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For many small business owners, having a trusted accountant by your side can feel like a great burden has been lifted off your shoulders.

Knowing that you have a trusted professional to help you stay on top of deadlines and provide expert financial advice can give you peace of mind, but when is the best time to bring hire an accountant for your small business?

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What Does a Monthly Accountant Provide?

Mar 2, 2017 8:21:50 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting

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During this time of the year, it's not uncommon for small business owners to question if their annual accounting service's tax preparation and filing is enough to grow their business year-round. If you haven't already made the jump to monthly accounting for your small business, do you ever wonder what services are actually provided?

Annual accounting firms tend to offer limited services. They only deal with your finances when the year is over and aren’t in touch with your business operations in real time. In comparison, monthly accountants provide ongoing support, advice, and insight to your finances. The following article discusses different services that a monthly accounting firm can provide.

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How to Evaluate the Performance of Your Small Business Accountant

Feb 23, 2017 8:07:00 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business taxes, small business accounting

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It’s tax season again! You’re probably a bit stressed out by running your business and trying to gather annual tax information for your accountant at the same time.

When all the hard work is over, are you ever left wondering if your accountant brought enough to the table this tax season?

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Be Selective When Hiring an Accountant for Your Professional Services Company

Jan 31, 2017 9:33:56 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting

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Professional services companies have unique challenges when it comes to accounting. As a result, it’s difficult to find an accounting service that is flexible and knowledgeable enough to fit your needs.

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Own a Marketing or Ad Agency? Here's Why You Should Outsource Your Accounting

Jan 24, 2017 8:04:00 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting

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Marketing and advertising agencies run on all cylinders. Schedules are hectic with client work, and there rarely feels like enough hours in the day to address the internal operations of your business.

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5 Tax Deductions Every Real Estate Agent Should Know

Jan 17, 2017 8:06:00 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting

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Working in real estate takes a big investment of time and money. In conducting your business, it’s not always crystal clear whether expenses are deductible, which can lead to an overpayment of taxes.

Understanding your expenses will help you deduct appropriately and avoid overpaying on your quarterly and year-end taxes.

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