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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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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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How Good are Your Accountant's Communication Skills?

Jul 26, 2016 8:22:00 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting

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Communication is Key to a Successful Business

Your accountant should be an excellent communicator -- one who listens, educates and makes sure that you understand your financial responsibilities as a small business owner.

Are you and your accountant on the same page? Consider the following statements to evaluate your accountant’s communication skills:

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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 Change Accountants

Jul 12, 2016 9:22:00 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting, small business operations

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Decision to Change Accountants

Contrary to popular belief, changing accountants for your small business does not have to be difficult, time-consuming, or awkward. With the right approach, changing accountants can be easy; so don’t compound any issues by delaying the process.

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Thinking About Changing Accountants? Don’t Let These Fears Hold You Back

Jul 5, 2016 10:10:51 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting

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Trust Your Gut

If you’re already thinking about leaving your current accountant, you’re ready to move on. Don’t settle for inconsistent or lackluster service; the success of your business relies on timely and accurate bookkeeping, accounting, and tax preparation.

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4 Reasons to Outsource Accounting

May 12, 2016 10:00:00 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting

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Do you run a family-owned business? It’s hard work. You probably find there aren’t enough hours in the day, days in the week, weeks in the month, and so on. Owning and operating a small business certainly has it’s rewards, but the challenges of doing everything yourself can be near-impossible to maintain over time.

As a result, many small business owners have turned to outsourcing certain aspects of their operations. From website design and marketing to bookkeeping and accounting, outsourcing has become a viable way for business owners to carve out more time, improve efficiencies, and prepare for growth.

Although the first steps toward outsourcing can be time-consuming, the rewards of using outside professionals to streamline your back-office activities are compounding.

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Why are Balance Sheets Important for Small Businesses? [Infographic]

May 10, 2016 8:22:00 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting

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Balance sheets offer a quick view of a business’s financial health. Having the proper understanding of your balance sheet allows you to make decisions moving forward based on spending and earnings. As a major financial statement, a balance sheet shows information based on assets, liabilities, and equity.

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How Will an Accountant Help My Small Business?

May 5, 2016 8:42:59 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting, small business operations

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For every business, proper financial management is crucial for success. If you look up the reasons why many businesses fail, poor financial management is usually listed as a top contributing factor. While small business owners are usually experts in their respective fields, rarely are they accounting experts. This is where a monthly accounting service comes in.

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Preparing to Sell Your Small Business

May 3, 2016 8:43:00 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business accounting, small business operations

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You may be thinking about selling your small business, but you’re unsure about the process or best practices. Solid preparation is the key to a successful sale. But, where do you start? Important factors to consider are timing, reasons for selling, documentation, legal obligations, and determining if you need professional assistance moving forward.

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