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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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Why Your Trade-Based Business Needs to Change its Hiring Policies Immediately

Apr 16, 2019 10:52:00 AM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in landscaping companies, construction companies, small business operations

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We’re in the midst of a construction boom. That’s great news for trade-based businesses, such as construction companies, electricians, and plumbers, but finding the talent to match the demand during these booms can be a huge challenge for any employer. 

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Why Doing Your Own Payroll is a Huge Mistake

Oct 24, 2018 7:02:00 AM / by Bret Asmussen posted in small business payroll, small business accounting, small business operations

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When you own a small business, it is imperative that you find ways to save money wherever you can. It’s not a matter of want; it’s a matter of need. You take pride in doing your own sales, your own customer service... heck, you might even shovel your own driveway. That’s why it makes perfect sense to do your own payroll, right?

Maybe not. Here’s why it’s a waste of time to sit in front of a blank spreadsheet with your head in your hands. 

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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, small business operations

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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 accounting, small business operations

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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.”

Great accountants provide valuable small business advice on money management, employment laws, profitability, and financing year round.

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5 Resources for Minneapolis Small Business Owners

Aug 11, 2016 9:37:13 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business operations

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The internet is full of online resources for small business owners, but the best resources cater to the local markets. To help you cut through the clutter, we've compiled a list of resources for small business owners in Minneapolis.

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3 Ways an Accountant Can Help You Secure a Small Business Loan

Aug 9, 2016 10:12:13 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business operations

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When you plan for a small business loan, you don’t have to go into it alone. You may have forecasts and solid research to support your loan application, but that won’t always ensure success. What do you do then?

Turn to your accountant to help you secure a small business loan! Do you know what your accountant can do for you? Here are three ways an accountant can help you secure a small business loan.

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Benefits of Outsourcing Payroll for Your Small Business

Aug 4, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business payroll, small business operations

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When it comes to managing payroll for your small business, you may be using your own accounting software. While the software offers the necessary features to comply with payroll regulations, the overall payroll process can be complex and time consuming, especially as you begin to hire more employees. Not to mention that mistakes in payroll are commonplace, and even a simple mistake can result in expensive fines.

 

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How to Increase Average Repair Order for Your Shop [Quick Tip]

Jun 9, 2016 8:17:00 AM / by Brian Paulson posted in automotive repair shops, small business operations

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Average Repair Order (ARO) is one of the most important indicators of a healthy and profitable automotive repair shop. Increasing and maintaining higher ARO allows your staff to work efficiently while making the shop more money in the process.

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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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