Budgets

Why your Business Needs a Budget and How to Get Started

By Business Advice

Whether you own a business or run a household, budget planning is integral to fiscal well-being. But, why is a budget so important? Targets your Priorities A budget isn’t a secret; it can offer a way of targeting, and then setting, priorities for your business. Typically, these priorities are related to cash-flow, and how you will spend the resources that you currently have. It also demonstrates to all the members of your team what to focus on; for example, if…

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When You KNOW It’s Time to Outsource Accounting Functions

By Business Advice

When it comes to running your business, you may take the approach that handling as much as possible in-house is the way to save cash and “be lean.” But, many business owners find that it can be incredibly challenging to take on all of those additional duties, which might range from IT functions to filing taxes to payroll.  When it comes to handling your company’s full range of accounting services, you might be able to handle these internally for a…

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Preparing Your Business for the Effects of the Coronavirus – Emergency Business Planning

Preparing Your Business for the Effects of the Coronavirus – Emergency Business Planning

By Business Advice

With the rapid onslaught of the coronavirus already disrupting business operations in the U.S., there are three ways you can face the future: panic, do nothing, or plan. As we work with business owners through these tough times, we know the best way to do this is to plan, making the situation under your control as much as possible. By now you have probably read all the communication from your local, state and federal governments on how to prepare for…

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The CARES Act Opens Floodgates to Free Money for Businesses

The CARES Act Opens Floodgates to Free Money for Businesses

By Business Advice

The CARES Act has opened the floodgates to free money for busineses  Below are the basic details of loans available to businesses.  They are incredible unless regulations apply limits: This new law lets any business borrow 2.5 months of payroll, benefits, interest on loans and lease payments. The loan is made through a bank that is an SBA approved lender and is guaranteed by the SBA. Loan Is nonrecourse to the borrower. The loan is forgiven if you don’t cut…

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Key Questions to Ask When Looking for the Right Accountant for Your Business

By Business Advice

As a small business owner, you may be tempted to do as much as possible on your own, but you’ll soon find that this isn’t sustainable. Further, you likely didn’t go into business to read legal documents, stare at numbers, or fix technical issues, so it makes sense to get some specialized support.  While you’re doing what you do best, insurance agents, attorneys, IT specialists, and accountants can work behind the scenes to ensure that your business remains a well-oiled…

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Why You Should Separate Personal and Business Finances

By Business Advice

A lot goes into owning and operating a small business. It’s for those who dream, yes, but it’s not for the faint of heart. Among the many necessary business functions are the production of goods or services, marketing, sales, human resources, and accounting. Each of these has a connection to finances and there are two key truths about finances. First, you can’t be casual with finances. And second, personal and business finances, like oil and water, don’t mix well. To…

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10 Steps to Improve Your Company’s Culture for the Better

By Business Advice

Innovative marketing, quality products and services, and soaring sales are all factors in measuring the success of your business. But who makes that level of success possible? The answer is happy, dedicated employees who are committed to your company’s mission and values.  Your employees are the foundation of your operation. If they aren’t satisfied, your business will suffer. But, if they are engaged and feel supported, they’re more likely to be dedicated to excellence, and you’ll attract even more high-quality…

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Help Your Staff Become a Team

By Business Advice

It’s no secret that every great business is backed by a strong team of leaders and employees. There are plenty of apt sayings: two heads are better than one, or a bundle of sticks can’t be broken.  But what those sayings fail to take into account is that those heads (or sticks) may not always see eye to eye or work in harmony. But, when they do, some magical things can happen for your business. So, what’s the best way…

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Leaving a Legacy and Gifting your Heirs Today

By Tax Advice

When it comes to gifting, it may make more sense to do it now than wait until later. Gifting an heir now, rather than at the time of your death, can benefit you when it comes to tax time. Enjoy the lifetime exemption for an estate tax exemption when you give a gift. Giving away monetary gifts now reduces what you can transfer tax free when you die. Planning to give someone a gift? Here’s what you should know: There…

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