Is Competition Good for Business?

By | Small Business Advice

Competition always exists in a healthy business marketplace. It is the rivalry between firms who are trying to secure the attention and sales of their goods and services from the same customers who are being pursued by another firm. Competitors, often many more than two parties, seek to increase their revenue by growing sales and market share. Business leaders sometimes tire of dealing with competitors. Wouldn’t business be easier without them? As American newspaper columnist George Matthew Adams stated, “There…

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Business Support Strategies Help Clear the Fog

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Business success requires three things: vision, a strategic plan, and effective execution. Easy to say but difficult to deliver. According to author Bill Hybels, “Vision is a picture of the future that produces passion.” Strategy is defined as the plan of action developed to achieve an aim or vision. And visionary inventor Thomas A. Edison completes the triad by stating, “Vision without execution is delusion.” What is Vision and Why is it Important? Vision is simply an image or picture…

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Year-End Tax Planning Advice

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Everything we do is focused on the core belief that we succeed in life by helping others succeed. This letter is one complimentary piece of our intense planning and research effort throughout the year to help in your success.  Feel free to share it with anyone you know who could benefit.     What changed with the IRS as a result of COVID? COVID drastically changed the way the IRS does business and they are still trying to adapt and…

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Outsourced Accounting – It’s a Good Thing

By | Accounting Advice, Small Business Advice

If outsourcing sounds foreign and undesirable, think again, because it’s actually a very good thing. Outsourcing has become quite popular in the United States as it is world-wide, and outsourced accounting is a major go-to tool for small to medium-sized businesses. What Is Outsourced Accounting? Outsourced Accounting is the process of using an outside of the company or third-party resource to perform accounting and financial functions that otherwise could be accomplished in-house. According to a survey by Clutch, 37 percent…

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Accounts Receivable—What is That?

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Accounts receivable is the amount of money owed to a business for sales of goods or services on account (on credit) and it represents an amount of cash that will be received at a near-future date. This category of current assets is typically among the largest assets on a company’s balance sheet. Cash flow is frequently described as the “lifeblood of a business” and accounts receivable can aptly be called a key part of the “blood flow.” Why are Accounts…

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1099 Filing Requirements Have a New Form this Year

1099 Filing Requirements Have a New Form this Year

By | Accounting Advice, Small Business Advice

Every business owner’s favorite: the 1099 filing requirements.  Business owners must understand there is a new form when preparing 1099 forms this year.   Every year business owners must file a 1099 form reporting nonemployee compensation paid to subcontractors, etc for all types of services.  Here are four things you should be aware of as a business owner:   Many businesses chose to ignore this filing requirement and just not file 1099s.  Just be aware the maximum penalty for not…

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How to Keep Current with Cash Flow

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Cash flow is simply the flow of funds into and out of a company. The cash flow statement is the essential summary of the cash coming into a business including sales, collecting accounts receivable, investments, and loans. And it reflects the funds going out of a business including accounts payable, operating expenses, payroll, sales and marketing expenses, and loan repayments. Cash is a current thing, not a yesterday thing, and not a tomorrow thing. As American businessman and author Robert…

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Ready, Set…AUTUMN Accounting Readiness

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We’ve all heard the old quotes about time like “Time waits for no one,” and “There is no time like the present.” It is true that time matters a lot. And in business, the time taken to plan and prepare in advance is critical to achieving success. It is amazing to think that the autumn season is already upon us and that means that it is indeed time to make important financial preparations as the end of the year approaches….

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How to Make a Great First Hire

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Hiring just anybody is easy. Simply see if they can “fog a mirror.” Yet, hiring the right person, especially the first hire for a small business, may not be easy but it is crucial. It is crucial because a business owner should want the hire to fit, to contribute, and to stay contributing. As Lawrence Bossidy, author and former COO of General Electric said, “I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At…

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How Can My Business Really Save Money?

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The primary purpose of every business is to make money; to generate a profit. If there is no return on effort and on a business’s investments, the business will surely die. There are clearly two major ways to generate profits: increase revenue and decrease cost. A key solution to control and reduce business cost is outsourcing, a widely embraced practice where a business hires a party outside the company to perform services that could otherwise be performed inside the company….

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