Category Archives: Business Finance

Are There Riches In Niches

In the beginning, we all take whatever business we can get. But after a while, you can start to identify who you like working with, the types of work you do, where you’re more profitable, your ideal customer, ideal division, ideal service… Many worry that if they niche, they will lose out on business because they won’t reach as many people. But actually it’s often just the opposite. When you take the time to niche, you’ll find that it simplifies your business and increases your profitability. Here’s why: Continue reading

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Protecting Your Business From Fraud

How safe is your business from fraud? While many worry about someone hacking into their systems, you’re more likely to experience embezzlement by a trusted employee. About 28% of small businesses have this unfortunate experience. So here are some checks and balances you can put into place both in procedures and in QuickBooks to limit opportunity for theft or discourage most employees from even trying. Continue reading

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Have You Been Hacked? How to Minimize Your Risk

Just about every day, we read in the news that another company has been hacked – including the big companies, like Home Depot and others. Perhaps you might have had your own social media account, email, website, network, or computer hacked. I know some who were victims of a ransomware virus. Worse, many of you have been hacked but don’t even know it. So how can you minimize the damage and risk of hackers? Here are several tips, some familiar, some not so familiar. Continue reading

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Is Your QuickBooks File “Insured”?

Computers and software are great when they work. But if your computer crashed or your QuickBooks file was corrupted and unusable, do you have a recent backup of your QuickBooks data file? QuickBooks provides two ways (actually, three) to create a copy of your QuickBooks data file. When is each appropriate, and how do you proceed? Continue reading

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Are You Prepared If Disaster Hits Your Business

Between storms and malware, many are learning the importance of backups and access. Hopefully, you’re already making backups of your data on a regular basis. It’s simple to set up data backups automatically and then forget about them until you need them. But have you ever looked around to see if there are any gaps in your backup strategy? Here are seven places to look to make sure all your business data is backed up safely. Continue reading

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Tracking Use Tax

If you have to collect sales tax, then chances are your report form asks you about use tax. Use tax is a sales tax on purchases taxable in your state but for which you were not charged. It’s easier to keep up with tracking as you go along, rather than waiting until the end of the report period, especially if you pay quarterly. So here are the steps to simplify your reporting. Continue reading

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Cash Flow Tools In QuickBooks

Most businesses have peaks and valleys, so business owners find monitoring cash flow is always important. Here are 5 tools in QuickBooks that can help you monitor your cash flow. Continue reading

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Secrets to Monitoring the Health of Your Business in QuickBooks

How healthy is your business? Many businesses just look at their profit & loss statement (aka income statement), but you could be missing out on some helpful information. If you’ve ever struggled financially, but your P & L shows a profit, these ratios can explain why. Lending institutions often use these ratios to analyze your financial statements as part of the loan approval process, so wouldn’t you like to know what they’ll see? Continue reading

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Have You Checked These Balances Lately?

The Balance Sheet is an important report in your business’s financial statements. Unfortunately, I find that many small businesses never look at this report. Usually it’s either because they don’t understand the report or they think it has nothing to show them in terms of profitability Continue reading

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What Your Profit & Loss Is Really Telling You

It’s year-end and time to review how you did. Gross Profit Margin and Net Profit Margin are two numbers you want to look at – they help you with both reviewing your numbers and planning for the upcoming year. Here’s what they are and how you can easily view them. Continue reading

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