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    Kathy Dise

    Kathy has over 30 years experience helping small businesses succeed. As a commercial lender, commercialization expert and now as a QuickBooks diamond level advisor, Kathy understands the challenges small business owners face. Her experience helps business owners quickly accomplish their financial goals. As the owner of BudgetEase, Kathy works with clients to develop a plan to efficiently process 1,000s of small transactions so owners can make informed decisions. She lives in Shaker Heights, OH with her husband Ralph and enjoys golf, curling and walking in Cleveland’s fabulous Metro Parks.

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    Spring Cleaning for Your Business: Go Paperless!

    You've started spring cleaning your home and yard, but what about your office? Consider a paperless office as part of your spring cleanup and organization. There are benefits as well as incentives to going paperless and every dollar bill counts in today’s economy.

    How Do I Love Thee? An Ode to My Bookkeeper.

    As Valentine's Day approaches, we think of those we love. We buy them chocolates and diamonds and maybe go on a date. This year, the one I love is my bookkeeper. But, since I'm a small business owner, I need to be smart about my expenses and my bookkeeper understands that. So I will profess my love here in words. So, how do I love thee, bookkeeper? Here I count the ways:

    7 Steps When You Hire The First Employee at Your Small Business

    One of the most exciting things a small business owner will do is hire their first employee.

    Here are a few tips when you do so:

    1. Budget for the Addition

    How to Improve Your Profitability (Done Backward)

    I hear regularly "I want to improve my profitability."

    Here is the P&L from a company that improved their return on sales to 20% from -3.6% the prior year:

    5 Ways to Be More Efficient with Your Books

    Small business owners wear many hats, and it's easy to let things slip through cracks (like that great marketing campaign you were going to do for the holidays). It's nothing to feel bad about... when priorities shift, your attention and time needs to as well. There are plenty of tasks that can be tabled, but there are some that border on dangerous when delayed, and bookkeeping is one of them when you get too far behind. When you let it pile up, the details start to slip and are harder to reconstruct. So, we thought we'd share a few of our sagely tips that seem to be useful in keeping the time spent tracking your finances as efficient and effective as possible. 

    Best of the Best - Top 10 Blogs from 2019

    We share a lot of information with our readers because, frankly, there's a lot to talk about when it comes to finances and it's our favorite topic! Here we've compiled our most popular posts of 2019 so you can be sure you didn't miss them!

    Bookkeeping Tips for the New Year

    Before you know it, the holidays will be here, filling up the calendar with more to-dos and festivities. Don’t put off the year-end planning details of bank reconciliations and estimated tax payments until the last minute. We advise all business owners to provide a clean version of your financial records to your accountant on or before November 15. Save yourself the stress and start the cleanup now!

    How to Better Prepare for This Year’s 1099 Season

    Did you scramble to find copies of your vendors’ W9s last year? It’s time to prepare to make the job easier for this year. Here are some tips that can proactively help you slide through next January with ease:

    The Cost of Bad Bookkeeping

    Many small businesses choose to do their own bookkeeping for a variety of reasons, including perceived cost savings. Others hire a cheap bookkeeper or hire inexperienced staff to cut costs. The truth is, bad bookkeeping is costly; here is why:

    Cash Flow Basics

    Do you know where your business’ money is going? If not, it’s time to look further. A great way to find out is by using the cash flow statement, or statement of cash flows. Along with the balance sheet and income statement, the cash flow statement will identify where your revenue is coming from and where it’s going.

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