Do you struggle with keeping track of your Travel Mileage at your small business or startup? Do you find keeping track of your mileage to be a tedious task? I do. At the end of every year, I go through my calendar, note all the business events that I drove to, calculate the mileage using Google Maps, add up the miles on an excel spreadsheet (and I don’t drive nearly as much as many of you), and after multiplying by the allotted mileage reimbursement, I have entered a tidy business expense.
Are you a dentist who does work in exchange for IT services? Maybe you are a physical therapist who exchanges services with someone who does your social media. These are great examples of bartering.
It's all about the report! How often are you checking your books for accuracy? Reviewing a P&L (profit and loss statement) is a great practice to see how you’re netting out each month. But reviewing the GL (General Ledger) can quickly show you where something’s not adding up, or you've incorrectly entered data.
OOPS! 2017 is over and you forgot to do your bookkeeping. You are not returning your accountant’s phone calls because you don’t have the information that he needs to you’re your tax return for 2017. What should you do? You are not the only one. Every day we get a call from an optometrist or property manager who never kept any records last year. Here is what we do when faced with this dilemma.
Is one of your New Year’s Resolutions to make your business more profitable? Here is a list of action items (in order of importance) that will help your realize your goal. If you have an action item mastered, work on the next one.
Yes it is 1099 season! If you are a small business and don’t have bookkeeping support, what is the quickest way to get your 1099s out to the correct vendors?
Businesses are required to send a 1099 to:
- Service providers that you paid $600 or more
- Your landlord for the rent you paid
- All attornies even if they are incorporated
Who don’t you send a 1099 to?
- Suppliers of products like utilities or office supplies
The two easiest ways to file are:
December 31st is fast approaching and some advanced planning will allow for smooth year-end processing. Below are a few helpful dates to plan your activities.
If you haven’t already caught up, now is the time! Reconciliation puts a spotlight on accidental double entries and other errors. Make your life and your CPA’s life easier so you can address any potential write-offs or other items for your tax strategy. Reconcile those bank accounts!
I heard this advice at the JumpStart EXPO from a very successful entrepreneur. When it comes to small business bookkeeping there are two things a business owner should never do: