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    The First Step to Starting a Small Business or Startup

    Step 1: Set up a Business Checking Account

    You have a wonderful idea for a new business. You have tested your idea and it is going to work. You have even roughed out a budget and the idea is financially viable.

    New business owners forget one crucial step – setting up a checking account for their business. Even if you do not yet have an Employer Identification Number (EIN) you can set up a separate account under your Social Security number. 

    How to Make Your Small Business Profitable

    Every business owner is concerned with being profitable, particularly in this pandemic. Profit is not just the money you put in the bank. You need to cover the costs associated with being in business (rent, payroll, taxes, supplies, etc.). The amount left over is your profit margin. While there is no magic formula for making your small business profitable, there are several things you can do to increase your profit margin.

    How Vacations Make YOU Profitable

    It is known that most Americans leave several days of vacation on the table each year, but what about the business owners? We rarely break away from our beloved business for evenings and weekends, let alone a few weekdays. Pride and passion drive our vision, mission and ideally a strong bottom line. And this year, with normal vacations being cancelled and many people operating out of their homes full-time, it may be more important than ever to just give your mind a little space.

    Here are few reasons why you should give yourself permission to vacation:

    Small Business Financing - Is Crowdfunding an Option?

    There are a lot of options for financing your small business. You can opt for the traditional method of a loan via a bank. Alternatively, you could take advantage of crowdfunding.

    When is it Time to Fire a Customer? A Bookkeeper's Perspective

    There will likely be a time when you are dealing with clients that may be negatively affecting your business.

    These are some of the red flags you should notice:

    Client doesn't Pay on Time:

    Anything over 90 days is a big red flag. Slow payment reduces your profit margin. This client may not be as profitable as you think. The more time it takes to pay you, the more likely your client will forget the great work you did for him or her. Your client is paying at least a few of their bills. Make sure you are one of them.

    The 4th Quarter Stretch: How to Finish the Year Strong

    It’s that time of year, rounding out the fall season and sliding into the last few months of the year. We get lost in the day to day work and those unexpected events. Take a moment to take stock in what you and your business have right now and see where you are compared to where you started the year.

    Pitfalls to Avoid When Setting up QuickBooks Online

     The selection process for deciding which bookkeeping tool is best for your business can be tedious and challenging to decipher in terms of features and benefits. If you've landed on QuickBooks®, congratulations! You've chosen what we at BudgetEase consider a necessary and highly effective tool to help make YOU more profitable!

    How To: Organize Financial Information Without QuickBooks

    If you have a very small company with only a couple checking or credit card accounts (designated solely for your business) and don’t want to pay for QuickBooks, how can you keep track of your financial records?

    You can use an excel spreadsheet to record your sales and expenses.  

    4 Ways to Safeguard Your Start-up Company Against Theft

    So you started a business and you have hired a couple people, rented space, and are working on marketing it. Congratulations! You put your heart and soul and countless hours into the making of your dream. Of course you trust yourself, but can you trust those around you? Many start-up companies don’t even think about safeguarding their business until it is too late.

    Areas to Safeguard

    1. Your Physical Space

    Do you have a cleaning crew? Does your landlord have a key to your office? Anyone having access to your office can browse unlocked files, unsecured computers, desks, etc. Keep your valuable information safe and project that security to your employees as well.

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