What is the first thing I should do when I start a new business?

We get this question all the time. Immediately keep your business and personal expenses separate by opening a separate bank account and credit card. Even if you don’t have a tax id number for your business yet, have separate accounts. Read more here. 

Do I really need a budget?
Yes. A great way to get to your destination is with a map. A budget helps you formulate that map. QuickBooks makes the process of putting together a budget and then tracking your progress a snap.
What should I pay my bookkeeper?
Here is a survey of what bookkeepers are charging.