5 Warning Signs That Your Accounting Software Is Too Much for What You Need

When shopping for the best accounting software, there is a common misconception among many business owners that more is better - that even if you don't need all the bells and whistles that come with big-time software, get as much as you can afford and maybe your business will grow into it. The reality is, not only are you throwing money away by overbuying on accounting software, but you could actually hurt your bookkeeping process specifically and your business in general. Look for these sign...
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5 Necessary Step to Take When Building Your New Business Office Building

It is a thrilling process when you get to design your own office building from scratch. Although it is very exciting, it can also be very disappointing if the finished building fails to live up to your expectations. That is why it is so important for you to carefully plan every aspect of your new office building. When you are in the midst of this planning process, make sure to follow these five steps to help the building turn out well. Hire the Right Architect The most important part of the pr...
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Cooking the Books: 5 Steps to Hiring an Honest CPA for Your Business

A certified public accountant (CPA) is a professional who is certified by the state to practice accounting. Hiring a CPA is important when you want someone who proves the ability to get the job done. However, not every accounting provider is honest in the job application. There are 5 steps that you must follow to hire an honest, ethical CPA for your company. Education Every profession has educational requirements. Education is the first qualification that many employers want to see. If you a...
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Improving Your Business – 4 Ways To Streamline Your Payment Process

A small business owner should strive to accept payments with ease. This will enable the organization to bring in revenue and keep the business afloat. In reality, this is the most important aspect for a small business owner who wants to improve cash flow and expand market share. With that being said, here four ways to streamline the payment process so a business can make more money and improve the customer experience. Repeat customers A business should set up a recurring payments plan for curr...
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How to Start a Home-Based Manufacturing Business on the Web

You might normally think that starting a manufacturing business will require you to rent a warehouse in an industrial neighborhood to produce and store your product. But these days there are other options that allow you to start on a smaller (and more affordable) scale. If, for example, you have started selling something you make locally, to neighbors or through boutique stores, and you want to expand your business, you might want to think about starting a website in order to reach a larger audi...
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Tax Write-Offs: Making Sure You Stay Legal

Benjamin Franklin once said, "Nothing is certain but death and taxes." While that's not exactly true, the most quotable Founding Father in history makes a good point. Don't cheat on your taxes. It's immoral, it's super illegal, you'll almost certainly get caught, and the penalties - which can include time in federal prison - dramatically outweigh the short-term gains. Write-offs, or deductions, are where many people get into hot water. Questionable write-offs can trigger an audit, and audits ...
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4 Things Business Bloggers Can Learn from Popular Vloggers

The top video logs, or vlogs, have millions of regular viewers. They range in content from cancer survivors documenting their struggles to comedians lampooning current events. They can make you laugh, make you think, and even shape national discussions. But you're a business blogger, and you shouldn't be concerned with mental junk food like vlogs, right? Not necessarily! (Hey, even the CEO of HEI Resources, Charles Reed Cagle, has a YouTube channel.) Online success is online success, and thes...
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Facebook: Is its Value in the Business World Disappearing?

Many small business owners rely on the cost-effectiveness of social media venues to help them market their businesses. Since changing its algorithm over a year ago and shifting its focus to advertisers, Facebook has fallen a few notches in the eyes of the business world. What used to be a go-to venue for business promotion and advertisement is being taken less seriously today by those in the business world. Likewise, fewer people are finding Facebook to be of value to them in comparison with ...
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Using Custom Promotional Items to Get the Word Out About Your Business

Print, TV, and radio advertising used to be the standard way of getting your business's name out there. Although web and word-of-mouth marketing has become more valuable than ever, there's another way to promote your company to potential customers: promotional items. Choices range from simple, inexpensive items such as pens, magnets, and even coffee mugs to bigger investments like T-shirts, blankets, and logo mats. According to an article in the New York Times, American businesses spend $2...
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Hiring an SEO Expert for Your Business: Yay or Nay?

If you run a small business, you want to make sure that everything about it is in tip-top order so you can have the most success possible. While you may be very well versed at what you do (after all, that's why you're in business, right?), there are some aspects about your business that you may not know how to handle. If your website needs help with optimization, you may want to call in a professional to help you out...or do you? There is no doubt that if you want your business to be noticed,...
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