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Hiring Writers? Consider These Legal Issues.

Written by on Apr 14

As a business owner I hate thinking about legal stuff and contracts, but when you're hiring a writer you must consider legal ramifications.

When hiring a writer consider these things...
non-disparagement clause

Non-Disparagement Clauses In Service Contracts Could Stop Negative Online Reviews!

Written by on Apr 1

With the non-disparagement clause you could prevent crazy customers from hurting your online reputation.

The non-disparagement clause might save your business.
How To Start A Photography Business

How to Start a Photography Business

Written by on Mar 31

How Do You Start A Photography Business? What do you need? Where do you find it? We'll answer your questions in this article.

read on to learn about starting a photography business
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Interior Design Contracts Shouldn't be Confusing

Written by on Mar 24

Interior design contracts can be made easy to understand. A good contract will protect you from possible situations through communicating in advance how a situation will be handled.

interior designers, read this.
subcontractor agreements

Subcontractor Agreements, An Easy Explanation

Written by on Mar 14

Do you work with subcontractors? Do you use a proper subcontractor agreement that protects you from their mistakes? Read this easy explanation and understand your small business better.

Did your employee sign an agreement?
employee agreements

Understanding Employee Agreements

Written by on Mar 12

An employee agreement puts in writing what you expect from your employee, what to keep confidential and who owns the work they produce.

Did your employee sign an agreement?
Hiring A Collection Agency

Hiring a Collection Agency for Unpaid Invoices

Written by on Mar 5

Late invoices can kill your business, but when do you hire a collection agency? When do you send a demand for payment letter?

When is it time to hire a collection agency?
strategic decisions

Looking for Easy Wins in Strategic Business Decisions

Written by on Mar 3

Our successful company is the sum of 10,000 easy wins. An "easy win" is how we make strategic decisions, learn how we find the decision with the smallest loss result.

How we make decisions
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Make Invoicing Simple with InvoiceSherpa

Written by on Feb 18

If you're struggling to remind customers to pay invoices than InvoiceSherpa is the app for you. Of course it integrates with your favorite accounting software, LessAccounting.com

Invoicing can be simple, read on.
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Reducing Customer Churn Within Account Deletion

Written by on Feb 6

Customers delete their account for many reasons. How can you engage a customer before they delete their data?

Read how we've reduced churn.

Why We Bootstrapped Our Company

Written by on Jan 28

Funding vs bootstrapping is a question of who you want to positively impact. Yes, we're thinking smaller.

We're not trying to change the world.
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Home Office Tax Deduction Explained

Written by on Jan 9

Easy to understand small business tax tip on home office deductions. Home office deductions can be tricky. Our tax tip will help you navigate deductions around tax time. Be safe, IRS audits aren't fun.

Understand the home office deduction like a wizard!
small business tax tips

Small Business Tax Tips... What you can and cannot deduct.

Written by on Jan 6

Read our simple small business tax tips on deductions. Deductions can be tricky, learn more. Our tax tips will help you navigate deductions around tax time.

Small Business Tax Tips!
Demand For Payment Letter

Writing A Demand For Payment Letter to Collect on Past Due Invoices

Written by on Dec 9

Once your clients are late on their invoices each day you wait getting them to pay gets harder and harder. Here's how to write a simple demand for payment letter.

Get Paid With A Demand For Payment Letter
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Hire. Fail. Learn. Hire.

Written by on Dec 4

Read Craig's guest post telling their seven year journey of bootstrapping a company to seventeen employees and two saas products in Chicago.

Here is Craig's story.
i dont know

I Don't Know is Bullshit.

Written by on Nov 21

What is a valid reason to do something? When "I don't know" is the answer, the answer is really no.

Ask yourself why...
onboarding mistakes

Our Customer Onboarding Mistakes by Samuel Hulick

Written by on Nov 20

Samuel Hulick breakdown the mistakes of our onboarding experience in LessAccounting. Samuel gives us the play-by-play thoughts of a new user signing up for our software.

Learn from our onboarding mistakes
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Gail's Chocolate Story

Written by on Nov 18

Gail's chocolate story starts at being laid off from her state job. Learn about Gail's journey to chocolate.

Meet Gail, a Chocolatier.
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Common Tasks for a Small Business Lawyer

Written by on Nov 15

How can a lawyer protect your business? Here are many common places an attorney can help your business stay protected.

As a small business, are you legally protected?
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How To Find & Hire A Designer From Dribbble

Written by on Nov 14

Finding and hiring a designer is tough. Using Dribbble.com you can find several designers available to work in your price ranging using these easy tips. Make it easy to find a great designer in your budget.

Find your next designer on Dribbble.com, here's how.
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How Bootstrappers Can Compete Against Funded Startups And Get Customers

Written by on Nov 13

Being bootstrapped does give you advantages over funded startups. Read on and see how we compete with companies with millions of dollars of venture capital funding.

Here's how we compete against other well funded companies.
service business bootstrapping

There's No Myth, Only Years of Hard Work

Written by on Nov 6

Let's bust some myths of bootstrapping a web consultancy into a product company. Years of hard work, years of mistakes, years of running two companies before calling yourself a product company.

Bootstrapping and common myths.
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How to Hire a Small Business Attorney

Written by on Nov 6

How do you find and interview a small business attorney? What do you ask them? What are common issues you might have with them?

Learn how to hire an attorney.
service contracts

Understanding Service Contract Legal Jargon

Written by on Nov 4

Service contracts are scary and confusing. This article quickly explains the terminology within a service contract for designers, developers, marketers and other service based businesses.

Learn the terminology in a service contract.
service business contracts

Common Contracts for a Service Business

Written by on Oct 31

What contracts should you be using? Here are common contracts for a service business. Graphic design, web development and photographers here are some legal contracts for your business.

Contracts for Service Businesses...
paypal customer support

PayPal Customer Service is Painful, WePay is THE PayPal Alternative

Written by on Oct 30

Our newest integration partner, WePay, is a Paypal alternative. WePay is known for their ease of use and great customers service. We're excited to have them helping our customers get paid faster.

Learn about our integration with WePay.
Sales Action Plan

Our Sales Action Plan Creates More Paying Clients

Written by on Oct 28

Our sales action plan will help you land more paying clients by following these simple steps. It's easier than you think to create more sales for your business.

Learn our sales secrets.
business success

My Version of Business Success

Written by on Oct 25

I've lost sight of what I consider business success by allowing fragile, fleeting tech startups to warp my version of success should be. Read about what I consider business success.

Business success...my version.
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How We Hijacked an Entrepreneur.com Event Sponsorship for $500

Written by on Oct 21

For less than $500 we became the lunch sponsorship for an Entrepreneur.com event in Long Beach California. This article will explain how we hijacked this sponsorship to promote our product.

Learn how to hijack an event sponsorship
customer development

Learn about Customer Development, Acquisitions, Writing Better Emails from Colin of Customer.io

Written by on Oct 16

Customer.io has grown with $0 in paid advertisments. Colin Nederkoorn shares their customer development strategy and how they help app devs with transactional emails.

Watch this internview with Colin of Customer.io
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Should You Grow Your Freelance Business & Start Hiring Employees?

Written by on Oct 7

When should you grow your freelance business? Maybe you should say a freelance and not worry about growing. Here are many pros and cons to becoming a boss.

Learn the pros and cons of having a freelance business.
legacy creativity

Why Pixels Stopped Satisfying My Creativity

Written by on Oct 3

Pixles are fun, instant in gradification but the ability to iterate them and their lack of timeless creative value leaves me looking to create more things outside of pixels.

I must create more than just pixels.
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Drifting Thru Life

Written by on Oct 1

The life rut of drifting slowed my pace of creating. Drifting thru life kills my spirit. I must create a legacy.

Read about my restless spirit to create.
business writing processes

How I Write an Article, Going From Idea to Rough Draft

Written by on Sep 26

Writing articles is not easy for me, but I've found an accidential writing process that helps me. I'm not a writer, but I write.

Read about my accidential writing process.
blog editing

From Rough Draft To Published Article, Our Editing Process.

Written by on Sep 25

Taking an idea and making it into a rough draft is easy, but getting the article published and live is tough for many reasons. Here's how we take a rough draft article and get it published.

Learn about our editing process.
content development

SEO + Content Development, Simplified. The 3 Types of Articles We Write.

Written by on Sep 24

SEO and content development is not a mystery, here's 3 types of articles we write. Learn some of our secrets to getting traffic via blogging and search engines.

Learn what types of articles we write.
real profitable business

We're a Real Business

Written by on Sep 20

We don't run LessEverything like a "normal" software company. We're building a company that'll last for 20+ years. Prepare yourself for a rant about the wraped reality called the software industry.

Read this rant...
best software for freelancers

Best Software for Freelancers

Written by on Sep 19

The best software for freelancers are tools that save you time and frustration. Here's some new, affordable apps that'll help your freelance business.

New software that'll help your freelancer career.
going out of business

You're Going Out of Business, You Just Don't Realize It

Written by on Sep 18

What does a web consultancy look like when it's going out of business? Here's our warning about business.

See a common reason web businesses fail.
what is a statement of work

What is a "Statement of Work"?

Written by on Sep 17

This short article breaksdown the contents of a proper "statement of work" for a web design or web development company.

Learn to write a proper statement of work.
graphic design contracts

Graphic Design Contracts Explained

Written by on Sep 16

Contracts should never be scary, they're necessary in creative business. For a graphic designer, a contract will help you outline your upcoming relationship with your client.

Read this article to understand contracts.
bookkeeping tasks

Make Bookkeeping Tasks Easier With A Schedule

Written by on Sep 11

What tasks does a bookkeeper do for a small business? Bookkeeping shouldn't be scary, if broken down into bi-monthly bookkeeping tasks it's simple! If you keep up to date with your bookkeeping the data will help you steer your business.

Bookkeeping can be easy with a schedule!
resumes are worthless

Resumes for Programmers Are Worthless

Written by on Sep 3

Resumes are crafted to show you only good, exaggerated bullet points about an applicant. Resumes are worthless because there are better ways to judge an applicant.

Learn why resumes are worthless.
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How To Effectively Use Photography Business Cards To Increase Revenue

Written by on Sep 2

Are you photography business cards not being used effectively? Here's some tips to improve them and thus raise revenue.

Quick tips to effectively using business cards.
how we hire a developer

How We Hire A Developer

Written by on Aug 29

The interview process of hiring a developer is tough and hiring the wrong developer can cost you thousands of dollars. Here's how we hire our developers.

Read our method for hiring a developer.
relentless marketing

Become Relentless With Your Marketing

Written by on Aug 28

Here's an email I sent my sister who's starting a massage therapy business in Savannah Georgia.

Learn to become relentless at marketing.
qualifying potential clients

Qualifying Potential Clients To Save Time

Written by on Aug 27

If your consultancy or freelance business is growing then your inbox is filled with leads. Here's how to save yourself valuable time by qualifying leads.

Save time by qualifying client leads.

How Does Josh Pigford of Temper.io Do So Much?

Written by on Aug 22

Learn how Josh Pigford, a one-man shop, launches products with ease. Also meet Josh's pugs.

Watch the Deathray Powercast!
1099 vs W2

1099 vs W2, does your small business have employees or contractors?

Written by on Aug 20

As a small business owner knowing the difference between a w9 employee vs 1099 contractor is very important. It's a mistake that could cost you thousands or tens of thousands of IRS fines. Be careful, there are special rules for 1099 contractors.

Do you have W2 Employees or 1099 Contractors?

How Brad Miller landed AMC's "The Walking Dead" as a client

Written by on Aug 16

Brad Miller of LiftUX talks about how the company he cofounded is able to land big name clients like AMC, eBay and IFC.

Watch the Deathray Powercast!
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Boyette and Casey Hardware, Panama City Florida

Written by on Aug 14

When a business has 60+ years of life there's something is special about that business and the people behind it. Meet Boyette & Casey Hardware...

Meet this old fashion hardware store.
customer advocate

How we hired our first customer advocate

Written by on Aug 9

No one showed us how to hire a customer support advocate. Learn from our successful hiring experiment for your first customer advocate or tech support position in your small business.

Learn how to hire the right person.
pinball hall of fame

The Last Real Arcade In America, The Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas

Written by on Aug 7

The story of The Pinball Hall of Fame centers around a man and his love affair with pinball machines.

Meet Tim Arnold and his Pinball Hall of Fame.
global team

Selling a Global Team to Clients

Written by on Aug 6

Client leads often perceive companies with offices to be more stable than global teams. It's your job to showcase the benefits to them of a remote/global team.

How to sell a client on your global team
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Getting Sass or Scss Compass running on Rails 4

Written by on Aug 2

Rails4 is the new hotness in the ruby world, getting compass sass or scss setup has proven to be error proned and confusing. Here's a quick tip that stumped us for a few hours.

Easy steps to setup compass on rails 4
free photography contracts

9 Free Photography Contracts from Docracy

Written by on Aug 1

If you are a freelance photographer, you need to use photography contracts. No one enjoys researching contracts so this article is written to help you learn about photography contracts quickly.

Here's contracts photographers need...
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How to Write A Better Project Proposal

Written by on Jul 29

Learning how to write a project proposal takes years of mistakes. Learn from these industry experts and avoid confusing project proposals, jump start your knowledge on how to write project proposals correctly the first time.

Learn how to write project proposals.
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Examples of Business Proposals Mistakes

Written by on Jul 26

Here are examples of business proposals mistakes. Stop yourself from making these common mistakes that create confusion & hurt your business proposal acceptance rate.

Avoid these common mistakes.
business goodwill

A story of being a Mom Entrepreneur and living abroad, CultureBaby.com

Written by on Jul 24

If you like stories about foreign countries, first-time parenting and entpreneurship you'll love this interview. Read this interview with the founder of CultureBaby.com who is a full-time mom entrepreneur.

Read about CultureBaby.com and Natalia.
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Running a business on favors & Building business goodwill

Written by on Jul 23

Helping others has a real value. Being the person that helps others eventually creates an eco-system of business goodwill.

Learn how to business goodwill and the love will come back.
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How to Keep Outstanding Invoices From Killing Your Business

Written by on Jul 22

As a business owner you must avoid having a backlog of outstanding invoices. Clients who are properly managed will pay sooner and with less reminders. Here's some tips on handing outstanding invoices.

Outstanding Invoices Can Be Avoided, Here's How.
missed tax deductions

5 often missed tax deductions for small businesses

Written by on Jul 21

If you have missed tax deductions you're paying taxes that you don't need to. Here are often missed tax deductions for small businesses and freelancers.

Read these money saving tips.
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Summer Vactions - How to Save $$$ on Travel

Written by on Jul 18

As an owner of a small business you need to take time off for yourself, this job is stressful. Here's money saving tips for your next summer vacation.

Read these money saving tips.
building brand loyalty

An Example of Brand Personality

Written by on Jul 17

For bootstrappers building brand loyalty cannot be done by spending money on traditional advertising. Instead focus on introducing yourself to your customer, providing a great product and acting like a friend.

Appsignal is my friend. Read on.
Running A Small Business

Running a Small Business - I never knew it would be this hard

Written by on Jul 11

I was naive about running a small business before Steve and I created LessAccounting. I didn't know how hard it would be. Hard is such a vague word, I didn't know how much self-doubt and worry it would cause me.

Learn how running a business is hard.
Unique Value Proposition

What is Unique Value Proposition for a freelancer?

Written by on Jul 9

Discovering your Unique Value Proposition will make you more money. What is Unique Value Proposition? How do find it? Why is it important?

Make More Money, Here's How...
entrepreneur health happiness

What Can You Do?

Written by on Jul 6

Steve explains how we put limits on what we can achive because we doubt ourselves. Steve has a breakthru while focusing on running & health.

View full article.
front-end design conference

Price Increases - How to Raise Your Rates to Clients

Written by on Jul 1

With a price increase you could be making more money or the same amount of $$$ with less time working. If you ever felt like you could be making more money read this article.

Raising your rates is easy, use these tips.
entrepreneur health happiness

Entrepreneurs Take Care of Yourself First

Written by on Jun 26

As an entrepreneur taking time to relax is very important. If you're not feeling good than you cannot lead a team to build a great product.

View full article.
front-end design conference

We Love Front-End Design Conference

Written by on Jun 24

Each year Front-End Design Conference gets better and better. The 2013 event was the best ever. This year we provided a pizza lunch for attendees. We're proud to call our company head quarters home to Florida with cool events like these!

Read Why You Should Never Miss This Event Again!
Service-Oriented Architecture SOA

Service-Oriented Architecture SOA done right

Written by on Jun 24

Service-Oriented Architecture SOA feels like an old friend, but it's not. Read on to learn how flawed SOA is from it's core.

View full article.
free invoice makers

Free Invoice Makers, If You Like Working Hard

Written by on Jun 20

Free Invoice makers allow you, the freelancer, quickly make invoices. There are pros and cons to each free invoice maker online, read our reviews.

See the best Free Invoice Makers
accounting for startups

Our Workshop on Bootstrapping and Accounting for Startups

Written by on Jun 17

We host small workshops for entrepreneurs. Our casual workshops contain stories from the mistakes we made over the past six years.

Read on.
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LessConf The Musical

Written by on Jun 17

LessConf 2013 was magical, so legendary we had a music video made for the event. Beat that.

Watch Andy D get nuts at LessConf
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Collecting Unpaid Invoices The Easy Way

Written by on Jun 13

Unpaid invoice collection is a difficult situation that requires much tact to keep your relationship with your client in good standing. It's your money, go get it, here's how.

Learn how to collect unpaid invoices
facing my fears

How I'm Facing My Fears

Written by on Jun 6

Allan is finally taking speaking engagements. He's facing his fears... and you should too.

It's time to face fears.
cash flow problems

Cash Flow Problems Are Avoidable, Here's How To Avoid and Predict Them.

Written by on Jun 4

Business owners...Cash flow is the lifeblood of your business. Cash flow problems will break your business, addding stress to your life. Avoid these problems...here's how!

Avoid Cash Flow Problems With These Tips
entrepreneur events

Why Greenville Grok was a Great Tech Conference

Written by on Jun 3

Greenville Grok was a great event because of the share experiences among attendees. Other events take note, Grok gets it.

Read why Grok was a great event
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Quickbooks is the old standard

Written by on May 28

Accounting software shouldn't cause pain or frustration. Quickbooks error, bad tech support and an application that suites the needs of any small business.

Frustrated with Quickbooks?
business partners

Types of Conversations Between Business Partners

Written by on May 28

Communicating is one of the hardest parts in business. There are different types of conversations, here's how to identify them.

Read more and learn to communicate better.

Mr. T Warns Quickbooks Customers

Written by on May 23

I start each day by watching Mr. T video clips on YouTube. This morning we were inspired to make a silly spoof video.

Listen to Mr. T, he's a smart dude.
simple seo tips

How we are improving for search engines and social sites

Written by on May 21

After switching to Middlemanapp, we're getting LessAccounting's marketing site friendlier for search engines and social site. Here's what we're doing now.

What did Allan learn this week?

Parenting Milestones as seen by Allan and Steve

Written by on May 20

Our business hits milestones but here are some parenting milestones we see as parents of young children.

Have kids? We do!

what funding actually gets you

Written by on May 17

Funding is not the wrong path in business, only a different path. Read more and see what millions of dollars actually gets you.

Thinking of taking funding? Read on.
Business Proposals Template

Business Proposals Templates Help Close Deals

Written by on May 15

A clearly communicated business proposal is hard to write, there are many pitfalls, our template will help you write more effective proposals. More sales, more revenue by using our proposal template.

Our template will help you understand proposals.

be awesome and get a shirt

Written by on May 10

Are you a LessAccounting customer? If so, fill out the form and you will receive a garment that makes you...

Read on for some tips.
Accounting Tips for Small Businesses

Easy Accounting Tips for Small Businesses

Written by on Apr 6

For new small business owners accounting is scary, but do not fear...these simple accounting tips will ensure your bookkeeping success! Now you just need to worry about marketing, sales, legal and doing the work, yikes!

These accounting tips save time!

When Business Credit Cards Make Sense

Written by on Mar 14

If you’re self-employed or run a small business on the side, one of the most dreadful tasks at tax time can be sorting through your personal and professional expenses. Should you be using the same credit card for both? Or is it time to get a card which will be used exclusively for your business?

Read on to find out.
breakeven analysis

growing your business with the breakeven analysis

Written by on Feb 6

Here's another way of looking at your cashflow and growth. Sometimes it takes just a spark to make a change in your business, maybe this article is your spark.

Read on for some tips.
bookkeeping basics

Bookkeeping Basics for a Growing Business

Written by on Jan 16

Proper bookkeeping is a very simple, and easily avoidable, reason why some seemingly good businesses take a turn for the worse. It all starts with bookkeeping basics.

Read on for some tips.
Apps for Accountants

Best Apps for Accountants and CPAs

Written by on Dec 19

Don't work too hard just because you're unaware of these simple apps for accountants that make life easier.

Are you an accountant? We recommend these apps!

How Afraid Should You Be of the Fiscal Cliff?

Written by on Dec 4

Everywhere you look, you find someone talking about the impending doom of “taxmageddon” a.k.a. the fiscal cliff. Guest blogger Eric Butts, CPA, explains what to expect and what you can do to prepare.

Read on.
billable hours

Track Billable Hours With These Tips

Written by on Nov 26

Tracking billable hours can be a pain. No matter if you're a lawyer or graphic designer, tracking the hours you spend on client work is vital to your profitability.

Easy tips that make a difference.
bookkeeping help

Get Bookkeeping Help with LessAccounting

Written by on Nov 7

Your business could probably use bookkeeping help. Maybe you're overcomplicating your bookkeeping, maybe you need someone to handle some easy bookkeeping tasks. This article outlines various helpful bookkeeping tasks.

Maybe you need bookkeeping help?
Year End Tax Planning

Year End Tax Planning, Start Planning Now!

Written by on Oct 7

Start planning now for next year's taxes. A few quick and easy tips on minifying the pain of taxes. These tips could save you a ton of pain & stress. Year end tax planning starts now!

What is Year End Tax Planning?
facing my fears

Choosing Your Clients

Written by on Oct 6

Barrett Young is a CPA and a member of the THRIVEal CPA Network, and enjoys reading and playing guitar. He lives in La Plata, Maryland, with his wife and two toddlers, and they've been debt-free since November 2011. His favorite beer is Guinness, but he's always looking to try any dark microbrew.

Read on for some tips.
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Easy Estimated Taxes for 2013

Written by on Sep 12

The good news is estimated taxes can be made easy. Estimated taxes can be made simple, here's a quick guide to easy estimated taxes.

Read on for some tips.

quickbooks error code 6010 100

Written by on Sep 10

Quickbooks and their famous error codes 6010 100 which gets over 100,000 searches per month.

Learn about this Quicksbooks error code.
facing my fears

business planning really does help

Written by on Sep 6

What is a business plan and why do you need it? What does a business plan actually do? How to write a business plan?

Read more about business planning.

quickbooks error code 6000 305

Written by on Aug 10

You probably need help with Quickbooks and their famous error codes 6000 305 which gets over 100,000 searches per month.

Learn about this Quicksbooks error code.

cpas your pricing is confusing your customers

Written by on Jul 4

As a business owner our job is to ensure a potential client or customer can clearly and quickly understand our pricing and value. Here's something to consider.

Read on for some tips.
CPA vs Accountant

CPA VS Accountant...why hire a CPA?

Written by on Jun 11

CPA vs Accountant...what's the difference? Why hire a CPA? Here are some reasons to hire a licensed active CPA to do your tax preparation. Be an informed consumer.

What's the difference between a CPA and accountant?
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