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Should I be doing my own bookkeeping and accounting? Is QuickBooks the best software for me to use in my business, or is there another accounting software I should be using? What’s the best way for me to process my payroll? How can I track my money and cash flow? How do I prepare for my business taxes? What do my financial statements really mean? How can I bring my business to the next level? How can I grow my business? What is the best way to create my business strategy? How can I add bookk ...
 
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When you own a business, you know you need to have your bookkeeping under control. There are many options available to have up-to-date bookkeeping, but you may be wondering which solution is best for you and your business. In today’s podcast episode, I am covering what you should be looking for in a bookkeeping solution and if QuickBooks is the bes…
 
There are many things to consider when you are thinking about doing your own bookkeeping for your business. The main things to consider are your knowledge and your interest in bookkeeping. If you’ve been debating about whether you should do your own bookkeeping for your business, or outsource it to someone else, right now is the time that you need …
 
Reconciling your accounts will make sure you have all your transactions accounted for each month, but when you have transactions that have not cleared the bank, you need to make sure you are taking care of these as well so that you don’t have incorrect data in your financial statements. It’s important to clean these items up in a timely manner so t…
 
To ensure your coaching business is profitable, you need to make sure you are setting your bookkeeping as a priority. It doesn’t matter if you are a life coach, business coach, sales and marketing coach, financial coach, weight loss or health coach, relationship coach, or any other type of coach. If you want your coaching business to be successful,…
 
Do you dread working on your bookkeeping for your business? Have you neglected it, and now it seems like a project you’ll never be able to tackle? We all know how essential it is to have accurate and timely financial statements so that you can make sound business decisions, but your bookkeeping doesn’t have to be dreadful. If you take some pretty s…
 
Understanding and having control of your personal finances is extremely important when you have a business. There may be instances in your business when you need to inject personal funds into the business if you are having issues with your business meeting its cash flow and financial needs. You need to know if you can indeed afford to put these fun…
 
When you don’t have a big budget for marketing, like when you are just getting your business started or you’re not bringing in the sales you originally expected, it’s important to take advantage of low-cost marketing options and marketing you can do on your own. The good news is that as a business owner or solopreneur, you know everything about you…
 
As a business owner, you want your business to be successful, and that may mean growing your business or maybe even scaling your business. There are many business owners who think that growing and scaling your business are the same, but in fact, there are some pretty significant differences. In today’s podcast episode, I am walking you through the …
 
We are all given the same amount of time each and every day, and what you do with it is ultimately your decision, but if you are wasting your time on something that isn’t helping you reach your goals or the level of success you are looking for in your business, it’s time to really take a look at where your time is being spent and make some changes.…
 
Starting your own business and making sure you are profitable is a dream many of us have. Determining whether you will be an entrepreneur or a solopreneur is one of the first things you should consider when starting your business. Many people believe these two are the same, but there are some pretty major differences between the two. In today’s pod…
 
When you are utilizing a computerized software system to do your bookkeeping, it will save you time if you are taking advantage of all the bells and whistles it has to offer, but how do you know that everything is getting classified in the proper accounts? One of the tradeoffs you have when you are using functions such as bank feeds and automatic d…
 
A leader is someone who has a strong vision and leads a group of people or a team towards that common goal through inspiration and motivation. Knowing what motivates you as a leader, as well as where your strengths and weaknesses are within your leadership skills so that you can continue to learn and improve these skills, will ultimately help you b…
 
Focusing on your customer’s experience will not only help you increase sales in your business, but many businesses thrive on referrals from happy customers as well. By understanding exactly how your customer is experiencing your product or service, you’ll be able to capitalize on what you are doing right and improve what you could do better. In tod…
 
Being intentional is all about knowing what you want and then taking action to follow through so that you reach your results. Most successful business owners are super intentional about what they do in their businesses and why they are doing each of the tasks they say yes to. In today’s podcast episode, I’m diving into the best strategies to be int…
 
If you want to increase your sales, one of the first places you should be looking at is how much you believe in your product, service, or offer. When you genuinely believe that your product will benefit your customer, you’ll find that marketing and generating sales will come more naturally. In today’s podcast episode, I cover not only why you need …
 
Whether you are a business owner or a bookkeeper, you’ve probably heard about automated bookkeeping. Automated bookkeeping uses artificial intelligence, or AI, as well as machine learning to help speed up your bookkeeping tasks. In today’s podcast episode, I dig deeper into what automated bookkeeping is and how you can start utilizing these practic…
 
You want to be able to rely on your financial statements so that you can make smart business decisions, but how do you get these accurate financial statements? You need to account for all the money coming in and going out of your business. You need to ensure that you have all your entries in your business recorded. You need to make sure that you ar…
 
Doing your own bookkeeping can be stressful if you consistently wonder if you are doing it correctly. It can be lonely if you have questions but don’t know who you can ask. You could be spending more time than you need to if you are not taking advantage of automations or technology to help you be more efficient. In today’s podcast episode, I’m answ…
 
Did you know that entrepreneurs or business owners have a greater risk of struggling with their mental health than non-business owners? Taking the leap to start your own business, investing your finances, and pushing yourself to reach the goals you set out for your business can all contribute to these more significant risks. Your mental health is a…
 
Strategy and a well-thought-out plan can help you and your business achieve the impact and success you set out to accomplish when you first started your business. Having a plan will keep you on course and avoid potential pitfalls you may find yourself experiencing when you don’t have a plan. When you have a well-thought-out plan, even if it is only…
 
Patience is a virtue. Owning a business means you need to really hustle to be successful, and practicing patience may not be something you’ve thought about much in your business, but by being patient, you may just start to see better options you have available for your business. There will be many times in your business when you will need to plant …
 
Setting limits and boundaries in your business helps to prevent burnout in your business, especially if you are a solo entrepreneur and you are doing everything in your business on your own. You need to take time to enjoy your personal life as well, but many business owners have a hard time delegating or allowing others to help. I get it, it is har…
 
Every business owner wants to make sales. Generating sales and incurring revenue so that you have the funds you need to pay for your expenses and have enough net income so that you can enjoy the fruits of your labor is the dream of most business owners, but when you lose your focus on sales or are unsure how you should be getting additional sales, …
 
Keeping up with your bookkeeping will not only help you with your compliance tasks, such as filing your tax return at the end of the year but having this financial data will help you make smart business decisions. In the first episode of this week’s five-episode podcast series about common mistakes business owners make, you’ll learn about the most …
 
Learning about your competition will help you to gain sales by making sure your product goes above and beyond what your competition has to offer. Competition isn’t bad; in fact, understanding precisely who your competition is will help you determine if your business is on the right path to success. In today’s podcast episode, we will cover who your…
 
Using your passion for boosting profits in your business is key to your happiness and success, but you need to know how to propel your passion into your business. Focusing on what excites you and putting that energy to work for you to create a profitable business takes work, but when you have passion behind your every move, you are able to push thr…
 
You can have the most in-depth business plan and create the best strategy for your business, but if you don’t take action, you’ll never reach the dreams you have for your business. You want to make sure you are taking the right actions in your business and staying consistent with your actions so that you create the momentum you need to propel your …
 
Having a clear business plan and strategy in place so that you know the direction you want your business to go is one step in the process of reaching your goals as a business owner. When you take these strategies and develop milestones for each of them, you will be crystal clear on your next steps to success. Creating your business milestones will …
 
One of the biggest mistakes business owners make when they are starting their business is to mix their business and personal funds together. It may seem like this is the easiest and most straightforward way to manage their business finances, but in reality, it creates additional work and complexity for the business owner, which is a costly mistake.…
 
Much of the success or failure of your business will depend on your business mindset. The process in which you think about things in your business form your beliefs. When you believe that you will succeed, you will create actionable steps to bring those beliefs to reality. Everything that you think about has an impact on your business, so you want …
 
Your employees or independent contractor expenses are likely one of your highest expenses in your business and as a smart business owner, you want to make sure you are monitoring these expenses to ensure maximum efficiency. Over the last few years, your business may have had the need to shift to a more remote or virtual workforce. Many business own…
 
As a business owner, you are always looking for ways to save time in your business, but you want to make sure you are not cutting corners in one place and causing additional problems down the road. This holds true when you are doing your bookkeeping as well. I always tell my clients when they are setting up their bookkeeping systems to make sure th…
 
When you think about how far you’ve come in your business, do you feel proud of yourself? Most business owners will answer this question by thinking not really or talk about where they need to go in their business as they dismiss the question so that they don’t feel like they are being annoying or overconfident with themselves. It is easy to comple…
 
Obtaining credit for a business, is critical so that they can borrow additional funds if needed. Establishing and building business credit is essential for any business owner, whether they are looking to expand and grow their company with financing or even if they don’t intend on utilizing any financing. By establishing a good credit history with l…
 
As a business owner, it is important to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to tax preparation. You want to make sure that you are ready for any unexpected decrease in expenses or increases in income so that you don't have any surprises when it comes time to pay your taxes. The rules and regulations change every year, and if you are not prepared …
 
Whether you set goals at the beginning of the year or you have resolutions you have promised yourself you’d do in the new year, now is the time to make sure you are on track so that you can follow through with your goals and resolutions for the remainder of the year. I’m sure that you’ve heard that most people will quit their resolution after just …
 
When you own your own business, you are always learning something new. Making sure that you have a team to support you where you are lacking skills or lacking the time to devote to certain tasks will not only help you sleep at night, but you will have the confidence knowing that your business is operating at an efficient level. In today’s podcast e…
 
When you want to be successful, you need to make sure you are taking advantage of every minute of your day. Some people make their success seem so simple. Most successful entrepreneurs follow a routine that they know they can stick to on a consistent basis to get the results they ultimately want to achieve in life and in their business. In today’s …
 
If you have a business or you do bookkeeping for business owners, you know now is the time you need to wrap up your year-end financial statements. If you’ve heard the phrase closing the books, this is exactly what it means. You simply make sure you have all your money coming in and money going out of your business recorded and reconciled so that yo…
 
Understanding your numbers and keeping up to date on your finances is key to the success of your business. When you actively keep a pulse on your business finances, you will certainly make better business decisions. If you have a fear of numbers or are afraid to do your bookkeeping or unsure how to generate your financial statements you can't keep …
 
I’ve been getting quite a few messages from business owners saying that they are struggling to create a budget for their business. Some are just getting their business up and running and others have been in business for a few years. Either way, having a budget for your business will allow you to dictate how you want your money coming in and out of …
 
With the end of the year coming to a close, you want to make sure that you have everything done correctly in your business, right? One of the many important year-end tasks is to make sure that you are correctly paying and classifying wages. There are many different entity types that businesses can be set up as and depending on how you’re your busin…
 
When you own your own business, it can be difficult and lonely at times. You most likely feel like every single decision that you make is essential to the success of your business, but you don’t know if you are making the right decision, the wrong decision or even if it is the right time to make these decisions. This is common among entrepreneurs a…
 
Have you ever heard about the W9 form? It is an important form and more than likely, you’ve either had a request for this form, or you yourself may be requesting them from your vendors. This form is used to collect information about others but knowing in advance that you need to request this information will not only save you valuable time, but it …
 
We are coming to the end of another year and it’s time to really look closely at your finances so that you are prepared when it comes time to file your taxes. Today I am talking about a common misconception when it comes to figuring out what your taxable income is. Many business owners will take a look at their business bank account and think this …
 
When you are thinking about starting a bookkeeping business, you first want to make sure that being a bookkeeper is right for you, and you need to know what a bookkeeper does. To do this, make sure you check out episodes 55 and 57 in this bookkeeper series. One of the next things you start to wonder about is how much will it cost to start a bookkee…
 
I know that there are times when owning your own business can be hard. It is easy to focus on negative thoughts and things that are not going quite like you had hoped in your business, but have you ever thought about changing your thought process a bit? Did you know that gratitude is scientifically proven to promote happiness, improve your mental a…
 
If you are thinking about starting a bookkeeping business, and you know that you have what it takes to be a bookkeeper, but you are just not quite sure about what you would do as a bookkeeper, this episode is for you. Being a bookkeeper may sound intriguing to you, but do you ever wonder if you would be able to do the tasks required of a bookkeeper…
 
When you own your own business and you have employees, or you are planning on hiring employees, you need to have a basic understanding of payroll. You must have this understanding whether you are going to process your own payroll, or you are going to hire someone to do your payroll for you. You, as the business owner are ultimately responsible for …
 
If you are one of my regular listeners, you’re probably wondering why there is an additional episode this week. Well, today I have something special for you. I’ve decided to do an extra series of podcast episodes for bookkeepers, but don’t worry, my normal weekly podcasts will drop at their regular times. I know that the listeners of this podcast a…
 
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