3 Mistakes That Strangle Growing Businesses

Businesses want to grow and help a larger audience, but too many make mistakes that cripple their growth. Even worse, they keep repeating them! Don’t do the same; avoid the blunders outlined below. Hiring Toxic Personalities Businesses hire more staff as they grow. But if they expand too quickly, they will feel pressure to fill positions on their team, even if the job candidates have a few personality flaws. While…  Read more

You’re Getting Audited — Now What?

No business owner looks forward to a letter from the taxman requesting a closer look at the books. If you’ve received an audit letter – an official request by the tax authority to review your accounts and confirm your taxes have been paid to date – don’t panic. Prepare. These four steps will help you get through the process with minimal stress and the best possible outcome. Respond promptly If…  Read more

Are You Falling Behind By Not Automating These Business Activities?

The daily processes and transactions involved in operating a business can mean long hours of repetitive tasks and occasional oversights due to human nature. Automating these tasks can result in significant savings in resources and eliminate mistakes caused by human error. The key, however, is to know which tasks should be automated and which ones warrant staff intervention and guidance. Let’s take a look at some of them. Here are…  Read more

10 Tips to Help Small Business Owners Get Paid Faster

Steady, reliable cash flow is crucial for the survival of any small business – so taking steps to ensure your customers pay promptly should be a key priority. When your clients consistently pay on time, you’ll avoid the dreaded “feast or famine” cycle. You’ll be able to pay your vendors, suppliers, and employees on time – and not least of all, yourself. Implement these ten tips now to start getting…  Read more

What are the Warning Signs of Employee Fraud?

Billing schemes. Skimming. Check tampering. Employee fraud is a real risk for entrepreneurs of fewer than 100 employees. In fact, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners 30% of fraud cases take place in small businesses. This article will help you identify the most common signs of fraudulent activity before an unscrupulous employee destroys your business. Identifying high risk employees When an employee has something to hide, their conduct…  Read more

4 Ways to Make your Business Easier to Sell

Perhaps you’d always planned to build a thriving business to eventually sell for a tidy sum – or maybe for unexpected personal reasons it’s best to let your company go sooner rather than later. No matter what the reason for selling your business, experts agree: it’s best to be prepared well in advance as it can take years to complete a successful sale. These four tips will help you get…  Read more

What to Do if You Fall Out With Your Business Partners

It’s been said that a business partnership is a lot like a marriage, and the comparison holds true when things go awry: the end of a partnership is a lot like divorce. Lawyers will be involved and assets will need to be divided. However, a separation need not be overly dramatic or unnecessarily painful. These tips can help make separation easier – and more amicable – should your business partnership…  Read more

Xero + HubDoc: Working Together to Simplify Accounting

Xero has made their next step in bringing automation to the cloud profession by acquiring the document management app Hubdoc. Their shared vision that has been promoted throughout their respective blogs, interviews, social media, and Xerocon gatherings have always been pointed towards code-free accounting. Having the ability to login and have transactions automatically coded would give business owners and accountants the ability to provide more of a higher level of work…  Read more

Similarities and Differences Between a Bookkeeper and an Accountant

They both work with financial data; they’re both essential for managing a successful business. Yet the roles and duties of a bookkeeper and accountant rarely overlap. If you’re like many business owners, you may not be exactly sure of the differences between a bookkeeper and accountant – and whether you should hire one, or both. An established, growth-focused company will employ the services of both an accountant and bookkeeper. The…  Read more

Simplifying Sales Tax After the Supreme Court Ruling

Big changes to state sales tax has come into play for online sellers. Keep reading to find out how using Xero and app add-ons can make this change manageable (and a no-brainer!). On June 21, 2018 the U.S. Supreme Court changed the landscape of sales tax for businesses and consumers by overturning the physical presence standard that was set in 1992. Although big companies like Amazon and Wayfair already collected…  Read more

What is a Virtual CFO? [Infographic]

“Virtual CFO” certainly sounds like a buzzword of the moment, but it’s a service that could be very beneficial in the long run for your startup or small business. Continue reading to find out what a Virtual CFO is, the benefits of outsourcing to a Virtual CFO, and the positive impact one can have on your growing business. Virtual CFO: Defined A Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is a key executive…  Read more

Why Banks Won’t Lend to a Business

How to obtain financing is a common concern for new businesses and those preparing to scale. Getting approved for a business loan or line of credit is more difficult than qualifying for a personal loan. It’s crucial that small business owners are adequately prepared to meet with a lender to present their business in the best possible light and qualify for the money they need. Here’s what you can do…  Read more

How your Small or Emerging Business Can Attract Top Talent

Often small business owners worry unnecessarily when it’s time to hire employees. They fear because they can’t offer the same high salaries and impressive benefits of a large company, they won’t be able to attract skilled workers. Fortunately, for many young workers these days, the ideal job doesn’t necessarily come with a big salary. Often it’s the opportunities and experiences a smaller company can offer that will pique their interest…  Read more

Collaboration: 5 Reasons It’s Essential to a Growing Company

Many elements are vital to a growing company’s success. A financially-astute leader is one. A confident and motivated sales team well-versed in a company’s product and service line is another. But starting and growing a business requires more than employees with extensive functional skills and appropriate personal characteristics. Growing a business requires collaboration – namely, the deployment of employees in a way that allows them to work together to problem-solve and act…  Read more

8 Characteristics of Successful Small Businesses

We now look at eight characteristics important to successful businesses. International researchers who have studied many small businesses have found that these characteristics consistently play a part in the success of small companies. The eight characteristics are: Owners leading by Example Having a simple business structure Information sharing among employees Staff are carefully chosen Staff commitment and loyalty A unique product or service A specific Customer focus Prompt follow up…  Read more

10 Productivity Tools to Help You Do More at Work

In today’s fast-paced world, everyone wants to be more productive. Fortunately, there is an ever-increasing number of tools, many of them available online and across multiple devices, that promise to help us achieve our goals. The challenge then becomes how to know not just which tools will live up to their promise but which tools are right for our business. Choosing the best productivity tools depends on a number of factors,…  Read more

So You’ve Launched Your Business – Now What?

Good news for small business owners: according to the US Small Business Administration, nearly 80% of small businesses survive their first year. However, that number begins to drop as time rolls on. Only half of small businesses pass the five year mark, and a mere third celebrate their tenth anniversary. Taking steps to create a good foundation in the early days of your business is essential for a sustainable and…  Read more

Why you Need Recurring Revenue Streams – and How to Start

Sure, you may have a loyal customer base, but there are also ways to guarantee loyalty month after month or year after year. Adding a recurring revenue stream (or two, or three!) can provide a predictable, ongoing source of income which will improve the accuracy of your projections, increase profits, and provide a buffer for any unexpected sales dips. Here are four easy product offerings to begin earning recurring revenue…  Read more

3 Tasks that Automation Makes Easier for Business Owners

There are a finite number of minutes in the day. What else could you add to your daily to-do list if you had more time? Thanks to apps and today’s technology, there are ways to shorten time spent on mundane tasks that can afford you more time to allocate elsewhere. Do you need more time to network and grow your business? More time to devote to one-on-one client meetings? More…  Read more

Is it Better to Buy or Lease a Company Vehicle?

If you need a car to operate your business, you may wonder whether it makes more sense to purchase or lease. On the one hand, if your business owns the car you’ll have a long-term asset and may qualify for more tax deductions. On the other hand, buying a car is a huge expense and monthly lease payments tend to be lower than car loan payments; they may also be…  Read more

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