Our New Hire Checklist Makes Employee Onboarding Paperwork Easier

You’re running your small business. One day you drop into your chair to catch your breath, and you realize you need help. Maybe you have employees, but they’re working as hard as you are. You need a new hire. What’s the paperwork process when you hire someone? The first thing you need to sort out is this: Are you hiring an employee or an independent contractor. This will determine your tax situation and your paperwork because

Best Apps for Accountants and CPAs

This article is a collaboration between our head of support, Annette and Sarah MacLennan of Academic Knowledge. There are so many apps that accountants could use to make their lives easier but here are a few we believe are the best apps for accountants. If you have a few you love submit them in the comments. Apps for Accountants To Increase Productivity Better Communication & Productivity Jetpack workflow helps CPA’s & Bookkeepers Automate & Track Recurring

What Is Gift Marketing?

What is “Gift Marketing”? Gift marketing is sending a potential customer or social media influencer a gift. For the record, I hate the term “social media influencer,” but I couldn’t think of a better name for “a person with a lot of followers on Twitter.” I’m up for suggestions. But what’s the purpose of gift marketing? The point of any marketing is getting attention. Attention, eyeballs, awareness, top-of-mind branding equals revenue for your company. When you

Employment Experts Tell All

What You Need to Know About the FLSA Wage and hour lawsuits filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act have risen by 456 percent since 1995 and experts predict the trend to continue. Based on a series of interviews with TSheets, a time tracking app, here's what employment law attorneys recommend you do to mitigate your risk of a lawsuit (you can read the full scoop in "7 Deadly Sins: FLSA Violations You Must Avoid."). Avoid These

How to write a Demand For Payment Letter to Collect on Past Due Invoices

How to write a Demand For Payment Letter To Collect On Past Due Invoices I’m writing this article in collaboration with Anitha Cadambi, an attorney from California who actually enjoys writing about the law! Let's talk a bit about collecting payments and writing Demand for Payment letters Let’s start with a hypothetical situation: “Beachy Design Studios,” a Florida-based design firm, lands a big awesome website project in 2011 with “Mountain Top Hotel,” a Colorado-based hotel chain.

End of Year Tax Planning

It’s fall…as a business owner what should you be focusing on? Fall is such a distracting time for me. The weather changes, there’s excitement because it’s football season, and on the coast we start fishing more. It’s so hard as business owners to pull our heads out of the day-to-day or week-to-week grind of running a company. We’re too distracted by client deadlines, tasks and managing employees to look into the future far enough to

How Afraid Should You Be of the Fiscal Cliff?

Everywhere you look, you find someone talking about the impending doom of “taxmageddon” a.k.a. the fiscal cliff. You can gather by the name that no good is expected to come from the tax disaster that lurks on the horizon. Congressional negotiations are underway to prevent. Before panicking, though, it’s important to understand the potential outcomes, what each means for you, and what you can do to prepare. I won’t go into detail of all of

Client Gifts – What should you buy them?

You’ve received business gifts, right? Maybe it was a calendar from your pest control company, or perhaps a birthday card with a gift certificate to Outback Steakhouse from your financial advisor. Have you given a business gift? Great idea. Before you whip out your credit card, let’s stop and think this through. This is a business move, so treat it seriously. Consider these factors: What do you hope to achieve by giving his gift?Who is the

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