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Hiring a virtual bookkeeper for your small business

Hiring a virtual bookkeeper for your small business

Modern technology simplifies and streamlines staffing a small business, no matter where you are. You no longer need to the traditional full office with people typing away in cubicles. Skype, instant messaging, and webinars allow us to work from anywhere in the world, and still get the job done. But technology doesn’t just help you…

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Which online accounting software is (still) the fastest?

Which online accounting software is (still) the fastest?

Let’s go back in time to a year ago. We had just upgraded our app to PHP 7 and we were feeling pretty confident that we had the fastest-loading online accounting software app out there. Turns out we were right, but one calendar year can be a whole lot more in software development years, so…

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8 Best Apps for Small and Medium Business Owners

Financial advisor, problems solver, project manager, marketer—these are just a few of the many roles you fill as a business owner. Especially if you are a small business owner. You’re often pulled in many directions at once. Not only are you in charge of everyday operations, but you also handle employee issues, vendor relations, payroll,…

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S corporations, taxes & you

S corporations, taxes & you

I put together a presentation on S corps for an Assembled 2017 breakout session and decided to turn it into a blog post. Maybe it’s just me, but I much prefer reading my information to watching it in video form where you are limited by the speed of the presenter. I’m going to walk you…

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5 Common Freelance Problems: Myth vs. Reality

5 Common Freelance Problems: Myth vs. Reality

So you’re thinking about going freelance? It’s a tough decision and definitely one that can be life-changing for the better if done correctly. Or for the worst if not. Before you quit your horrible day job with your horrible boss to work from the comfort of your bed and work for yourself, here are a…

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Which corporate structure is right for you?

With tax season quickly approaching, now is the time to make a decision about the legal structure of your company. This decision will not only have an impact on how you pay your taxes, but it will also affect the liability you face, your ability to raise money, and the amount of paperwork that will…

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What is a sole proprietorship?

What is a sole proprietorship?

Sole proprietorship If you’re making money on your own and aren’t sure how the IRS is going to classify your income, chances are you’re a sole proprietor and didn’t even know it. A sole proprietorship is a business that is owned by a single person. You can either be running an unincorporated business or an…

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Doing Business As (DBA): What is it?

Doing Business As (DBA): What is it?

In the course of setting up and running your business, you’ve probably encountered more new legal terms, tax law, and regulation hoops to last the whole “perpetual existence” of your business. The bad news is that there’s probably more to come that you aren’t even aware of yet. Here’s the good news—you don’t have to…

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The 5 best podcasts for small business owners

The 5 best podcasts for small business owners

Never say, “I don’t have time to learn new business strategies” again. Chances are, you spend a fair amount of time every day doing things like commuting, driving, washing dishes, folding laundry—tasks that are necessary, but that also make it difficult to read up on ways to better your business. However, this also means you have…

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5 business tips I learned from starting my law practice

5 business tips I learned from starting my law practice

When I started my solo law practice at the beginning of 2015, I knew it would be hard—everyone tells you it’s going to be hard. I took a whole class my last year of law school that could have been named “Solo Practice Is Hard.” Heck, I’d seen my Dad start a solo practice, not…

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4 reasons to ditch QuickBooks for ZipBooks

4 reasons to ditch QuickBooks for ZipBooks

Many of our customers are small business owners who have discovered ZipBooks after becoming dissatisfied with the poor customer service and bad user experiences common to QuickBooks users. In fact, that’s one of the main reasons we started ZipBooks. We believed we could build a better DIY platform for small business owners to handle invoicing…

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ZipBooks 2.0 Reports

ZipBooks 2.0 Reports

Hey ZipBookers! We know you’re excited about ZipBooks 2.0, so we’re sending over a preview of the new reports section. Spolier alert: We’re adding Balance Sheet and Accounts Receivable reports. Balance Sheet preview We’re automating balance sheet reporting by category. In “accountant speak,” we’re creating your balance sheet by aggregating your journal entries based on…

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9 Ways to Create Daily Networking Opportunities

9 Ways to Create Daily Networking Opportunities

A few weeks ago, I signed up for a conference with a few hundred other professionals who work in my field. As I was perusing the agenda the night before, I noticed that the first thirty minutes of the event were reserved for “networking and mingling.” I immediately broke into a cold sweat. As an introvert,…

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ZipBooks awarded $100K from Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development

ZipBooks awarded $100K from Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development

LEHI, UT (Jan. 19, 2017)—Lehi-based ZipBooks and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced the accounting software startup will receive a $100,000 economic grant as a part of GOED’s Technology Commercialization and Innovation Program (TCIP). The purpose of the TCIP grant is to help companies secure funding at critical points in their commercialization lifecycle…

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What does the ideal bookkeeping service look like?

What does the ideal bookkeeping service look like?

Running a business is a balancing act. It can be hard to keep track of your clients, products, and employees all at once, let alone while balancing a budget. Bookkeeping services can take a lot off your plate, but not all bookkeeping companies are created equal. Here are some qualities to look for on your…

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Tax avoidance vs. tax evasion

Tax avoidance vs. tax evasion

There’s an issue I wanted to address before tax season arrives. There’s a big difference between tax evasion and knowing tax regulations well enough to avoid paying unnecessary taxes. People who don’t know where the line is often try to be safe by staying as far away from tax evasion as possible and end up…

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Product update: December

Product update: December

Hey ZipBookers! We’ve been busy building an accounting app that will keep pace with the needs of your growing business. As part of that evolution, we’re giving you a preview of what’s in the pipeline. Spolier alert: it’s accounting software that makes you even smarter. Doubling down on design We’ve designed an interface more intuitive…

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Native Android app preview

Native Android app preview

Android app update We’re getting closer to releasing the first version of our native Android app. Here’s a preview of what that will look like. Excited? I know we are! Interested in beta testing? If you like what you see and want to get early access to the Android app, log into the app, and…

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Small business bookkeeping: what to do when you fall behind

Small business bookkeeping: what to do when you fall behind

One of the dreaded tasks of owning a small business is doing your own bookkeeping and accounting. When you fall behind on your books, it can become very disheartening. You’re continually trying to dig yourself out and get caught up, only to get more behind. Soon, it seems easier to just put the bookkeeping tasks…

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Which payroll option is right for your small business?

Which payroll option is right for your small business?

Your business has grown large enough that you need to hire an employee or two. Congratulations! Now that you’ve finished the hiring process, it’s time to make the next big decision: how to pay people. As a business owner, you have a few of options when it comes to handling payroll. You could handle it…

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