Author: megsproul


Thoughts on growing a business, raising money, getting the word out,
and increasing profits. Plus, ZipBooks news!

  • Form 8829 Instructions: Your Complete Guide to Expense Your Home Office

    Posted 8 months ago in Small Business TipsTaxes
    by Meg Sproul

    If you have recently become self-employed, chances are you’re pretty nervous about handling tax season as a single-person business. Fortunately, while self-employment makes taxes a little trickier, it can also offer a few perks, like the chance to deduct everyday business expenses from your taxable income. One business expense you may be forgetting that could […]

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  • 1099 Form: Complete Guide for Businesses & Contractors

    Posted 8 months ago in Small Business TipsTaxes
    by Meg Sproul

    Hi! I’m Meg, and I’m self-employed. Confession time: I recently did something pretty awful. I read everything I could find about 1099s on the IRS website. I kind of had to because, for me, tax time is a bit trickier than just submitting my standard W-2s. To avoid being penalized, I have to obtain a […]

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  • 4 Reasons to Ditch Credit Cards for Invoice Financing

    Posted 1 year ago in Small Business Tips
    by Meg Sproul

    One of the challenges of running a small business is that every dollar counts. This means that while paying by credit card may be convenient for your customers, it likely isn’t as convenient for your business, which winds up paying service fees as high as 3% in order to receive your money quickly. Yuck. But […]

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  • The 5 Best Podcasts for Small Business Owners

    Posted 3 years ago in Small Business Tips
    by Meg Sproul

    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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  • 4 Reasons to Ditch QuickBooks for ZipBooks

    Posted 3 years ago in Small Business Tips
    by Meg Sproul

    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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  • Which Payroll Option Is Right for Your Small Business?

    Posted 3 years ago in Small Business Tips
    by Meg Sproul

    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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  • Small Businesses, Are You on Top of Your Quarterly Taxes?

    Posted 3 years ago in Small Business TipsTaxes
    by Meg Sproul

    So you decided to quit your full time job to start your own business. Congratulations! That’s a big step. However, now you’re likely to have a new concern: how to pay taxes. After all, in the past someone probably automatically withheld your income tax for you. Don’t worry–it’s a fairly straightforward process. Now that you work for […]

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  • When Should I Start Outsourcing My Bookkeeping?

    Posted 3 years ago in BookkeepingSmall Business Tips
    by Meg Sproul

    As your business grows, you will naturally begin to have more work that you can reasonably handle by yourself. Before you run out to hire more employees, consider another cost-effective solution: Outsourcing.  Contrary to its negative connotation, outsourcing can be a really good thing. Many of the biggest tech companies, including Slack, Skype, and Box, attribute their […]

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