Author: taylorlarsen


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  • A Big Guide to Little’s Law

    Posted 1 year ago in Small Business Tips
    by Taylor Larsen

    DISCLAIMER: This article uses basic math. If math makes you break out in a rash, proceed with caution. In 1961, John Little made a big splash in queueing theory with his self-titled Little’s Law. Queueing theory is the mathematical study of waiting lines, or queues. Consultants and researchers use queueing theory to predict queue lengths […]

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  • Introduction to Financial Reports: Balance Sheets and Income Statements

    Posted 1 year ago in Small Business Tips
    by Taylor Larsen

    All financial reports are built up from debits and credits that make up all the recorded transactions, also called “journal entries”, on your general ledger, so here’s a quick accounting review before we dive into an intro on the two most important financial reports, or you can just jump to the income statement guide or […]

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  • What is the difference between double-entry accounting and single-entry accounting?

    Posted 1 year ago in Small Business Tips
    by Taylor Larsen

    Here at ZipBooks, we’re working hard to make accounting simple enough for anyone to understand. So, let’s break it down. Essentially, there are two solid ways to do accounting: double-entry accounting and single-entry accounting. So, which one is better? That gets a little more complicated. It depends on what you want to do. Double-entry accounting […]

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  • Top 37 Electronic Wallet Apps

    Posted 1 year ago in Small Business Tips
    by Taylor Larsen

    There are literally hundreds of wallet apps out there competing for your attention. Banks, credit card companies and app developers are all trying to capture market share by creating the best, or most familiar, digital wallet app for consumers. We’ve narrowed it down to 37 wallets that can help both consumer and business to budget […]

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  • Top 8 Marketing Email Services of 2017

    Posted 1 year ago in Small Business Tips
    by Taylor Larsen

    There are plenty of marketing email services out there. Some get plenty of praise for social media sharing tools, customizability, or easy user interface. Like other types of marketing or advertising, businesses are paying these email services to directly connect with their customers. The goal with these marketing email services is to create engaging emails […]

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  • Top 7 Independent Contractor Tax Deductions for 2017

    Posted 1 year ago in Small Business Tips
    by Taylor Larsen

    We’re nearly a whole year away from tax season, but it’s never too early to be prepared, right? Let’s get a jump start on taxes, and more importantly, letting people know what receipts they need to hold on to. We’ve come up with a list of the seven most important tax deductions for independent contractors […]

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  • Business Expense Categories Take the Hassle Out of Taxes

    Posted 1 year ago in Small Business Tips
    by Taylor Larsen

    William Shakespeare famously wrote: “To business expense or not to business expense, that is the question.” Just kidding. Don’t believe every quote on the internet. However, the question has probably haunted you more than Hamlet’s father haunted him. What qualifies as deductible and what doesn’t? How do navigate expense categories? Deductible Expenses If you’re doing […]

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  • Freelance Photography Jobs and Where to Find Them

    Posted 1 year ago in Small Business Tips
    by Taylor Larsen

    If you love taking pictures, setting your own schedule, working where you want, and doing what you want, then we have the career for you: freelance photography. But where to start? Keep your profile and parts portfolio in as many places as possible. Having too much work is better than not having enough. And there […]

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  • 5 Questions to Ask Your CPA Before Next Tax Season

    Posted 2 years ago in Small Business Tips
    by Taylor Larsen

    Choosing an accountant seems like an easy choice. You like money, they like counting it. Match made in heaven, right? Maybe. But there’s certainly more to it than that. Here are a few questions to ask a CPA to see if they’re the right fit for your business. Why did you choose accounting and finance […]

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  • What Is the Difference Between Invoice Factoring and Invoice Financing?

    Posted 2 years ago in Small Business Tips
    by Taylor Larsen

    We’ve all been there, watching the clock, waiting for a client to come good on an invoice. We want to trust that clients will pay us, but when the payment is out of our hands, it’s hard not to bite our nails off in anxious anticipation. But do we need to be nervous when there […]

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