Category: Small Business Tips


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

  • When to Use Tax Form 1099-C for Cancellation of Debt

    Posted 1 week ago in Small Business Tips
    by Karin Hernandez

    Sometimes, despite your best efforts to manage your debt responsibly, the situation gets out of your control and you find yourself owing more than you can reasonably pay back. In that case, there are ways for you to negotiate with your creditors so that they accept less than the total of what you owe. Unfortunately, […]

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  • What Is IRS Form 1099-SA: Distributions from an HSA, Archer MSA, or Medicare Advantage MSA?

    Posted 3 weeks ago in Small Business Tips
    by Karin Hernandez

    While most health insurance plans offer the ability to pay for your premiums with pre-tax dollars, there are now some plans that offer additional tax-free or tax-deferred benefits. If you participate in a high-deductible plan that is paired with a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Medical Savings Account (MSA) for your out-of-pocket expenditures, then your […]

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  • 1099-K vs 1099-MISC—What’s the Difference?

    Posted 4 weeks ago in Small Business Tips
    by Brad Hanks

    If you use contract employees (also known as independent contractors, freelancers, or self-employed workers), you know you have to issue them a 1099-MISC if you pay them over $600 in a year. But what’s this new thing called a 1099-K, and what does it have to do with your business? In other words, what’s the […]

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  • What Is a Schedule K-1 Form?

    Posted 4 weeks ago in TaxesSmall Business Tips
    by Jenny Rollins

    Taxes can get all kinds of complicated. You have to fill out a series of forms that you don’t understand and then the IRS penalizes you when it’s not done properly. There’s no reason to make things harder than they need to be. So, let’s break down the Schedule K-1 form together. Very basically, a […]

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  • Top 69 Blockchain Companies

    Posted 1 month ago in Small Business Tips
    by Jenny Rollins

    You may have heard the phrase blockchain before, but we’re going to try to explain what it means so that small business owners that aren’t cryptocurrency gurus can keep up. Blockchain is basically a digital ledger for bitcoin transactions. But what’s a bitcoin?  Bitcoin is a brand name (think Kleenex or Band-Aid) that has become […]

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  • A Big Guide to Little’s Law

    Posted 2 months 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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  • Freelance Jobs Are Easier than Ever to Find Online 2017 (47 websites)

    Posted 2 months ago in Small Business Tips
    by Jenny Rollins

    So, you’ve decided to pick up some freelance jobs so you can work from home and be your own boss. Getting started freelancing can be pretty tricky, whether it’s a side hustle or full-time job. Where do you begin? Luckily, here at ZipBooks, we get it. We’ve been there, and we’re here to give you […]

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  • Top Time Tracking Software of 2017

    Posted 2 months ago in Small Business Tips
    by Megan Jensen

    Time can be hard to keep track of, even with time tracking software. It’s something that gets wasted, paid-for, kept, tracked, and ignored. Some say that time is money, and in a job where you get paid based on the time you spend on a specific project, that saying becomes fairly literal. If you’re like […]

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  • 17 Payment Company Options for Every Business Size

    Posted 2 months ago in Small Business Tips
    by Brad Hanks

    When you’ve got a business, the point is to get paid, right? There are all sorts of different ways to receive payments these days, some more efficient than others. Would you rather wait for a check in the mail, or receive an electronic deposit right to your bank account? Seems like a no-brainer! Here’s some […]

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  • Cheapest Shipping Rates for Your Small Business

    Posted 2 months ago in Small Business Tips
    by Jenny Rollins

    The average person doesn’t usually include shipping rates as a regular, consistent category in the budget. But you aren’t the average person—you’re a proud small business owner—which means you are shipping a considerable number of packages weekly. But you’re also not getting the bulk shipping discounts like some bigger businesses that ship hundreds of packages […]

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