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Which state has the lowest LLC application fee?

Which state has the lowest LLC application fee?

An important factor that goes into the creation of an LLC is knowing just how much it will cost to get started. You may be asking yourself, “Is the cost and work of creating an LLC going to be worth it for my company?” LLC creation costs vary from state to state, so we’ve provided…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Small businesses, are you on top of your quarterly taxes?

Small businesses, are you on top of your quarterly taxes?

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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Bookkeeper or accountant: which is right for your business?

Bookkeeper or accountant: which is right for your business?

As you run your business, one thing requires particular attention and detail: keeping track of your invoices and expenses. Typically, a bookkeeper or an accountant manages this task. But what’s the difference between the two roles? Many people believe that a bookkeeper and an accountant are exactly the same, because of the similarity of their…

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7 mistakes all freelancers make once (at least)

7 mistakes all freelancers make once (at least)

The joys of freelancing are numerous, but so are the pitfalls. It’s all too easy to be lead astray when you’re completely your own manager. Little “sins” can lead to much bigger ones, and eventually, you may find yourself spinning out of control—at least when it comes to keeping your business on track. To help…

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12 tools to make your tax season less horrible

12 tools to make your tax season less horrible

The first few months of the new year can either be exhilarating or frightening. If you’re setting new goals, the new year is great. If you’re a small business owner, the fear kicks in because you know tax season is right around the corner. Filing taxes isn’t necessarily difficult, it’s just a time that accounts…

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Could your business be doing more recurring billing?

Could your business be doing more recurring billing?

Recurring billing is a great way to grow your business, since you keep getting paid month after month. As you add new customers, those monthly payments really start to add up. But the real question is, are you building the kind of business that people want to keep paying you for each month? If you…

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When should I start outsourcing my bookkeeping?

When should I start outsourcing my bookkeeping?

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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Should you file a paper tax return or go paperless?

Choosing between filing your taxes electronically or mailing them in manually may seem like you’re just selecting the right torture device, but we’re here to reduce the pain of tax season. And, believe it or not, your filing method can have an impact on how smoothly your tax season goes. Paper tax filing method Sending…

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Software for Mac every freelancer should know about

Software for Mac every freelancer should know about

I often get asked what software I use to keep my small-business-and-freelancer ship sailing smoothly. People tend to ask because they see that I have this swanky little laptop that never leaves my side. (Surely a person who is that attached to her computer knows computer stuff, right?) I can’t blame them, because I tend…

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