Category: Small Business Tips


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

  • The ideal software adoption path for construction and field services

    Posted 2 days ago in Small Business Tips
    by Cliff Mitchell

    Sooner or later, most small business owners begin to feel the strain that comes with increased growth. Often, this strain comes from a lack of resources, whether that’s time, money, or people. Sound familiar? The solution to these growing pains is most often found internally through the adoption of software in order to improve efficiency […]

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  • How to write an invoice that gets paid faster

    Posted 4 weeks ago in Small Business Tips
    by Rachel Cottam

    Invoicing doesn’t have to be stressful, it can actually be pretty simple–as long as you know how to write an invoice correctly. What is an invoice? An invoice is a business document detailing a transaction and requesting a payment. Invoices may also be called “bills,” “statements,” or “sales invoices.” Invoices include important details like what […]

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

    Posted 1 month 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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  • Purchase Orders and Invoices: What’s the Difference?

    Posted 2 months ago in Small Business Tips
    by Rachel Cottam

    Understanding all of the paperwork you need to file for your new business can be a little confusing at first. And if you’re a business that deals with physical inventory, you’ll likely be juggling both purchase orders and invoices—but what exactly is the difference between the two? Purchase orders (POs) and invoices are commonly confused […]

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  • 1099 Form: Complete Guide for Businesses & Contractors

    Posted 2 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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  • QuickBooks for Dummies: An alternative

    Posted 2 months ago in Small Business Tips
    by Rachel Cottam

    You’re probably familiar with the brightly colored “For Dummies” books. Some of the best-sellers include “Auto Repair for Dummies,” “English Grammar for Dummies” and “SQL for Dummies.” But did you know there is also a “QuickBooks for Dummies” series? Yes, the same way you need an instruction manual to learn the complex computer code “SQL,” […]

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  • Buy Yelp reviews? Don’t. Here’s a better way.

    Posted 2 months ago in Small Business Tips
    by Jessica Reschke

    Yelp reviews can make or break your business.  A recent survey by BrightLocal found that 91% of consumers trust online reviews as much as peer recommendations. Not to mention, Yelp’s 7.9 million monthly visitors. Unfortunately, because customer feedback has the potential to skyrocket a small business’s leads and revenue, fake reviews have started creeping their way […]

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  • Bookkeeping Terms: a Small Business Reference

    Posted 2 months ago in BookkeepingSmall Business Tips
    by Brad Hanks

    I can’t think of anyone who started their own business because they were excited about the bookkeeping. In fact, very few small business owners have  any background in accounting–yet finances are a crucial part of staying afloat!  Hopefully, you’ve got smart bookkeeping software to do the heavy-lifting for you. You shouldn’t have to count beans, but […]

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  • PayPal vs Venmo vs Zelle: Who’s the best?

    Posted 2 months ago in Product ReviewsSmall Business Tips
    by Jonathan Besquin

    The peer-to-peer payment app war is growing fierce. The use of P2P (peer-to-peer) payment apps is expected to grow by double digits across all age groups through 2021. Just last year, P2P transactions exceeded $120 billion. Let’s take a look at three of the most popular apps–Paypal vs Venmo vs Zelle–and see who comes out the […]

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  • The Best Receipt Scanners: From Mobile Apps to Magic Wands

    Posted 3 months ago in BookkeepingProduct ReviewsSmall Business Tips
    by Rachel Cottam

    Experienced business owners know to save their receipts. Not only is this data crucial to expense reports, if you hope to claim any deductions or credits on your tax return, you’ll need proof. In the olden days, entrepreneurs might have stuffed their receipts into a shoebox until the IRS came knocking. But now, a digital […]

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