Category: Small Business Tips


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

  • Top 10 time-saving software products for your small business

    Posted 2 years ago in Small Business Tips
    by Tim Chaves

    When you’re a small business owner, you’re constantly looking for ways to help your business grow and become more efficient. The good news is that there are tons of productivity tools available.  We’ve gathered a list of some of the best tools out there to help you get things done better and faster.  Let’s dive […]

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  • How to use PayPal Friends and Family—and how not to use it

    Posted 2 years ago in Product ReviewsSmall Business Tips
    by Tim Chaves

    PayPal is a popular payment processor for businesses and individuals—but things get messy when you mix the two.  Here’s everything you need to know about PayPal friends and family transfers (and a few friendly warnings as well). Note: The following applies to Personal PayPal accounts. If you have a PayPal Business account, friends and family […]

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  • How to get started in freelance digital marketing (and rock at it)

    Posted 2 years ago in Small Business Tips
    by Tim Chaves

    The 9 to 5 is a thing of the past. Odds are, you stumbled across this article because you’re dissatisfied with toxic company culture. Or you want more freedom to travel. Or you’d like to choose your clients. Or maybe you’re just tired of listening to Craig slurp down his yogurt everyday.  Whatever the reason—take […]

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  • 6 Business Card Design Best Practices (With Inspiration & Examples)

    Posted 2 years ago in Small Business Tips
    by Tim Chaves

    Regardless of how well a business card design may look, there are fundamental best practices to follow when it comes to design, color, and layout. After all, your business card needs to serve its purpose as one of your most personal and versatile marketing/branding/call-to-action tools that you have. For example, things like logo placement and […]

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  • Free QuickBooks for Nonprofits

    Posted 2 years ago in Small Business Tips
    by Tim Chaves

    Nonprofits thrive when passion is at the helm. If you want to give back as much as you can (and continue to impress donors and investors), you need to keep your expenses low—and that includes the cost of your accounting software. While some accounting software companies offer discounts to nonprofit organizations, Intuit charges full price […]

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  • Voice search optimization: Myth vs Reality

    Posted 3 years ago in Small Business Tips
    by Tim Chaves

    Comscore predicts that by 2020, more than half of all searches will be performed by voice. The popularity of voice assistants is only growing, which means that SEO trends are shifting. Some would go so far as to say that voice search optimization (VSO) is replacing traditional search engine optimization. While this is a bit […]

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  • Xero vs. QuickBooks: Online Accounting Showdown

    Posted 3 years ago in Product ReviewsSmall Business Tips
    by Tim Chaves

    QuickBooks Online and Xero  Quickbooks Online (QBO) is a personal and business bookkeeping software developed by Intuit in the early 2000s to help small businesses with their bookkeeping systems. QuickBooks is big particularly in the U.S. and Canada. Xero Limited was created in 2006 in New Zealand, with a focus on cloud-based business accounting software. […]

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  • The ideal software adoption path for construction and field services

    Posted 3 years ago in Small Business Tips
    by Tim Chaves

    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 3 years ago in Small Business Tips
    by Tim Chaves

    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 3 years ago in Small Business TipsTaxes
    by Tim Chaves

    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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